Proposed Pacific Northwest Trail Route


Welcome to the fact page for the proposed Pacific Northwest Trail route—a high-volume thru-hiker corridor that will have lasting and expanding impact on the ecosystems through which it passes.

The Yaak Valley Forest Council is involved in advising decision-makers in this process and urge you to become involved. Your cards, letters, e-mails are needed! Take a look at the links here and send a short note with your thoughts! Thank you!
Be sure to send us a copy of your correspondence and contact us directly if you have any questions!

Thank you!

   What if there was another way? A way to protect (and, where necessary, restore) the ecologic integrity of the Yaak, yet send wayfaring pilgrims—some hungry for a thing they can’t name, others for a physical experience little different than a day at the gym, others for a connection with nature, ideally wild nature—yet a routing that would minimize or avoid disruption of one of the very things that makes the Yaak great and different from the vast majority of other valleys in the West, which is the presence of interior forest grizzlies?

The Yaak Valley Forest Council is encouraging these discussions, along with, as ever, opportunities for sustainable economic diversification in the region. We have not had luck engaging with the Forest Service in these matters, nor, certainly, with the recreational industry group out of Washington, the Pacific Northwest Trail Association, which appears to have simply drawn a straight line, the most direct route to connect Glacier National Park with the Cascades National Park.


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