The Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail

Stats

  • Length: 1,200 miles
  • Location: Glacier National Park, MT to Cape Alava, WA
  • Connects: Continental Divide to Pacific Ocean
  • History: Founded by Ron Strickland in 1970. Congressionally designated a National Scenic Trail in 2009.

PNT on the web

PNT Maps Available to download

PNT overview map

These maps are made by PNT cartographer, Ted Hitzroth.

They are broken up into 10 sections. 

PNT_Maps 1-5

PNT_Maps 6-10

The Pacific Northwest Trail Guide (2001)

This guide is available as a free, downloadable, searchable .pdf if you sign up for the free Ron Strickland Newsletter. This 400-page, "congressional route" PNT guidebook details the trail  that we volunteers developed over several decades to offer you the maximum in scenery and adventure.

Full documentary by 2015 thru-hiker Money $hot a.k.a. Alex Maier

Pacific Northwest Trail Resources

Pacific Northwest Trail Digest: Trail Tips and Navigation Notes (2016). 

This book will guide you to every campsite, water resource, and resupply point on your trek.

Tim Youngbluth updates his book annually with information from the previous year’s hikers. 

The Pacific Northwest Trail Town Guide. (2016)

This is an essential planning resource for hikers and long-distance hikers of the Pacific Northwest Trail. The book is chock-full of details about what towns are along the trail, where to re-supply, and the necessary town resources the hiker will need for his/her town stay. Motels, restaurants, grocery stores, best bakeries, brew pubs, and pizza on the trail – it’s all in this handy guide.

Town maps showing the location of critical services are included to help the hiker orient himself/herself in each town.

Written By: Melanie Simmerman

Grizzly Bears and Razor Clams (2012)

Grizzly Bears and Razor Clams tells the story of Chris Townsend’s walk along the 1200 mile Pacific Northwest Trail, which runs from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean through the states of Montana, Idaho and Washington. This is a wilderness route which much challenging terrain and remote country inhabited by bears and wolves.

America’s Great Hiking Trails. (2014) 

There is a lovely chapter about the Pacific Northwest Trail.  The Vail Daily newspaper listed this book as one of 2014's ten best books. 

“Beautifully illustrated and meticulously detailed, this is every hiker’s dream book. It follows the 11 of America’s historic long-distance trails including the Continental Divide Trail running through Montana to New Mexico. A wonderful coffee table book, Berger and Smith detail specific needs for hikers, while inspiring them with breathtaking photography and flawless storytelling. This is a perfect bucket list for hikers of all ages.”

Interactive Online Map

Hard copy PNT map set. 

Professional cartographer Ted Hitzroth thru-hiked the Trail in 1983 and has annually updated his maps ever since.  His current version is available at the PNTA Website for free download if you wish to print his excellent maps yourself.  However, much easier, you can also order a complete, double-sided, full color-printed set on 8.5" x 11" sheets of 60# text weigh paper. The maps are printed on a digital color press using a toner that will not bleed if exposed to water. The cost for printing one complete set of maps is $35.00 plus shipping and handling.  Contact Maria at the GISI Marketing Group by E-mail (center48@gisimarketing.com) or phone (503-228-6306) and ask  about “PNT Maps”.  GISI will need your shipping address and phone number.  If you pay by credit card over the phone, your maps can be ready to ship on the day after you place your order.

 

The Pacific Northwest Trail Guide.  (2001) 

Note that though out of print, it is now available as a free pdf download here.

This 400-page PNT guidebook details the congressional route that volunteers (beginning in 1970) devised over several decades to offer the maximum in scenery and adventure.