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Grizzlies and Bushwacks: How Trails Come to Be

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 …
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 North…

In Search of New Trails: Celebrating 12 years at the PNTA with Tryg Culp

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.
Tryg Culp is a formidable man. With his cowboy boots and Stetson hat, he stands nearly 6 and a half feet tall. On a mule, well, that number swells considerably. But Culp hasn’t sp…

10 Fire Lookouts on the PNT That Will Have You Seeing Stars

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!
The Milky Way rises over Park Butte Lookout.  Photo by Andy Porter.  At their peak, as many as 8,000 lookout towers are thought to have been in use nation wide.  By the 1960…