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Oct
30
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Have you noticed an increase in the number of people around town with backpacks and trekking poles and wondered what they are up to? They are hiking the 1200-mile Pacific Northwest Trail, sometimes referred to as the “Crown to Coast.” The trail starts in Glacier National Park traveling through Montana, Idaho and Washington and ends at Cape Alava on the Washington coast.
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Oct
27
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The Swift and Rainbow Creek crossings in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest (MBS) have presented formidable challenges on the Pacific Northwest Trail for decades. Without bridges in place, PNT hikers make two back-to-back, heart-pounding crossings. The ford across the icy waters of Swift Creek can be waist deep, even in early August.
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Oct
20
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In 1977, Ron Strickland began tracking the first exploratory thru-hikes on the PNT, but over the last forty years, many finishers’ accomplishments have been lost to history - until now.
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Aug
15
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Pacific Northwest Trail enthusiasts from all over the country joined the Pacific Northwest Trail Association to celebrate two historic milestones, the 40th Anniversary of the founding of the Association, and the first five end-to-end thru-hikes of the PNT.
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Jun
22
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Before setting forth on his Crown-to-Coast adventure on the PNT this summer, thru-hiker David Zermeno spent an entire month volunteering with the PNTA! David gave a whopping 177 hours in service to the trail and helped make our 2017 mapset possible. Thank you, David. The PNTA wishes you the best of luck on the trail this summer!
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Jun
12
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The Pacific Northwest Trail Association celebrated National Trails Day on the newest addition to the PNT, the John Tursi Trail, with two exciting events.
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May
26
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Apr
05
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The PNTA maintains tread all along its 1,200 mile path, but we don’t do it alone. In 2016, several volunteer groups including the Student Conservation Association (SCA), Back Country Horsemen (BCHA), Washington Trails Association (WTA), and the PNTA, all marshalled their resources to address the maintenance backlog in Eastern Washington and revive the PNT there, near the trail town of Metaline Falls. These four groups had all planned projects in the Sullivan Lake Ranger District of the 1.1 million acre Colville National Forest, but the Forest lacked internal capacity to manage the project. Although the situation was not unique to the Colville, the challenge they faced remained.
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Feb
16
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History has shown that achieving the best possible route for a National Scenic Trails can take decades of collaboration and effort to accomplish. The John Tursi trail, finished in 2016, will trade traffic for tread on Fidalgo Island.
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Jan
25
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Thru-hiker, Eric "Panorama" Wollborg exlains why he chose to forego the Triple Crown of Hiking to tackle the Pacific Northwest Trail.
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