Trail Crews

Our Performance Trail Crews are seasonal trail maintenance and construction teams that keep the 1,200 mile Pacific Northwest Trail open for everyone to enjoy.

Located high in the rugged mountain ranges of the Northwest, access to many trailheads along the PNT is limited most of the year. Our Performance Trail Crews help us make the most of the short season. Each summer, they travel to work wherever they are needed most, restoring the trail from nature’s toll and working to improve the trail system.

PNTA Olympic Trail Crew 2021

The PNTA performs over 80% of our maintenance and construction on the Pacific Northwest Trail with youth and young adults from trailside communities and schools near the PNT. In 2021, seven trail crews worked across the trail corridor in Washington State.

Trail Crew Members

Performance Trail Crew Members spend the summer outdoors discovering our scenic public lands while working on the Pacific Northwest Trail.

Teams of 3-6 people are guided by certified PNTA Crew Leaders on projects that are fun and challenging.

Performance Trail Crew Members play an important role in the maintenance and construction of the Pacific Northwest Trail.

Hike and Work Outdoors

Unplug and take a break from life as usual; spend the summer outdoors discovering spectacular wild places while working on the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail.

Get Paid and Stay Fit

Trail tools are powered by sweat, skill and perseverance. A summer spent working on a trail crew is a great way to stay fit while working at a good paying summer job.

Build Skills for the Outdoors

Get trained to build trails and camp out under the stars. Your pathway to a lifetime of adventure or a future career working in the outdoor industry begins here.

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Trail Crew Leaders

Our certified Crew Leaders mentor the next generation of outdoor leaders, training small trail crews to tend trails and guiding them on long backcountry hitches in spectacular wild places.

Our certified crew leaders are dedicated trail stewards with a passion for outdoor education.

Build on a Legacy

The PNT was designated a National Scenic Trail recently in 2009. Your work will leave a lasting contribution to the enhancement of one of America’s newest and most remarkable long-distance trails.

Make a Difference

Share your passion and facilitate meaningful outdoor experiences as a mentor and guide. Help train the next generation of trail stewards and outdoor leaders.

Training and Bonuses

Get basic First Aid/ CPR training and chainsaw and crosscut bucking certifications and more. PNTA provides bonuses for advanced certifications for Wilderness First Aid and First Responder-certified hires.


Thanks to the generous donors to our Youth Crew Heroes campaign and our corporate partners, REI and Hydroflask, PNTA raised over $60,000 for our trail crews in 2018. With your support, we will expand our youth service program with an additional trail crew, enhance our crew leader training program, and update our tool cache for the 2019 season.


Help Outfit our Youth Crews

PNTA is proud to work with corporate partners, like Six Moon Designs, to help minimize the cost of participation in our free youth service program. Please contact us to learn how in-kind product donations can eliminate economic barriers to participation for our youth crew members’ families. With a long list of gear needed to participate, outdoor retailers can help make this life-changing outdoor experience more accessible for all.

The PNTA performs over 80% of our maintenance and construction on the Pacific Northwest Trail with youth and young adults from trailside communities.