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Apr
25
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As we head into the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail's second Federal Advisory Council meeting in Port Townsend in early May, last minute subcommittee meetings have recently had the chance to wrap up discussions on a variety of in-depth topics.
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Apr
20
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Record warm temperatures are heating up activity at the Pacific Northwest Trail Association and on the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail. It’s spring! Preparations are underway for the 2016 season. Topmost on the list is finding the next dynamic PNTA Executive Director – with application deadline of May 15 – see Jobs page. There’s seasonal Crew Leader positions for youth crews on Washington’s Olympic peninsula as well.
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Apr
14
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Trail Angels are the fairy godparents of thru-hikers, providing assistance, love and a home-like welcome to hikers on the move. In Coupeville, Washington, Rebecca and John Roberts have opened their home The Happy House to Pacific Northwest Trail thru-hikers.
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Apr
04
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When choosing to hike a long distance trail, one of your planning pieces is deciding where and when to send yourself re-supply packages. Along the Pacific Northwest Trail (PNT), there are roughly 30 communities where thru-hikers can send themselves mail. Most of those communities have a small post office, but there are a special few where post offices do not exist and hikers must rely on the kindness of strangers when re-supplying for their long journey.
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Mar
30
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Today is the seventh anniversary of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trails (PNT) federal designation. Seven years ago, President Obama signed into law the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. The Act brought years of hard work to fruition with the Pacific Northwest Trail designated as America’s newest National Scenic Trail.
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Mar
24
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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.
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Mar
18
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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.
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Feb
28
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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.
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Feb
16
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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.
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Feb
11
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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.
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