We're pleased to announce the selection of Reed Waite as the new interim executive director for the Pacific Northwest Trail Association. Waite will fill the vacancy left by Jon Knechtel through the summer while the board recruits the Association’s next dynamic leader.
Just as a long distance trail winds up, down, and over the mountains, through all types of weather patterns, terrain, and along every sort of pathway, the long distance hiker’s journey is a roller coaster of human emotions made up of a unique set of challenges, stories, landscapes, hardships, joys, and people encountered along the way. No long distance trail is the same, and truthfully no trail re-hiked is the same.
In 2011, after hearing about the Pacific Northwest Trail, tripple crowner Melanie Simmerman decided to visit the communities along the trail corridor to publish a Pacific Northwest Trail Town Guide. She finished her section hike of the Pacific Northwest Trail in 2015 and will be coming out with an updated Trail Town Guide in February of 2016.
Almer Casile, representative for mountain bikers on the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Advisory Council, is a die hard mountain biker. Casile hopes that by holding a seat on the PNNSTAC, he can work to include mountain bikers in the Advisory Council process, and keep the interests of bikers in the forethought of land managers and trail communities.
The Cabinet Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen have been awarded a two year, $10,000 expense reimbursement grant from the Recreational Trails Program to perform work on the Midge Creek Trail, part of the Pacific Northwest Trail, on the Three Rivers District of the Kootenai National Forest.
National Scenic Trails are known for their beauty, natural and man made. We've compiled a list of the best landmarks of the Pacific Northwest Trail to get you ready for summertime explorations. From Glacier National Park to the Olympic Coast, these sites have a little something for everyone. Which is the first on your list to see?
Ashley 'Bluebird' Davis and Eric 'Spice Rack' Oliver had never thru-hiked before. They set their sights on the Pacific Northwest Trail and successfully finished, finding much to be grateful for along the way.
If you had the chance to save the habitat of a threatened species, would you do it? When Brad Smith was posed with that question, he didn’t hesitate to respond. “The Pacific Northwest Trail passes through the heart of vital grizzly habitat in the Selkirk Mountains. I’m excited to find a route that minimizes impact to their habitat and reduces human caused mortality while still providing for the recreation and scenic quality of the trail, ” explains Smith. He is searching for a new route for the Pacific Northwest Trail (PNT) as part of his duties on the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Advisory Council.
This December, after 12 years of dedicated service with the PNTA, Trygve Culp will be retiring from his position as the Eastern Washington Regional Coordinator. Join us as we celebrate his legacy.
We've compiled a list of the 10 best lookouts of the Pacific Northwest Trail. With opportunities for day hikes and overnight stays, you've got to go!