Tuesday, November 8, 2016

From Glacier to the Pacific

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Pacific Northwest Trail Advisory Council meets in Whitefish to discuss the future of the country’s newest scenic trail

By Justin Franz // Nov 7, 2016

WHITEFISH — For 1,200 miles, from Chief Mountain in Glacier National Park to the Pacific Ocean, a footpath meanders through the mountains of Montana, Idaho and Washington.

While the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail may not be as well known as some of the nation’s other long-distance paths — including the Continental Divide Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail and the granddaddy of them all, the Appalachian Trail — a small group of people is working tirelessly to elevate its status. As part of that effort, the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Advisory Council met in Whitefish last week for its biannual meeting to discuss the route’s future.

The two-day meeting on Nov. 2-3 at Grouse Mountain Lodge included representatives from all levels of government, as well as historians, recreation advocates and a timber representative...

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