We Honor Volunteers and Celebrate our 40th, in this June  E Newsletter

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Thank you. Volunteers and donors like you help us to fulfill our important mission - protecting the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail for the enjoyment of generations to come and providing recreation and education for our users, today.


National Trails Day, 2017 TrailsDay

The Pacific Northwest Trail Association celebrated National Trails Day on the newest addition to the PNT, the John Tursi Trail, with two exciting events.

Thanks to the  American Hiking Society, the PNTA was able to add signage along the 1.1 mile  Tursi Trail through the National Trails Fund grant program. Now, visitors enjoying the scenic trails of Deception Pass State Park, the most visited park in Washington, will appreciate that they are experiencing a part of our National Scenic Trails System. 

The iconic PNT Thunderbird service mark may also inspire visitors to discover the rest of the 1,200 mile Pacific Northwest Trail. Simply knowing, that if they wished, they could continue across the Olympic Mountains to reach the western terminus, 258 unforgettable miles away on the Pacific Coast, adds a measure of excitement to any day hike on the PNT.

And while most visitors to the PNT will never attempt such a long trek, the fact that are also 959 miles of trail through the remote mountain landscapes, east of the Tursi Trail, may plant a seed which inspires a lifetime of adventures in the Pacific and Inland Northwest. 

Those who thru-hiked or traveled this section in its entirety before 2016 will fully appreciate the benefits of the short, but important Tursi Trail; it connects with existing trails in Deception Pass State Park, to relocate the PNT off of its former 3.5 mile, 'motorized route' and onto scenic tread.

While one mile of trail may seem like a relatively simple feat to build, the Tursi Trail was at least 17 years in the making. Deception Pass Park Manager, Jack Hartt and Skagit County Parks and Recreation Director, Brian Adams played key roles in the development of the trail, named in honor of John Tursi, philanthropist and Anacortes community leader...

Volunteer Spotlight: David Zermeno david

Before setting out on his Crown-to-Coast adventure on the PNT this summer, thru-hiker David Zermeno spent an entire month volunteering with the PNTA! David gave a whopping 177 hours in service to the trail and helped make our 2017 mapset possible. Thank you, David. The PNTA wishes you the best of luck on the trail this summer!

Save the Date:  40th Anniversary Eventanniversary
August 5th

Come celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Pacific Northwest Trail Association, on the 5th of August, at Deception Pass State Park.
This all-day event will feature many all-ages activities, with two interpretive hikes on the PNT in the park and a screening of "A Sense of Direction," a short film about the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail, by Alex Maier.
In the evening of the 5th, there will be a very special presentation, by Ron Strickland, prolific author and visionary founder of the Pacific Northwest Trail Association.
  • Experience a very special presentation, by PNTA founder, Ron Strickland
  • Watch a screening of the feature film, "A Sense of Direction," by Alex Maier
  • Discover Deception Pass SP beaches and hiking trails, including the PNT
  • Join us for an all-ages guided hike on the PNT in Deception Pass SP
  • Meet other PNT enthusiasts and thru-hikers

Above: Americorps trail steward and naturalist, Seher Tod Khan leads an interpretive hike on the PNT in Deception Pass State Park. 

Guided Hike Series: Abercrombie Mountain GuidedHike
July 1st, 9am - 2pm

Please join us for a guided hike to the summit of Abercrombie Mountain on Saturday, July 1st. We will hike up the Flume Trail on the east side of the mountain, the "path less taken" up Abercrombie Mountain. Although the hike is challenging, we will have the opportunity to see rare plants and wildlife along this quiet trail. At the summit, we will be rewarded with panoramic views of the Selkirk Range and eat lunch at the site of the former Abercrombie Mountain Lookout (now deconstructed).

The third in a series of guided hikes this summer, this event is brought to you through a partnership between the Pacific Northwest Trail Association, the Mt. Adams Institute and AmeriCorps


Meet Analeise Dowd Dowd
An Interview With an Aspiring 2017 Thru-hiker

Forty years after the first end-to-enders set out, Analeise Dowd aspires to find her way along a pathway of the same name. Now a National Scenic Trail, the PNT has changed a great deal after being continuously refined by two generations of ardent volunteers. How does her journey today, tie the PNT's past to its present? I joined her for an interview at our Sedro-Woolley office to find out.

 Read more at PNT.org/blog

New PNT Merchandise AvailableNewMerch

Support the PNTA and show your love of the Pacific Northwest Trail with one of these high-quality caps, for sale now on our website. 

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New 2017 PNTA Map Set Maps

To give PNT'ers the most up-to-date and accurate information possible about the Pacific Northwest Trail, the PNTA has developed an entirely new map set for the 2017 hiking season. 

The 2017 maps are available to use in two ways: an annotated print version, and a georeferenced pdf companion set that can be used in the cellphone app  Avenza , which uses the device's onboard GPS to show your location on the maps.

You can download the Pacific Northwest Trail - Complete Set for Avenza, here .

This map set features the most current primary route and recommended alternates available. Map pages indicate: bushwhacks, wildfire damage, and fire detours. They also point out former routes which have recently been closed by the USFS and PNTA, and explain how PNT'ers must now avoid trespassing in areas where access has changed, such as in Eureka (2016), Northport (2017) and Metaline Falls (2017).

This map set is designed to be used with Tim Youngbluth's Pacific Northwest Trail Digest  and will reference a common set of GPS waypoints used in the book. Melanie Simmerman's Pacific Northwest Trail Town Guide also provides supplemental information about the major 'trail towns' along the PNT's corridor.

The 2017 PNTA maps include basic route descriptions for 15 major alternates along the PNT and other critical information. The PNT Digest describes these alternates and trail conditions in greater detail. It also contains extensively field-researched notes describing trail conditions which support field navigation and provide other useful information.

Concerning third-party map sets and apps:

At this time, the PNTA does not recommend the use of maps produced by third parties. The primary reason we can not endorse these sources is that due to being out of date, they encourage trespassing on private land, either expressly or effectively. Other known problems of these third party sources include recommendations of campsites not approved by land managers. Finally, please be aware that some of these sources may violate the copyright and intellectual property rights of the PNTA and other PNT map authors.

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