Pacific Northwest Trail Journals

The Pacific Northwest Trail (PNT) extends 1,200 miles from the Continental Divide in Glacier National Park to Cape Alava on the Pacific Ocean. The trail wends its way through the Rocky Mountains, the Selkirk Mountains, Pasayten Wilderness, North Cascades, Olympic Mountains and Washington’s Wilderness Coast. While hiking the PNT, you will travel through three National Parks and seven National Forests.

Characterized by high mountain views and dramatic valleys, the Pacific Northwest Trail offers a rugged backcountry experience. Conceived by trail visionary Ron Strickland in 1970, the PNT was designated as a National Scenic Trail in 2009. The PNT, however, has yet to be fully completed on the ground. The trail is largely unmarked, so you can expect to be challenged by route finding and bushwhacking.

The Pacific Northwest Trail Association is the non-profit with the mission to protect and promote the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail (PNNST), and to enhance recreation and educational opportunities for the enjoyment of present and future generations.

For more information about the trail and hiker resources go to

Yeti did the PNT in 2010 but at Ross Lake Resort in Washington with only 460 miles to go my right knee finally gave out after hiking 12,000 miles bone on bone. I was forced to come out and I got a full knee replacement and returned on the same calendar day and finished the hike in 2011. It just continued on in the same journal. Melanie was working full time so she had to do the PNT in sections 2012, 2013, 2014, & with Yeti in 2015. I hadn’t seen anything of the Olympic Mountains since it snowed or rained every day while I hiked through in 2011 so I wanted to see them.

Yeti’s Pacific Northwest Trail Journal 2010 & 2011 I didn’t do a separate journal for 2015, Melanie did hers for both of us.
Melanie’s Pacific Northwest Trail Journal 2012
Melanie’s Pacific Northwest Trail Journal 2013
Melanie’s Pacific Northwest Trail Journal 2014
Melanie’s Pacific Northwest Trail Journal 2015