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Pacific Northwest Trail

Pacific Northwest Trail Map
Length:1,238.8 miles
Steps:2,809,945 steps
Burned:159,236 calories
Hiked:July 16 — Aug 31, 2019
July 22 —Sept 7, 2020
Walk Trail!

There are 11 designated National Scenic Trails (at least as of 2020), and the Pacific Northwest Trail (PNT) is considered the most difficult of them all. It’s extremely remote, the trail is often overgrown and blocked with blowdowns—if it exists at all because sometimes there is absolutely no trail at all. The route leads into the backcountry and requires good navigation skills, difficult bushwhacking and a strong sense of self-preservation. Obstacles span from snow-covered mountains to searing deserts, lack of water sources (or polluted water sources) and extreme loneliness.

The Pacific Northwest Trail is a brutal, brutal trail, but runs through some of the most spectacular scenery in America. It begins in Glacier National Park in Montana where it crosses over the Continental Divide, through the panhandle of Idaho before entering Washington state where it passes through the North Cascades National Park, across Puget Sound, through Olympic National Park before finishing at the Pacific Ocean 1200 miles (~2000 km) later.

If you’re looking for adventure, you’ve found it in the Pacific Northwest Trail!

Stage NameLength
(miles)
Position
(miles)
1.East Glacier27.70.0 → 27.7
2.West Glacier23.027.7 → 50.7
3.Polebridge, MT18.650.7 → 69.3
4.Whitefish Divide20.669.3 → 89.9
5.Mount Wam33.589.9 → 123.4
6.Eureka, MT29.1123.4 → 152.5
7.Webb Mountain15.9152.5 → 168.4
8.Mt Henry & the Yaak River24.5168.4 → 192.9
9.Garver Mountain to MT/ID Border30.5192.9 → 223.4
10.Moyie River29.4223.4 → 252.8
11.Bonners Ferry, ID11.0252.8 → 263.8
12.Parker Ridge18.8263.8 → 282.6
13.Lion Creek Bushwhack14.0282.6 → 296.6
14.Priest Lakes to ID-WA Border23.8296.6 → 320.4
15.Shedroof Divide23.0320.4 → 343.4
16.Metaline Falls, WA16.4343.4 → 359.8
17.Abercrombie Mountain21.9359.8 → 381.7
18.Northport, WA24.2381.7 → 405.9
19.Kettle River (east)22.5405.9 → 428.4
20.Kettle River (west)18.7428.4 → 447.1
21.Kettle Crest34.9447.1 → 482.0
22.Republic, WA (east)25.5482.0 → 507.5
23.Republic, WA (west)26.7507.5 → 534.2
24.Maple Ridge14.8534.2 → 549.0
25.Bonaparte Lake & Mtn22.1549.0 → 571.1
26.Oroville, WA (east)23.9571.1 → 595.0
27.Oroville, WA (west)14.5595.0 → 609.5
28.Palmer Lake21.6609.5 → 631.1
29.Horseshoe Basin20.8631.1 → 651.9
30.Cathedral Lakes18.6651.9 → 670.5
31.Pasayten River (east)17.5670.5 → 688.0
32.Pasayten River (west)16.8688.0 → 704.8
33.Pacific Crest Trail13.1704.8 → 717.9
34.Devils Dome, Pasayten Wilderness17.0717.9 → 734.9
35.Ross Lake DNR32.1734.9 → 767.0
36.North Cascades NP28.5767.0 → 795.5
37.Mt. Baker Wilderness30.1795.5 → 825.6
38.Baker Lake25.8825.6 → 851.4
39.Concrete Detour28.6851.4 → 880.0
40.Wickersham, WA23.2880.0 → 903.2
41.Anderson Mountain15.9903.2 → 919.1
42.Chuckanut, Edison24.5919.1 → 943.6
43.Anacortes, Fidalgo Island22.4943.6 → 966.0
44.Whidbey Island34.4966.0 → 1,000.4
45.Port Townsend, WA24.71,000.4 → 1,025.1
46.Olympic National Forest32.21,025.1 → 1,057.3
47.Dosewallips, Olympic NP27.91,057.3 → 1,085.2
48.Elwha, Olympic NP30.61,085.2 → 1,115.8
49.Sol Duc, Olympic NP20.31,115.8 → 1,136.1
50.Bogachiel, Olympic NP22.21,136.1 → 1,158.3
51.Forks, WA31.11,158.3 → 1,189.4
52.South Coast, Olympic NP20.41,189.4 → 1,209.8
53.North Coast, Olympic NP29.01,209.8 → 1,238.8
Moose in Cosley Lake
Pacific Northwest Trail @10.1 miles
Moose in Cosley Lake
Video
Thunderbird Pond
Pacific Northwest Trail @34.8 miles
Thunderbird Pond
Polebridge Mercantile & Bakery
Pacific Northwest Trail @58.0 miles
Polebridge Mercantile & Bakery
Sunrise over the Whitefish Divide
Pacific Northwest Trail @85.2 miles
Sunrise over the Whitefish Divide
Starry nights!
Pacific Northwest Trail @106.4 miles
Starry nights!
US-Canadian Border
Pacific Northwest Trail @123.6 miles
US-Canadian Border
Rabbit on the trail!
Pacific Northwest Trail @155.4 miles
Rabbit on the trail!
Mount Henry Lookout Tower
Pacific Northwest Trail @173.4 miles
Mount Henry Lookout Tower
Mushrooms of the trail
Pacific Northwest Trail @208.9 miles
Mushrooms of the trail
Two Tones Cafe
Pacific Northwest Trail @257.7 miles
Two Tones Cafe
Long Mountain Lake
Pacific Northwest Trail @276.7 miles
Long Mountain Lake
Grouse
Pacific Northwest Trail @297.9 miles
Grouse
Entering Metaline Falls
Pacific Northwest Trail @354.9 miles
Entering Metaline Falls
PNT Waymarker
Pacific Northwest Trail @372.3 miles
PNT Waymarker
Columbia River
Pacific Northwest Trail @402.3 miles
Columbia River
Republic, WA
Pacific Northwest Trail @473.2 miles
Republic, WA
Rock fish monster
Pacific Northwest Trail @486.9 miles
Rock fish monster
518.1 miles
Pacific Northwest Trail @518.1 miles
Camaray Motel, Oroville, WA
Pacific Northwest Trail @592.7 miles
Camaray Motel, Oroville, WA
Nighthawk, WA
Pacific Northwest Trail @608.3 miles
Nighthawk, WA
Sunflower
Pacific Northwest Trail @618.3 miles
Sunflower
Fireweed
Pacific Northwest Trail @641.6 miles
Fireweed
Tungsten Mine
Pacific Northwest Trail @655.5 miles
Tungsten Mine
Mushrooms of the trail
Pacific Northwest Trail @699.4 miles
Mushrooms of the trail
714.4 miles
Pacific Northwest Trail @714.4 miles
721.1 miles
Pacific Northwest Trail @721.1 miles
Ross Dam
Pacific Northwest Trail @754.4 miles
Ross Dam
Beaver Pass Shelter
Pacific Northwest Trail @771.9 miles
Beaver Pass Shelter
Video
Baker Hot Spring
Pacific Northwest Trail @825.6 miles
Baker Hot Spring
Baker Lake
Pacific Northwest Trail @845.9 miles
Baker Lake
Apple on the trail
Pacific Northwest Trail @868.8 miles
Apple on the trail
883.3 miles
Pacific Northwest Trail @883.3 miles
View of Mount Baker
Pacific Northwest Trail @907.6 miles
View of Mount Baker
San Juan Islands
Pacific Northwest Trail @923.8 miles
San Juan Islands
Sign of the times....
Pacific Northwest Trail @966.0 miles
Sign of the times....
Fort Casey
Pacific Northwest Trail @997.8 miles
Fort Casey
Port Townsend Ferry
Pacific Northwest Trail @1,001.0 miles
Port Townsend Ferry
B-17 Wreckage
Pacific Northwest Trail @1,046.4 miles
B-17 Wreckage
That’s a large bee!
Pacific Northwest Trail @1,058.7 miles
That’s a large bee!
Bear on the trail!
Pacific Northwest Trail @1,089.2 miles
Bear on the trail!
Video
Mount Olympus
Pacific Northwest Trail @1,128.5 miles
Mount Olympus
Fungi of the PNT
Pacific Northwest Trail @1,148.9 miles
Fungi of the PNT
Forks Timber Museum
Pacific Northwest Trail @1,167.4 miles
Forks Timber Museum
Sea stacks
Pacific Northwest Trail @1,195.0 miles
Sea stacks
1,224.8 miles
Pacific Northwest Trail @1,224.8 miles