Connecting People and Communities

The Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail (PNT) travels through some of the most spectacular and scenic terrain in the United States, Pacific Northwest Trail Logoconnecting diverse landscapes and communities of the Pacific Northwest.

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

View Pacific Northwest Trail: Questions & Answers (.pdf)

View photos on FlickrView from the mountains of glacier and rock outcroppings.


The Trail:
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Advisory Council:
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National Trails System

50th Anniversary of National Trails System

In 2018, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the birth of our National Trails System, 11 National Scenic Trails (including the Pacific Crest Trail) and 19 National Historic Trails authorized by Congress, and more than 1,200 National Recreation Trails.

These trails provide outdoor recreation opportunities, promote resource preservation and public access, and encourage the appreciation of the great outdoors and America's history and cultural diversity.

Pacific Northwest Trail; 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.