Pacific Northwest Trail (PNT)

United States United States

Worth knowing

The Pacific Northwest Trail runs for a length of 1960 kilometers through Montana, Idaho and Washington in the United States.

The difficulty of the trail is rated as demanding and it usually takes 98 days to walk the Pacific Northwest Trail.
Of course, how long it really takes for the trail depends on the experience and fitness of the hikers.

The drinking water supply is on the way no problem, since there are numerous possibilities to fill up the water supplies.
This can be done, for example, at streams, springs, but also at wells or public facilities. However, the water may have to be filtered before drinking!

On the trail food supply is less of an issue. As a rule, you can either buy groceries every day or eat in a hut or restaurant.
Nevertheless, it is important to carry an appropriate supply with you.

You can stay overnight in a tent/tarp.

Wild camping is allowed As always, leave behind no traces . Rubbish has to be taken away and nature has to be respected and protected!

Campfires are currently allowed. However, this can change at any time.
Therefore, please be sure to pay attention to public notices and a possible risk of forest fires..
In addition, new fireplaces should never be built, but existing ones should be used.

Facts about Pacific Northwest Trail

1.960 km
Elevation gain
61.700 m
Elevation loss
63.350 m
Highest Point
Cathedral Pass / 2.307 m
Lowest Point
Pacific Ocean / 0 m
Round Trip?
Walk in both directions?
1.960 km
61.700 m
63.350 m
Cathedral Pass
2.307 m
Pacific Ocean
0 m
You have the following accommodation options on the Pacific Northwest Trail
  • in a tent/tarp
Solitude on the Pacific Northwest Trail
Hardly any other people and you sleep in huts/tents with no contact to villages

The best time to hike the Pacific Northwest Trail is:


Arrival to the Pacific Northwest Trail

You will arrive via Calgary International Airport.

You can get to Starting point via Flugzeug / Mietwagen. Duration approx. 6 hours.

Departure from the Pacific Northwest Trail

Departure is via Seattle Tacoma International Airport.

You can get to the airport per Bus / Taxi. Takes about null hours.

Map and elevation profile of the Pacific Northwest Trail

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