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Pacific Northwest Trail Strip Maps
2017 hikers, please note: The PNTA is working hard to develop an entirely new map set for 2017, shown below. These new maps will feature the most up-to-date primary route and recommended alternates available. In addition, they will include notes to support planning and logistics that are unavailable on the current set. Finally, these maps will be available to use two ways: to print and use as a paper hard copy, and as georeferenced pdf's that can be used in cellphone apps like Avenza, which use the device's onboard gps to show your location on the maps.
Above: A sample from the fully updated 2017 map set
Map sections 1-10 will be released throughout May in time for the 2017 hiking season. To be alerted of their availability, please sign up for our newsletter, or check back here for updates. In the mean time, please continue to use the following mapset, created and updated by the PNT's original cartographer, Ted Hitzroth!
Section maps (strip maps) are printable PDF's broken into smaller sections. Each section of maps begin and end at a location on the trail that is accessible by car. The maps are grouped into 10 PDF map books that correspond to the chapters in the 2001 PNT Guidebook. Sections and maps are numbered from east to west starting at Glacier National Park. Each map includes a graphic location inset. Note that trail condition and route changes may occur that aren't reflected on these maps.
Format: PDF, Scale: 1:36,000 (1 mile = 1.76") Print with Page scaling set to "none" and auto rotate and center "on". Coordinate ticks: 0.5 minute geographic (lat/lon) based on WGS84 datum.
1. Rocky Mountains, Glacier National Park to Lake Koocanusa
2. The Purcell Mountains, Lake Koocanusa to Kootenai River
3. Inland Empire, Kootenai River to Columbia River
4. Kettle River Range, Columbia River to Sweat Creek
5. Okanogan, Sweat Creek to Cold Springs
6. Pasayten, Cold Springs to Ross Lake
7. North Cascades to Salt Water, Ross Lake to Samish Bay
8. Puget Sound, Samish Bay to Admiralty Inlet
9. Olympic Mountains, Port Townsend to Bogachiel River
10. Pacific Ocean Wilderness Beach, Bogachiel River to Cape Alava
A primary Pacific Northwest Trail route is shown in red on the maps with alternate routes in purple. One mile interval hatch marks are included to facilitate distance estimation. The hatching is computer calculated from the mapped route. Campsite locations are from data provided by PNTA staff.
Road and trail names are primarily from the 2001 Pacific Northwest Trail guide book.
Adjacent map numbers are indicated in the margins.
Map layout and production by Ted Hitzroth, GISP, 1983 Pacific Northwest Trail end-to-ender. The maps were rendered using ArcGIS software and ESRI ArcGIS Online USGS Topographic map backdrops
These maps are provided freely for the non-commercial use of Pacific Northwest Trail users. If you you find these maps useful, we encourage you to make a donation. Be aware that trail condition and route changes may occur that aren't reflected on these maps. This is a volunteer project. Users are encouraged to submit revisions for any errors they find.
Pacific Northwest Trail Interactive Map
Welcome to the Pacific Northwest Trail interactive map. This tool is a great way to help you plan your trip on the PNT.
Explore the different basemap and overlay menus by clicking on the ‘osm Open Street Map’ button in the top right. The red line is the preferred route PNT trail corridor as seen on our strip maps.* The purple line notes alternate routes and options.
The map currently displays the ‘Open Street Map’ basemap and the Wilderness via UMT overlay. To change basemap, simply select another option from the ‘Basemaps’ menu. To view another overlay, click an option from the ‘Overlays’ menu turn on and off. An overlay is selected when you see a number to its left. The higher the number, the closer the overlay to the top. For some overlays you can only see the attribute data for the overlay that is on top.
Different overlays require different levels of zoom. Some, such as USFS recreation and Wa State Park require extreme zoom. Others, such as USA Weather Radar and Fire Perimeter may be best viewed when the map is zoomed out. For more information about the map, the basemaps and overlays, click 'About this Map'.
Some overlays show data that may or may not be current. Always check with your local land management agency before heading out.*
*This map represents the preferred route of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail as seen on our strip maps. The route is subject to change due to trail closures and re-routing. Not all hikers use this route.
*This map is not for navigation or safety purposes and is for informational use only. Always check with local land management agencies for up to date information on trail closures, stream crossings, fire perimeters and other safety concerns.
* Our interactive map hosting service is in the process of updating their website. Please be patient if you experience any loading issues while using the Pacific Northwest Trail interactive map. If you continue to experience problems, try using another browser.
National Geographic Topo
National Geographic topographic maps are a great way to travel the PNT through your favorite National Parks. You need to have National Geographic Topo software on your computer to use this file, right click and select "Save Target As" after the file is saved to your computer open the file with National Geographic Topo.
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