August 2014

PNTA Website is Getting a New Look
We're very excited to announce a we are in the process of a website update. A few months ago we reached out to a local website developer and we are pleased with what we see so far. We hope to unveil the new site in the next month. 

The new site will be a lot to look forward to with a new design, easier to use trail information and guides, an updated blog  and trail journal aggregater full of constantly added stories along the trail, and of course an easier way for you to get involved with the PNTA, and more importantly on the trail. 

We want to thank everyone who has helped us and especially to those who are out there working, experiencing, and living the PNT. It's you that keep this organization going and its with you that this trail will be used and experienced for generations.

Experience the Wild Day Camp in Full Swing
experience the wild kids
Experience the Wild Campers at the Blue Lake Trailhead this past Wednesday. 
 From hiking trails on the PNT and local forest, to learning about fish and wildlife at different education centers Its been an amazing first week of Experience the Wild! 

We are looking forward to following two camps! Do you know any 8-12 year olds looking for something to do during the summer weeks? We have a few spots, FREE during our Darrington Camp which runs August 4th-8th. Call our camp coordinator Lewis Trout at (360) 333-7767 for details.
Work on the Trail-Cascade Region Crew Update
Our Job Corps Crew moving logs on the Hannegan Pass Trail.

It's another busy summer for the region. We have SWITMO volunteers driving on with
work on Blanchard & Anderson Mt., Swift Creek. Quilcene Ranger Corps (QRC)Working hard on trails in the Hood Canal District, Performance Crew in Jefferson County handling larger issues in the Hood Canal District and Clallam County crew getting a firm handle on a section the Bogachiel trail counties. Job Corps Crew Working the East Baker Lake Trail, and the Hannegan Pass Trail. Local SKY (Service-Knowledge-Youth) Crew was also working in the Loomis State Forest repairing erosion damage. 

With the distinction of being the highest point in Stevens County and second highest in eastern Washington, 7,308-foot Abercombie Mountain offers great views in all directions of the Cascades, Selkirks, and the Pend Oreille valley. Hikers will enjoy alpine  meadows on the way up and the chance of a bear sighting. (Be careful!) 

There are two options to get to the top. From the east, 4-mile Flume Creek Trail#502 starts at the end of Forest Service Road #350 out of Metaline Falls. The Forest Service warns that this rough road is not recommended for passenger vehicles or horse trailers. From the west, 3.2-mile Abercrombie Mountain Trail #117 can be accessed from Forest Service Road #300 off Silver Creek Road outside Leadpoint. Both are strenuous hikes that gain considerable elevation but reward hikers with panoramic views and a peak "bagged."
Summer Booth
Have you seen our outreach booth? This summer we have been driving to(sadly not hiking to) different towns along the trail, talking about the PNT, local hikes, and everything in between. Find us at local farmers markets and festivals.

Watch for Wildfires!
If you are planning a hike, make sure you check the local news or websites about potential fires. The trail has not had a fire on it yet this year, but surrounding areas of the trail have, and sometimes accessing the PNT involves detours. One website to check fire incidents is the Inciweb site.
Photography Trips
Andy Porter, Photographer and avid hiker on the PNT, is planning a few photography trips this summer, one was the beautiful stretch up the Pasayten Wilderness at Upper Cathedral Lake connecting with our trail at the Tungsten Mine. Anyone interested should contact him through his website.
If you have any events you would like to have included or if you want to put together a volunteer work party and would like to have that information included in the newsletter you can contact us at (360) 854--9415 or e-mail us at [email protected]