Would you like to help PNTA Trail Crews this summer?
We have multiple opportunities for drop-in volunteer trail work to choose from. Join our crews in beautiful settings on the Pacific Northwest Trail for the day, or longer, if you like. No experience is necessary for most trips; PNTA will provide training, tools, and safety equipment. Volunteers will need to bring sturdy leather boots, gloves and camping equipment if they plan to spend the night.
If you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities, please RSVP by filling out a volunteer form. Please be sure to tell us which trip and dates work best for you.
1 Andrews Creek Trail 504
Pasayten Wilderness, PNT Section 6
Friday, June 29th – Tuesday, July 3rd
Wildfires have damaged many trails in Washington’s remote and rugged Pasayten Wilderness. Last year’s Diamond Creek Wildfire alone encompassed 22 miles of the Boundary Trail 533/ Pacific Northwest Trail. Because the first heavy snows in the fall of 2017 put the fire out, trail conditions after the fire will not be fully known until after scouting begins this summer.
While it’s not part of the PNT trail corridor, the Andrews Creek Trail 504, is a critical pathway between the PNT at Spanish Camp (mile 646) and equestrian accessible trailheads 16 miles to the south. Rehabilitating the tread of Trail 504 will allow stock to travel safely to the Boundary Trail, and enable packers to deliver needed equipment and supplies to other trail crews working to restore the PNT/ Boundary Trail 533. In this large roadless area, trail crews operate from remote spike camps, deep in the rugged Wilderness.
Join PNTA crews and other volunteers, like the Back Country Horsemen of Washington, for a volunteer work party. Drop in volunteers will hike north from the Andrews Creek Trailhead and car camp with other volunteers.
Did You Know? The success of the Trails Stewardship Act Depends on people like you. Late in 2016, Congress signed the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act, H.R. 845 and S.1110, into law. Created to help address the growing maintenance backlog caused by a lack of funding for trails at the USFS, the Trails Stewardship Act seeks to increase the amount of trail maintenance performed by volunteers by 100% by 2021.
2 Baker Lake Trail 610
Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, PNT Section 7
Wednesday, May 16th – Thursday, May 24th
High storm flows over the winter damaged the Blum Creek Bridge on the Baker Lake Trail/ PNT. Erosion caused the bridge to drop off the south bank of the creek and washed away the trail there. Help PNTA crews heft rocks to fill gabion baskets to reinforce the banks of the creek using a combination of muscle and machine power.
From Interstate 5, the worksite is about 50 miles east and can be reached with a short hike on easy trail from the Baker River Trailhead. Camp overnight with the crew, or visit other area campgrounds.
3 Sullivan Lake area trails
Colville National Forest, PNT Section 3
Sunday, June 24th – Tuesday, July 3rd
Due to damage caused by the Noisy Creek Wildfire in 2017, several trails which form the Pacific Northwest Trail east of Metaline Falls are in need of repair. You can help restore the PNT by assisting our Sky Performance Crew while they repair the tread of the Noisy Creek Trail 588. Crews will also be responsible for log-out, brushing and drainage maintenance.
Drop-in volunteers will hike from the Noisy Creek and other area trailheads to join the crew. Volunteers are welcome to enjoy free camping with the crew on Forest Service Campgrounds.
4 Devils Ridge Trail
Pasayten Wilderness, PNT Section 6
Wednesday, June 20th – Sunday, July 1st
If you are an experienced backpacker and are interested in working and hiking on the PNT in the remote and stunning Pasayten Wilderness, then help out our SKY Pasayten Crew on the Devil’s Ridge Trail 752/ PNT.
From the East Bank Trailhead, in North Cascades National Park, hike north from SR 20 on the East Bank Trail along emerald Ross Lake to the junction of the Devils Ridge Trail (PNT mile 718.4, page 073). From there, climb east to the National Forest boundary for stunning views of the North Cascades along the ridge. Note that a minimum of 15 miles of strenuous hiking will be required to join the crew, so plan on setting aside a minimum of three days for this trip.