Pacific Northwest Trail (PNT) – Preview

1200 miles (1931km)

START : Cape Alava, WA.

FINISH :  Waterton Lakes, US/Canadian border.


  • Ron Strickland, Pacific Northwest Trail Guide, (2001); written by the man who pioneered the PNT, the guidebook contains maps, trekking notes and resupply information.
  • Things on the PNT have changed somewhat since Ron’s book was last published in 2001. Online information regarding the trail is difficult to come by. As a consequence, I have been in contact with numerous former PNT hikers, all of whom have been very helpful in providing up-to-date information on the trail. Thanks to Ron Strickland, Chris Townsend, Jon Knechtel, Sam Haraldson and Yeti. A special thanks goes out to Li Brannfors, who supplied me with his excellent mapset, trekking notes, waypoints and resupply information. Li’s maps along with my trusty old Suunto M-2, will act my primary means of navigation during the trip.
  • In case of reroutes and for purposes of overview, I will also be carrying seven National Forest Service Maps (not all at the same time): WA-16 Olympic National Forest; WA-8 Mt. Baker-Snoqualamie National Forest; WA-10 Okanogan National Forest; WA-1 Colville National Forest; ID-8 Kaniksu National Forest; MT-11 Kootenai & East Half Kaniksu National forest, and; MT-35 Flathead National Forest.
  • Click here for an overview map of the PNT.


  • The trail runs from the rugged coastline of Olympic National Park, to its eastern terminus of Waterton Lakes in the Rocky Mountains. Two geographically distinct trailheads separated by three national parks, seven national forests and 1200 miles of stunning wilderness scenery.
  • Weather-wise things can be a touch on the dampish side in the Pacific Northwest. Think Scotland without the pubs.

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