June 2016
News from the Trail
AN UPDATE FROM THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST TRAIL ASSOCIATION

Trail End Trail Head - Glacier National Park

2016 Thru-Hikers on the Trail
Can't be in two places at once? Still dreaming or planning? Hop on a Pacific Northwest Trail  facebook site with this year's thru-hikers right now. You'll feel what the early season is like in Matt's gritty video bursts and see how happy a ranger can be, issuing a backcountry permit to Jacque. If you're hiking or riding the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail this summer, load up with trail information from those who've gone before. Remember to give them a thumbs up - Like - to cheer them on the way. 

Save the Date...
Community is built on connections - Trail connections
...for Trail Days in Oroville, Washington Saturday & Sunday, August 6 & 7. The North Okanogan Chapter of the PNTA hosts its 2nd annual event in Oroville City Park Saturday and gets you on the Trail with local guides Sunday. No entrance fee, music under the big tent, food, information, kid/family activities, and that watermelon. This is the halfway point on the Pacific Northwest Trail at summer's midpoint. Good chance to spot your favorite thru-hiker. More info on the calendar.

Welcome Wanderers, Trail Workers, and Web Visitors
A big Pacific Northwest Trail Association welcome to the fifty-plus new Update email newsletter recipients since the May issue. You've been working on the Trail - see a report from a Montana National Trails Day event, making connections at Trail Town farmers' markets, and visiting the website. Help support the Association's Trail work by becoming a valued PNTA member today.

Trail Angels Open Their Doors to PNT Hikers
Team Astro at the Happy House on 2015 thru-hike with newly made hiker bandanas  
Photo courtesy of Team Astro

Trail Angels are the fairy godparents of thru-hikers, providing assistance, care, 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-hikers. The couple has been at it since 2012 when Rebecca first learned about the PNT via trail markers near her community.  There's more about Happy House on the  blog.

Coupeville is a great town to visit anytime of the year and offers the classic Ebey's Landing Bluff Trail overlooking Admiralty Inlet with views to the next Trail Town, Port Townsend, the Quimper Peninsula, and the Olympic Mountains. Suitable for families, the Bluff Trail section of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail is part of the Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve. Download the National Park Service map for more explorations.
 
WA & OR supporters and Fred Meyer Rewards
The Fred Meyer Community Rewards  program changed this spring. Customers wanting to support PNTA must relink their  Rewards CardLogin  to your account and choose to support PNTA #83146. Every  time you shop and use your Rewards Card you'll be helping PNTA  earn a donation!  And you still enjoy  earning Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates while supporting the Pacific Northwest Trail Association. Win-win. Thank you

If you've got photos or stories that you'd like to share with the Pacific Northwest Trail Association community, contact info@pnt.org to be featured in the next addition of the newsletter.