mid-July 2016
News from the Trail

Jeff Kish looking ahead on the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail
Coming Soon - New PNTA Executive Director
August will see the arrival of Jeff Kish as the Pacific Northwest Trail Association Executive Director. Jeff is passionate about trails, the Pacific Northwest Trail especially. He's an accomplished thru-hiker who has completed end-to-end hikes of both the Pacific Northwest Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail.  As an outdoor industry journalist, he brought the story of the PNT to an international audience in 2014, and then toured the Northwest with a multimedia presentation about his experiences. In 2015, he was appointed to the Department of Agriculture's Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Advisory Council, where he is a member of three subcommittees. Jeff is excited to apply his passion for the trail and his background in entrepreneurship and small business administration to his role as PNTA ED. Jeff will attend Trail Days at Oroville in early August to meet Trail enthusiasts.
Trail Days in Oroville - Make Plans Now
Watermelon and Maps, What a Combination 

Head to the center of Oroville, Washington Saturday, August 6 for the North Okanogan PNTA Chapter's Trail Days. It's the second annual celebration with trail rides and walks early Sunday morning, August 7.  Food (that watermelon), music under the big tent, information from trail partners PNTA and BLM, hourly raffle, and kid/family activities. Entry is free. Oroville is the halfway point on the Pacific Northwest Trail at summer's midpoint. This will be a great time to meet PNTA's next Executive Director Jeff Kish and be inspired by current and returning thru-hikers.
TEDD Trail Info - Northeast Washington State
The Tri County Economic Development District (that's TEDD) has over 200 free downloadable maps covering  Northeast Washington. The Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail is one trail found in Ferry, Pend Oreille & Stevens counties.

Northeast Washington is home to the Colville National Forest, the Salmo-Priest Wilderness, the Little Pend Oreille Wildlife Refuge and portions of the Kaniksu National Forest. The Northeast Washington Trails website  gives you a searchable database with trail information and free downloadable maps to help get you where you want to go - a place with pristine wilderness, uncrowded lakes and small town hospitality of eastern Washington State.
Resupply at Ross Lake
It's a long way on dusty trail from the Okanogan to the fluid center of North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake. Then a hitch out to a smaller town before the intrepid hiker can resupply. Ross Lake Resort can help, by moving your resupply box onto its log float facility for a $20 mid-lake pickup. Mid-lake pickup?
That's right, mid-lake pickup. Amble over Ross Dam and trudge up the west side of Ross Lake before descending to the plank pedestrian walkway onto the floating Resort, or, for a slight fee, the Resort will boat you over from the haul road, just north of Happy Panther Trail's western trail junction (dial 18-31974 from the phone on the last power pole). For all the details see the Blog. Thanks, Ross Lake Resort!

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