Volunteer
with the
PNTA

The Pacific Northwest Trail connects people and communities from the Pacific Ocean to the Rocky Mountains.

Volunteers like you make lasting contributions to the enhancement of America’s newest National Scenic Trail. Just one day of service at a volunteer trail work party can make a big difference and is a fun way to give back to the trails we love!

Find a project by visiting our events calendar, or learn more about becoming a PNTA volunteer trail steward below.

Three Ways to Get Involved

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Trail Work Parties

Volunteer trail work parties offer something for everyone. Many are ideal for beginning volunteers who are looking to help out for a few days or only a few hours. Many projects are in frontcountry work sites and provide opportunities to camp out on the trail or in frontcountry campgrounds nearby.

Backcountry Trips

These overnight trail work parties provide opportunities for backcountry camping on the trail for one or more nights. Volunteers will need backpacking skills and equipment, and be able to hike long distances to help us service hard-to-reach parts of the trail in more remote backcountry areas. 

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Drop-in Work Parties

Drop-in work parties give experienced volunteers an opportunity to work alongside PNTA Performance Trail Crews on intermediate or difficult projects. These work parties are usually time-flexible for volunteers, who can arrange to join our crews for the day, or for a multi-day adventure. 

How to Join an Event

1.  Find a Work Party

Visit our calendar to find projects on your favorite part of the trail.

2. Register

Enroll as a volunteer — then apply to join a trail work party.

3. Get Confirmation

A PNTA representative will contact you to confirm your registration.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Experience Needed?

For most trail work parties, no experience is necessary. PNTA crew leaders provide all of the training needed to work safely and to have fun. We also provide all of the tools and personal protective equipment needed. Review our list of work parties to find a project that will work best for you.

What Gets Done?
  • Brush Out:  Pruning back brushy plants and shrubs from the trail
  • Tread Work:  Preserving the surface of the trail so that it drains well
  • Log Out:  Cutting and removing trees that have fallen across the trail
  • Construction:  Building rock walls, kiosks, steps and boardwalks
  • Conservation:  Revegetating damaged areas, pulling invasive weeds
Where Can I Learn More?
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