Colville National Forest Sign

8-28 PNT Swan Butte Cutoff Trail

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Date(s): 08/28/2021 - 08/31/2021
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Swan Lake Trailhead


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Project Profile
  • Region: Northeast Washington
  • Experience: No Experience Needed
  • Ages: adults; 16–17 with guardian consent; 10–15 accompanied by a guardian
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Hike Length: 0–3 miles
  • Trip Type: Volunteer Trail Work Party
  • Trip Type: Day Trip(s), Multi-day
  • Project Type: Log Out, Brush Out, Tread Work, Construction

Project Description

West of the Kettle Crest the PNT wends across public lands toward the Okanogan Highlands. The route is made up of a combination of popular trails and lesser known ones, like the Swan Butte Cutoff Trail. This segment of the PNT between Swan Lake and Swan Butte Road passes through an area damaged by wildfire. With volunteers’ help, we can restore this stretch of the PNT up to National Scenic Trail standards.

Volunteer “swampers” will work with PNTA sawyers, helping to roll log rounds and remove cut branches from the trail corridor.

There will also be opportunities for volunteers to help maintain the tread and trail corridor. They can shape the trail surface and install drains for runoff, and lop away brush growing in the trail. We may also build short lengths of new trail to connect existing benches.

Crew leaders work on the trail for the duration of the trip, but volunteer crew members are free to participate for as long as they like.

See Resources (below) for Frequently Asked Questions and daypack recommendations.

Project Details
  • PNTA Last Worked Here: unknown
  • Project Leader: Kristin Ackerman
  • Trail Crew Leader/s: Mackenzie & Jonny
  • Trip Time: up to 8+ hrs daily, + drive time
  • Hike Distance: up to 6 miles round trip
  • Spots Available: 4
  • Cost: Free
Other Location Info
  • Land Manager: Colville National Forest — Republic Ranger District
  • Rendezvous Point: Swan Lake
  • Staging Area: 
  • Camping: Available with PNTA staff at semi-developed walk-in sites at Swan Lake
  • Directions: See Location for directions

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Volunteer Resources

Please note, all work party projects are subject to change. Unfortunately, sometimes the weather and other unforeseen circumstances may cause us to cancel or reschedule an event. If we make any changes to an event after you have registered, we will contact you as soon as possible with new information.


  1. Register:  Search for an event on your favorite trail and register for the amount of time you would like to help out.
  2. Get Confirmation:  If you’re a new volunteer at PNTA, we’ll email a Volunteer Enrollment Form so that you can complete your registration.
  3. Join us on the Trail:  After we confirm your registration, a PNTA representative will contact you with more information about the event.