Over 1200 miles from the Pacific Ocean in Washington to the Continental Divide in Montana, the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail travels through diverse ecosystems. Being one of the youngest National Trails, it can be quite rugged and challenging. The trails traverses three National Parks: Olympic, North Cascade, and Glacier; as well as seven national forests. Rainforest to high desert, ocean to alpine; this trail travels through many gems of the upper left corner of the U.S.
West Terminus: Cape Alava, Olympic NP, WA
East Terminus: Chief Mountain TH, Glacier NP, MT
The PNT connects two other National Scenic Trails, the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail. This east-west connector has been used in the Great Western Loop and as part of the Sea-to-Sea Route.
A special note should be made for Ron Strickland who has been making his dream of this trail a reality for over 40 years. Also, the Pacific Northwest Trail Association deserves recognition for continuing to improve the trail and advocating preservation of these wild places.