Above:  Views of Jack Mountain and the North Cascades from the Devils Ridge Trail/ PNT. Photo by Michael Sawiel.

Pacific Northwest Trail Maps

Official maps of the Pacific Northwest Trail produced by the PNTA are free for non-commercial use. The PNTA mapset is revised annually and is created in cooperation with local land management agencies and other partners to provide the most comprehensive information available for the Pacific Northwest Trail.

Navigation is Challenging on the PNT

Carrying multiple navigation tools and having the knowledge to use them is essential on the PNT. Even experienced backpackers are surprised by how challenging it can be to traverse compared to longer established National Scenic Trails.

These large scale Overview Maps are designed to be used with PNTA Strip Maps to aid in trip planning. Use these maps to explore the trail before you go and to “choose your adventure” from the many popular alternate routes along the 1200 mile trail corridor. The 2021 mapset also describes the PNT as 50 consecutive stages to make it simpler to compare mileage and other characteristics of various routes.

The PNTA mapset is revised annually and includes an 140 page set of Strip Maps for use in navigating the trail. It also includes a set of section Overview Maps a resupply planner and other supplemental info. All official and popular alternate routes are included as well as detailed page notes which describe trail conditions and promote responsible trail use, Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics and land manager regulations.

Companion Resources

Using multiple navigation tools is essential on the Pacific Northwest Trail. PNTA maps are designed to be used with companion resources, like The Pacific Northwest Trail Digest, an essential tool for every aspiring thru-hiker. While critical notes are included on the PNTA Strip Maps, guidebook author, Tim Youngbluth provides supplemental information to help in navigation, route choice decisions, resupply and much more.

 

Updated for the 2021 season, Guthook’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest Trail is a map-based hiking app which can turn your smartphone into a powerful navigation tool. The official hiking app of the Pacific Northwest Trail Association is produced through a partnership with Atlas Guides to deliver the most up-to-date information about our dynamic trail corridor.

Maps of the Pacific Northwest Trail on our National Parks

National Geographic Maps

National Geographic Trail Illustrated Maps can be extremely useful for navigating the PNT on our National Parks and adjacent National Forests. These large scale maps can supplement your navigation toolset with trail and topographic information for a much a larger area around the PNT trail corridor than our PNTA strip maps show. Please note that these maps may not show popular alternate routes of the PNT.

NPS Backcountry Trip Planning Maps

National Park Service maps of the backcountry campsites along the PNT on our National Parks can be found at the links below. These maps are very useful in trip and backcountry permit planning.

Maps of the PNT on our National Forests

Maps of the PNT on our National Forests can be found at the links below. Please note that the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail may not be called out on these maps. In some cases, the trail corridor may only be referred to by a local trail name (i.e. Kettle Crest Trail #13).

Maps of the PNT on other Public Lands

Maps of the Pacific Northwest Trail on state, county, and municipal lands can be found at the links below. Please note that the congressional route or popular alternate routes of the PNT may not be indicated on these trail maps. In some cases, the trail corridor may only be referred to by a local trail name.

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