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Clearing a Path Through the Pasayten

Boundary Trail Pasayten Wilderness
How PNTA and our partners battled blowdowns and years of wildfire damage to restore access to the Boundary Trail in the Pasayten Wilderness Pressed up against the jagged peaks that…

Six Moon Designs Donation

Six Moon Designs Donation
On August 18th, 2019, Six Moon Designs, manufacturers of lightweight, high-quality, affordable backpacking equipment, made a generous donation of outdoor gear to the Association’s Performance Trail Crew program.  With new…

Swift Creek Trail Backcountry Trip

Location:  Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Difficulty:  Moderate
Length:  Multi-Day
Spots Available:  12
No prior experience is required for this project. 
Volunteers must have backpacking gear.
Food provided.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: PNTA Volunteers will help with brushing and treadwork on the Swift Creek Trail #607 between 4th of July Creek and the Lake Anne Trailhead. This rugged trail is part of the 1200 mile Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail and provides access to the Mt. Baker Wilderness and connects the Mt Baker Ski Area to Baker Lake to the south.  Volunteers will be camping just north of 4th of July Creek Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Local Back Country Horsemen volunteers will provide stock support and pack in tools and supplies to the worksite.The project is rated “moderate” due to the backcountry setting for the work party. The trailwork is relatively easy and suitable for beginners. Volunteers will need to hike several miles along the rugged Swift Creek Trail. Volunteers will need backpacking equipment and skills for backcountry camping for three nights. Wilderness regulations apply. 

Preparing for the Season Ahead

The Parks For All Program helped to make Crew Leader Training possible
  Each spring, before the trail melts out on the high passes or the first log of the season is cut, Pacific Northwest Trail Association staff come together for our…

PNT Wonders by the Numbers

wonders numbers
    Are you curious about the wonders of the Pacific Northwest Trail? This shareable infographic breaks the PNT down by the numbers. But the raw facts hardly begin to…

New Leadership in Trail Operations

  Following 14 years of service, the PNTA’s Director of Trail Operations, Lewis Trout retired this September. His departure will create new opportunities within the Association and allow for organizational…

Hiking East Against the Grain

Pacific Northwest Trail Terminuses
An Interview with Two Eastbound Hikers “Although most use of long-distance trails is for day hiking, the romantic lure and ultimate justification of such routes lie over the horizon.” -Ron…

Save the Land and Water Conservation Fund

  The Land and Water Conservation Fund is America’s most important conservation program, yet without action from Congress, it will expire on September 30, 2018. For over fifty years, the…

Crew Volunteers to Conserve Whitebark Pine

Kettle Range Rendezvous
  The Association’s Performance Crew took a day off from trail work this month to help volunteers with the Lands Council and Kettle Range Conservation Group with whitebark pine conservation…

PNTA Works on Pasayten

Pasayten Wilderness
  Restoring the Pacific Northwest Trail in the Pasayten Wilderness after last year’s Diamond Creek Fire is a priority for the Association and our partners in 2018.   Nearly 100…

Forest Service Publishes PNT Fact Sheet

NTS 50th Pin
  Do you have questions about the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail (PNT)? The Pacific Northwest Trail Association has a long-standing partnership with the US Forest Service in the management…

Thru-hiker Gives Back

PNTA Log-out Crew
  After thru-hiking the Pacific Northwest Trail from end-to-end last year, Christian “Blues Clues” Frey returned to the PNT for his Fourth of July holiday, not to hike the trail,…

Significant Wildfire Potential in 2018

  If NICC forecasts prove to be accurate, fire danger ratings could become elevated across the Pacific Northwest Trail this year. Areas from the Rocky Mountains to the North Cascades are expected to have…