October 14th marked the first meeting of the PNNST Federal Advisory Council. Over the next two years, council members will be working to create a comprehensive plan that will outline such topics as a nature and purpose statement for the PNNST, trail uses, establishing a trail corridor, and identifying potential reroutes or relocations.
ALDHA-West is all about building community and skill sets among west coast thru-hikers. Their support and hard work shows through in their members, a passionate group of outdoor adventurers.
Day and overnight trips to lookout towers are a wonderful way to experience the PNT. Park Butte Lookout in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest provides hikers the opportunity to see the landscape in a new and exciting way.
In the far northwest corner of Montana the PNT enters a very narrow valley only a mile or two wide. Four miles from the Canadian border and 15 miles east of the Idaho Panhandle – this northwest region in Montana is known as the Yaak Valley.
Guest post by Jared Kennedy, co-founder and COO of Outdoor Project, of his trip through North Cascades National Park and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
Explorer and fur trader David Thompson sat on the hard rock face cliff gazing down one more time into the turbulent river below. Something was wrong. All his calculations showed that the Columbia River must be near here, but the river he had been following was flowing north, not south or west toward the Pacific. It was 1809 and David Thompson was two decades away from his orphanage and boyhood home at the Grey Coat School in central London.
As the heart of summer has come upon our fair land, I was recently lucky enough to get out on one of the jewels of our National Trails System, our own Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail (PNT for short). Ever since starting with the Pacific Northwest Trail Association (PNTA), I’ve been eager to get out to the eastern terminus of the trail in Glacier National Park to inspect trail signs, corridor conditions, and most of all to glimpse the unfolding of the journey a PNT eastbound thru-hiker embarks upon.
From the top of Oyster Dome we see our first glimpse west to Puget Sound and our path along the PNT to the distant Fidalgo Island and into the town of Anacortes. For the time being our mountain hiking is at an end and we can enjoy the level ground and smell of salt water in the air.
We recently caught up with Matt Hopkins (aka Free) as he was preparing for his upcoming thru-hike of the Pacific Northwest Trail.
Deep in the heart of the Pasayten Wilderness, along the original PNT route as laid out by Ron Strickland, we find the remnants of a 4,000 foot long backcountry airfield. In this vast and remote 530,000 acre wilderness we still find signs of man’s earlier incursion.