Pacific Northwest Trail
My Pacific Northwest Trail Hike
I'm hiking the Pacific Northwest Trail this summer. It runs through the region in which I grew up, so I'm excited to hike through that country again.
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I finished hiking for today. You can check out my current location on the map and I'll post about my day when I am in
My Map - This is my most recent location.
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My pack weighs right around 18 pounds without food and water. I may need to carry up to 10 days of food (ouch!). I'll mostly resupply from stores in towns, but expect to send a couple of resupplies in the more remote spots.
The prices are only for costs of this trip. Almost all gear is still working well from previous treks, so see the IAT Hike page for costs. I'm not including Josh's gear because that's up to him.
|G4 backpack||16||$0|| made myself from pattern.|
Comfortable, light, and plenty of room for all my gear. I'm still using my green version and it's holding up great.
|shelter||27||$0||We will use my Bear Paw Wilderness Designs La Garita shelter with 2-person bug net that weighs 28 oz. plus stakes.|
|sleeping quilt||40||$0||I made this quilt from a pattern for my AZT hike. We'll use both my lighter weight green version and this warmer one.|
|Exped Synmat 7 UL Pad||16||$0||comfortable, warm, light mattress for restful nights. Josh gets a simple blue cell pad.|
|Exped Schnozzel Pumpbag||2.0||$0||Fills pad quickly with dry cold air instead of hot moist breath, and keeps me from getting dizzy! Serves as food bag at night and storage for clothes in pack during day.|
|Exped pillow||2.7||$0|| xmas present.|
Pretty comfortable and worth the extra bit of weight.
|No cooking on this trip.|
|food||1-15 lbs.||$0||I will carry 10 days of food at the most, depending on how resupply works out.|
|water filter||4.2||$0||Sawyer Squeeze filter continues to work wonderfully.|
|water bottles||1.2||$0||two .6L throw-out bottles - cheap, easy, light.|
|water||2-6lb.||water is plentiful most of the time, so no need to carry much. 2.2lb/L|
|BSA baseball hat||3.5||$1||with home-made sun cape to protect ears and neck.|
|BSA wicking t-shirt||11.2||$0||light, synthetic. It refuses to wear out!|
|long sleeve nylon shirt||12||$0||for sun protection.|
|BSA zip-off pants||17.2||light and sturdy|
|Darntough socks||2.9||I got these on the A.T. and they seemed very nice, but I didn't get to wear them long enough. They are warm, soft, and sturdy. These socks were awesome! Still waiting for them to wear out.|
|shoes||32.5||$20||el cheapo from WalMart. Got them for practice hiking and they fit nice, so I'm going with them. They last about 400 miles before the soles wear through.|
|bandanna||1.0||$1||too many uses to list here.|
|army surplus liner||16.4||$8||cheap buy off eBay for a nice layer of insulation.|
|cellphone||4.4||for daily blogs and pics. I now have a Samsung Galaxy Light. This will be my watch, alarm, phone, camera, gps. (unless I get a new one before leaving)|
|tracker||4.2||pings to satellite with my location. Batteries last about 10-14 days when on for 12 hours/day.|
|headlamp||.5||$0||Awesome photon light. One set of batteries lasts about 10 days, but probably less on this hike since there will be less daylight hours.|
|batteries||7.0||$15||I bought 3 extra cellphone batteries and a simple charger off eBay. It's a much lighter solution than a solar charger or battery pack. I just recharge a battery in my phone and one in the charger at the same time in a town. 12 AAA lithiums for tracker, and 12 CR2016 coin batteries for headlamp - purchased online for pennies. I'll have more mailed later, if needed.|
|PNT Map App||0.0||$50||For help with water sources and location. These electronic maps are great tools and they weigh nothing.|
|trek poles||19||$0||Still not worn out, but maybe this trip will finish them off, needed for erecting shelter.|
|pedometer||.6||$0||track my steps, just for fun. The great folks at GeoPalz gave me a replacement for the one I lost in the wilds of Wisconsin.|
|rain poncho||3.4||$4||cheap disposable to cover me and pack from rain - taking 2.|
|rain skirt||2.0||$1||Just a garbage bag cut open and cinched around waist.|
|1st aid kit||3||basic personal items - bandaids, pain relief, tape, liquid skin, CPR mask, gauze pads, allergy meds, ...|
|pad repair kit||.4|
|knife||1.1||tiny, single blade.|
|ear plugs||0||I'm taking a bunch, just in case.|
|50ft. core||1.5||hanging food to protect from animals|
|toilet kit||2.8||TP, Purell|
|misc.||12||2 garbage bags, whistle, clippers, thermometer, and other small items|
|duct tape||1.5||Duct tape has many uses, but I'm taking bright orange for high visibility.|
|stickers||5||Taking some Hiking Dude stickers to hand out to folks I meet.|
4lbs worn, not in pack
15lb pack weight
4 to 18 lbs food & water
23 to 35 lbs - total weight
We're going cookless:
- Breakfast: 2 poptarts, 2 protein bars - 750 calories. I'm rarely hungry before starting my morning hike.
- Lunch: nutella on tortillas - 600 calories.
- Snacks: Austin crackers, peanut M&Ms, trail mix, sunflower kernels - 900 calories
- Dinner: protein powder after hiking and tuna or salmon on tortillas, Nutty Bar for dessert - 600 calories.
- Drink: just water. lots and lots of water.
- Daily vitamin
- travel to trailhead from home - $ - train to Glacier.
- travel from trailend to home - $ - plane or train from Seattle?
- gear - $20 shoes. How many pairs? We'll see.
- guide and maps - $85
- food - $
- lodging - $ - for paid campgrounds or hotels
- Total - $___
Pacific Northwest Trail Statistics
|States||Washington, Idaho, Montana|
|Distance||1200 miles - |
When I complete the trail, I'll let you know how many steps it took me since I'll wear a pedometer the distance.
|Total Elevation||The total cumulative elevation climbed estimated to be 135,000 feet.|
|Terminus||East: Glacier National Park, MT|
West: Cape Alava, WA
|Highest Point||Tuchuck Mountain, MT - 7751ft|
|Lowest Point||Pacific Ocean, Cape Alava, WA - 0ft|
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|Terrain||It's all downhill from the Continental Divide to the Pacific. :-)|
The trail traverses high alpine mountains, coastal rain forests, and great pine forests over a route that receives light traffic in most sections.
The trail is not blazed like the AT or PCT and advanced navigation skills are required.
|History||Conceived in 1970 by Ron Strickland.|
Established as a National Scenic Trail in 2009.
First thru-hiked by 5 people in 1977.
|Challenges||The Pacific Northwest is notorious for grey, dreary, drizzly weather. Possibly long stretches of rain, especially towards end of summer.|
Navigation through unmarked wild lands, not just following white, blue, or yellow blazes day after day.
Grizzlies and wolves on eastern third of trail.
|Time Window||June through November. Leaving too early heading west and the Montana snow will hamper progress. July and August are typically the best months for weather and bugs in the Northwest forests and on the Olympic peninsula.|
|Time to Hike||Typically takes 6 to 10 to weeks.|
|Thru-hiker Tally||Under 100.|
|Google Earth||View Trail with google earth|
|Full Maps||PNT Maps|
|Agencies||Pacific Northwest Trail Association|
Land Managers and Partners of the Pacific Northwest Trail
|National Park Service|
|Partnership for the Nat'l Trails System|
Hike On: My Hikes
May 04, 2013 - Harly Drum
Good luck and have fun. I have my PNT journal from 2005 posted on my blog. www.nwhikingblog.comMar 19, 2016 - Reed
Land Managers and Partners of the Pacific Northwest Trail include the non-profit Pacific Northwest Trail Association - pnt.org
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