late July 2016
News from the Trail

High in the Olympics - Ashley Hill photo
Next stop Oroville!
Yes, you can say you were there!
...for Trail Days in Washington's Okanogan valley Saturday & Sunday, August 6 & 7. The North Okanogan Chapter of the PNTA hosts the second annual event. Head on over to Oroville City Park 9am - 9pm Saturday and trail walks Sunday morning. No entry 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. Learn more at the Chapter, BLM, and PNTA booths and from the Okanogan Wildlife League.  Good chance to spot your favorite thru-hiker, meet PNTA members, and talk with PNTA's new leader Jeff Kish. Maybe win a REI tent at one of the hourly raffles as well. On Sunday morning explore the PNT from either the Similkameen or Whistler Canyon trailheads at 9am. Catchy poster
Hiking with Grizzlies
Photo courtesy Idaho Department of Fish and Game

"Great trail!  Needs more grizzlies" say thru-hiker comments on a Three Rivers Ranger District visitor registration form.  One of the many pressing concerns for the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Advisory Council to consider is routing the Trail through areas of special interest.  One of these areas is the Idaho Panhandle National Forest where the Trail goes through both the Cabinet Yaak and Selkirk Grizzly Recovery Zones.  The Forest Service is conducting research this summer to understand how human trail activity may impact the Grizzly population. Read more on the Association's website blog.
'Tis the Season to Support Trail Work
Fall is fast approaching. The Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail could use your help. The Pacific Northwest Trail Association can continue trail work activities a bit longer this fall with your help. Fire season has been quiet to date and we're ahead of schedule. Help the Association extend paid crew time into the fall and achieve greater impact this season by making your one-time donation or continuing your support by becoming a  member
If you've got photos or stories that you'd like to share with the Pacific Northwest Trail Association community, contact to be featured in the next addition of the newsletter.