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Meet Analeise Dowd


An Interview With an Aspiring 2017 Thru-hiker By Eric Wollborg How do you close a circle by walking a line?  If you were to trace the route of the Pacific Northwest Trail with… http://pnt.org/blog/meet-analeise-dowd/

Why I Gave Up My Triple Crown

Thru-hiker, Eric "Panorama" Wollborg exlains why he chose to forego the Triple Crown of Hiking to tackle the Pacific Northwest Trail.
"Crown" by Jason Train is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Why I Gave Up My Triple Crown (to Hike the PNT) by Eric “Panorama” Wollborg “So when are you hiking the AT?” This became… http://pnt.org/blog/why-i-gave-my-triple-crown/

Welcome to our team!

The Pacific Northwest Trail Association would like to introduce Eric Wollborg as the newest member of our team.
The Pacific Northwest Trail Association is pleased to introduce Eric Wollborg as the newest member of our growing team.  After thru-hiking the PNT end-to-end, Eric knew he found h… http://pnt.org/blog/welcome-our-team/

Hikers and Grizzlies

Can we co-exist?
“Great trail! Needs more grizzlies” are the only comments on a PNNST thru-hiker June 30, 2015 Montana Three Rivers Ranger District visitor registration form. One of the many press… http://pnt.org/blog/hikers-and-grizzlies/

PNTA's Next Executive Director

Jeff Kish becomes PNTA leader mid-August 2016
The Board of Directors has selected Jeff Kish as PNTA's next Executive Director. Jeff is an accomplished thru-hiker who comes to the PNTA with completed end-to-end hikes of both th… http://pnt.org/blog/pntas-next-executive-director/

National Trails Day on the North Fork

Spring Brings Community to Montana Trail
National Trails Day, held on the first Saturday in June each year, was created by the American Hiking Society to celebrate 200,000 miles of America’s trails. This year the Pacific… http://pnt.org/blog/national-trails-day-north-fork/

Volunteer Trail Training

Thank you, volunteers!
What would you do with your life if you didn’t have to work for a living? For me the answer is: everything I can do to protect our natural resources. Currently, I’m honored to work… http://pnt.org/blog/volunteer-trail-training/

Happy House Trail Angels

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-hike…
Trail Angels Rebecca and John Roberts are a vital part of the Pacific Northwest Trail community.  They live in Coupeville, WA on Whidbey Island just a mile from the Pacific Northw… http://pnt.org/blog/happy-house-trail-angels/

Welcome to Interim Executive Director Reed Waite

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 dy…
We're pleased to announce the selection of Reed Waite as the new interim executive director for the Pacific Northwest Trails Association (PNTA). Waite will fill the vacancy left… http://pnt.org/blog/welcome-interim-executive-director-reed-waite1/

A Section-Hikers Contribution to the PNT

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 …
  Pacific Northwest Trail Town Guide and section hiker, Melanie Simmer, stopping for a photo on the PNT.  Photo by Melanie Simmerman.  “You caught me doing updates.  Yet… http://pnt.org/blog/section-hiker-and-pacific-northwest-trail-town-guide-author-hiking-pnt-and-town-guide/

Building a Multi-Purpose PNT for Hikers, Horseback Riders AND Mountain Bikers

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 Cou…
Al Casile and his son Max enjoy time mountain biking together.  Photo by Randy Pulk. Like other active adults, Almer Casile looks back on his childhood as foundational to … http://pnt.org/blog/building-multi-purpose-pnt-hikers-horseback-riders-and-mountain-bikers/

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… http://pnt.org/blog/grizzliess-and-bushwacks-how-trails-come-be/

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… http://pnt.org/blog/search-new-trails-celebrating-12-years-pnta-tryg-culp/

Free on the PNT

We recently caught up with Matt Hopkins (aka Free) as he was preparing for his upcoming thru-hike of the Pacific Northwest Trail.
We recently caught up with Matt Hopkins (aka Free) as he prepared for his summer thru-hike of the Pacific Northwest Trail. Hey Matt, thanks for talking, what are you up to?… http://pnt.org/blog/free-pnt/

People of the PNT : Mary Hodges-Cates

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.
People of the PNT: Mary Kay Hodges-Cates A PNTA board member, trail angel, mother, community advocate, and business owner.  When did you first here about the PNT? I went… http://pnt.org/blog/people-pnt-mary-hodges-cates/