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Photos: Virtual Tour of the Pacific Northwest Trail

Posted by Rachel Wendling at Feb 11, 2019 10:00 PM |

Washington is well-known for containing a major portion of the famous 2,600-mile Pacific Crest Trail — but did you know there's another National Scenic Trail traversing our state?

Washington is well-known for containing a major portion of the famous 2,600-mile Pacific Crest Trail — but did you know there's another National Scenic Trail traversing our state?

The 1,200-mile Pacific Northwest Trail (PNT) crosses over Washington from the foggy shores of the Olympic Coast to the golden mountains of the Kettle Range, continuing on to the snow-drenched peaks of Glacier National Park. The PNT encompasses some of the west’s most idyllic landscapes, traversing a total of 3 states, 7 national forests, 3 national parks, and 6 wilderness areas.

A 60-mile stretch of the PNT, known as the Boundary Trail, has been hit hard by catastrophic wildfires and a lack of trail funding over the past decade, limiting hiker accessibility across its entirety — and causing it to nearly disappear. As a part of our Lost Trails Found campaign, we've made it a priority to help restore this section of the PNT to a sustainable and hiker-friendly condition — enabling thru-hikers to keep on hiking.

If you haven't yet experienced the beauty of the PNT yourself, we wanted to share a peek into what the trail has to offer and get you dreaming of your summer adventures, wherever they may be. 

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Follow along from east to west as we traverse the PNT.

Kettle Crest
Kettle Crest by Holley Weiler.jpeg
Photo by Holly Weiler.

Sherman Peak
Sherman Peak Loop by austineats.jpeg
Photo by austineats.

Copper Butte
Copper Butte by Austineast.jpeg
Photo by austineats.

Bonaparte Fire Lookout
Bonaparte by spratt.jpeg
Photo by trip reporter spratt.

Whistler CanyonWhistler Canyon Trail by jenanddog.jpeg
Photo by jenanaddog.

Similkameen Trailsimilkameen by Jen Coleman.jpeg
Photo by Jen Coleman.

Horseshoe BasinHorseshoe Basin by Mike Warren.jpg
Photo by Mike Warren.

Boundary TrailBoundary Trail by Benjamin Luedke.jpg
Photo by Benjakin Luedke.

Devils DomeDevil's Dome by Jay Thompson.jpg
Photo by Jay Thompson.

Ross LakeRoss Lake by Jennifer Lutz.jpg
Photo by Jennifer Lutz.

Baker LakeBaker Lake by geezerhiker.jpeg
Photo by geezerhiker.

Park Butte LookoutPark Butte by Dennis Quinn.jpg
Photo by Dennis Quinn.

Oyster DomeOyster Dome by Hiking Hobbit.jpeg
Photo by Hiking Hobbit.

Mount ErieSugarload by Marit Jensen.jpg
Photo by Marit Jensen.

Deception Pass State ParkDeception Pass by gemhikes.jpeg
Photo by gemhikes.

Ebey's LandingEbey's Landing by Melinda Groenewegen.jpg
Photo by Melinda Groenewegen.

Mount ZionMount Zion by Psalm104.jpeg
Photo by Psalm104.

Buckhorn MountainBuckhorn Wilderness by Grant Roush,jpg.jpg
Photo by Grant Roush.

Grand Valley
Grand Valley by austineats.jpeg
Photo by austineats.

Hurricane Hill
22212235346_dc7c9867be_k.jpgPhoto by Yu Sheng.

Elwha RiverElwha River by rcwaters.jpeg
Photo by rcwaters.

Olympic Hot SpringsOlympic Hot Springs by Bob and Barb.jpeg
Photo by Bob and Barb.

Seven Lakes BasinHigh Divide by charlie_q.jpeg
Photo by charlie_q.

Cape Alava37325352281_29224b2d0c_k.jpg
Photo by Aneesh Sood.

Rialto BeachRialto Beach by Kripa Chettiar.jpg
Photo by Krippa Chettiar.

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