1. Explore the Trail and Help Encourage Responsible Use
Pacific Northwest Trail users have helped to explore, map and promote this world class mountain-to-sea route across the Northwest. From the beginning PNT’ers knew that “treading lightly on the land” was everyone’s responsibility and the key to protecting the PNT for generations to come.
Practice Leave No Trace
The PNTA encourages all users to practice the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace. LNT principles communicate the best available minimum impact guidance for enjoying the outdoors responsibly. The Principles are based not only on a respect for nature and other visitors, they are also based on and supported by scientific research.
Practice Leave No Trace both while enjoying the PNT and before you set out, by taking the time to thoroughly Plan Ahead and Prepare. Resources on this website, like our Plan Your Trip and Explore the Trail webpages will help you to enjoy the PNT responsibly and to do your part to protect the trail and the experience for other backcountry visitors.
Explore the Trail
The 1200 mile Pacific Northwest Trail is a continuous, primarily non-motorized pathway which offers outstanding recreation opportunity.
Yours to explore, the trail is primarily used by hikers, backpackers, and equestrians, who enjoy it one day at a time, or as a complete end-to-end adventure. The PNT provides a world-class opportunity for all to experience the diversity of ecosystems and communities in the Northwestern United States.
Share Your Story
Sharing tales of our PNT adventures helps to raise awareness and support needed to protect the trail. Today, nearly everyone loves to share photos and stories of their outdoor adventures, on social media. Before posting your PNT photos, please be sure to consider your responsibilities for photo sharing under Leave No Trace and do your part to encourage responsible use.
If you are thinking of giving a presentation about your PNT adventure, we would love to hear about it! Contact us for more information.