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 walked 40560 steps on the trail today.
I traveled about 20 miles today.
8/19/17 They say Oroville is the halfway point of the PNT. Tonight, actually this afternoon, we stopped just 10 miles shy of the town. Check out my current location on the map.
I have to pick up new shoes at the post office and they are not open on weekends. So,
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.
|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||30||$0||We will use my Bear Paw Wilderness Designs La Garita shelter with 2-person bug net includes 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||2-15 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||2-8lb.||water is plentiful most of the time, can carry up to 4L. 2.2lb/L|
|Lutherhaven baseball hat||3.5||$1||with home-made sun cape to protect ears and neck.|
|wicking t-shirt||11.2||$0||light, synthetic. Same old one 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||2.0||$1||2 of them, too many uses to list here.|
|down jacket||16||$70||splurge item for this hike.|
|cellphone||5.2||for daily blogs and pics. Upgraded to LG Stylo 3. This will be my watch, alarm, phone, camera, gps.|
|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||9.0||$15||solar charger for phone. 12 AAA lithiums for tracker, and 24 CR2016 coin batteries for headlamp - purchased online for pennies.|
|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||14||$0||Using a new, lighter pair this hike that I got for Christmas.|
|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.|
|bear spray||10||0||we each have one, it's like a lead weight!|
|food bag||9||$190||we each have an Ursack Major S29.3 AllWhite bag. Most expensive items this trip.|
|50ft. core||1.5||hanging food to protect from animals|
|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.|
|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||3||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
= ~19 to ~33 lb pack
~23 to 37 lbs - total weight
We're going cookless:
- Breakfast: 2 poptarts, 2 granola bars - 750 calories. I'm rarely hungry before starting my morning hike.
- Lunch: nutella or PBJ on crackers - 600 calories.
- Snacks: Austin crackers, peanut M&Ms, trail mix, sunflower kernels - 900 calories
- Dinner: protein powder after hiking and tuna on tortillas, Nutty Bar for dessert - 600 calories.
- Drink: just water. lots and lots of water.
- Daily vitamin
- travel to trailhead from home - $150 - 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.orgJul 26, 2017 - Michael Wiig
If you get bored on the way back to the trail hit up Farragut State Park. It was home for the 1973 National Jamboree West Site. I was there. If you need any mosquitoes let me know there are plenty in Maine this summer. Have fun and keep safe.Jul 27, 2017 - Hiking Dude
@Michael - one of the nice things about this trail is that the bugs have not been too bad. In Glacier, there were lots of mosquitos but since then it has been mostly biting flies - just not a ton of them. Our bug suits have been VERY valuable to have along, sometimes wearing them most of the day.
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