Connecting People and Communities

The Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail 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 this national trail travels over 1,200 miles through Montana, Idaho, and Washington before reaching the Pacific Ocean near Cape Alava.

A stream meets the ocean along the Pacific NW Trail on Washington coast.

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Advisory Council:Public meeting with diverse stakeholders.



One of America's Newest National Scenic Trails

Graphic: Hiking symbolFirst 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.