Tucked inside a small valley, just east of the Washington-Idaho border on the PNT, northwest of Priest Lake, lies Hughes Meadow. Today it stands as treeless, boggy marsh with chest-deep grass. The stream running through the meadow is filled with beaver while migratory birds fly overhead. Look carefully in the black moist soil for bear tracks. This majestic natural meadow hides a rich history that is almost forgotten.
The Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail (PNNST) stretches 1200 miles from the Continental Divide in Glacier National Park, Montana to Cape Alava on the Pacific Ocean in Olympic National Park. Washington. Along the way there are many isolated remote sections, where relatively few humans have ventured and left their mark.
An installment of our "People of the PNT" blog series featuring Mary Hodges-Cates, a woman who wears many hats. PNTA board member, trail angel, mother, community advocate, and business owner.
A big part of the PNTA is the behind the scenes work of trail advocacy. Each year a staff representative from the PNTA visits men and women of congress and agency officials to build lasting relationships and request funding for the Pacific Northwest Trail. It is that time of the year again where the PNTA will head to Washington along with the Partnership the National Trail System to spearhead the advocacy work for national scenic trails this year. This annual meeting of the trails ends in an event called Hike the Hill! We encourage all those avid hikers interested in advocacy to get involved with the Partnership and Hike the Hill.
A message from the Director of Trail Operations: As we start off 2015, we really want to extend our thanks to everyone who made 2014 the success it was! Our youth crews in Washington along with volunteers along the entire length of the Pacific Northwest Trail accounted for 38,800 hours in labor! This amounts to over $859,000.00 in volunteer labor costs and we couldn’t be more proud of this accomplishment.
On behalf of the Pacific Northwest Trail Association, its board, volunteers, and donors, we would like to welcome you to our updated website!