Connecting People and Communities

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The Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail (PNNST) is a unique pathway that travels through some of the most spectacular and scenic terrain in the United States, connecting diverse landscapes and communities of the Pacific Northwest.

Beginning at the Continental Divide in Glacier National Park this exciting new national trail travels over 1,200 miles through Montana, Idaho, and Washington before reaching the Pacific Ocean near Cape Alava.



One of America's Newest National Scenic Trails

Homepage Scene 3First proposed in the early 1970s, the Pacific Northwest Trail was designated by Congress as one of eleven National Scenic Trails in the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009. The National Trails System Act calls for these trails to be located to provide for maximum outdoor recreation potential as well as the conservation and enjoyment of the scenic, historic, natural, and cultural resources in the areas through which these trails pass.

Begin Your Journey

To learn about volunteer opportunities and trip planning visit Pacific Northwest Trail Association.

The Pacific Northwest Trail travels through rugged, remote wilderness and downtown Main Streets in small communities. In some areas, hundreds of thousands of people enjoy this national treasure each year while in others, only a handful of people walk the trail. Some travel only a few miles, while others complete a “thru-hike” of the entire trail in one season