Challenges and Risks
“Against the Grain” is the unofficial slogan of the Pacific Northwest Trail with good reason. The 1,200 mile route climbs over seven mountain ranges using a combination of pathways which form the Crown-to-Coast route of the PNT.
Some of these pathways present unique risks which mountaineers and climbers may be more familiar than hikers and equestrians typically are. Where these areas occur, the PNTA has taken care to call attention to them on our map set.
Those uncomfortable or unprepared for the situations described here can plan to avoid these areas and explore other, more accessible portions of the trail. All users should “Plan Ahead and Prepare” — safety is never guaranteed on the Pacific Northwest Trail.