Clearing a Path Through the Pasayten
With the help of the US Forest Service and our partners with the Back Country Horsemen of Washington, Washington Trails Association and the Pacific Crest Trail Association, the PNTA worked out a high-reaching plan to restore over 200 miles of fire-damaged trails this season.
Despite strong efforts to restore access in recent years, many trails in the
in northern Washington have remained inaccessible to stock and all but the most determined hikers.
Nine major fires have contributed the maintenance backlog, including last year’s
, which closed the PNT in the Pasayten for a second year in a row. In 2018
, it sent trail crews and visitors alike scrambling to evacuate the area under a closure order, and to abandon their carefully made plans for the season.
This year, we prevailed with the help of our partners. Critical help also came from a
National Trails System Act Grant
and from people like you.
Supporters of our
Youth Crew Heroes campaign
last year helped to provide funding for an additional trail crew this season
– meaning more work was performed on the PNT and more youth and young adults were able to spend a summer working outdoors.
By mid-September PNTA Performance Crews contributed nearly
6,000 hours of work
towards maintaining the Pasayten Wilderness portion of the Pacific Northwest Trail.
Visit our blog to learn more and meet the hard-working trail crews and volunteers that spent the summer restoring access to the PNT.