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Volunteer

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!
What is a PNTA volunteer work party?

Our volunteer trail work parties are trail maintenance and construction projects on the Pacific Northwest Trail system. Whether you have only a few hours to contribute or you would like join us for a few days in the backcountry, we offer many ways to get involved. We currently host volunteer trail work parties in six regions along the PNT, the Olympic Peninsula, Puget Sound, North Cascades, Pasayten Wilderness, Okanogan and Northeast Washington. Visit our events calendar to find an event near you.

Trail Work Parties

Trail work parties offer something for nearly anyone who is interested in trail stewardship. 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.

Visit our events calendar to learn more.

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. 

Visit our events calendar to learn more.

PNTA Log-out Crew
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. 

Visit our events calendar to learn more.

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?
How Do I Join a Volunteer Event?

First-Time Volunteers

  1. Sign Up: Get email updates about events from PNTA (optional)
  2. Find a Work Party: Search our calendar for events that match your interests
  3. Register: Enroll as volunteer and apply to join an upcoming trail work party
  4. Get Confirmation: A PNTA representative will contact you to confirm your registration.

Returning Volunteers

  1. Find a Work Party: Search our calendar for events that match your interests
  2. Register: Apply to join an upcoming trail work party
  3. Get Confirmation: A PNTA representative will contact you to confirm your registration.
How Do I Find a Trail Work Party?

Visit Our Events Map

Visit Our Events Calendar

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