Referred to as the “old” or “original” Pacific Northwest Trail. This file begins at Upper Priest Lake in Idaho and ends in Glacier National Park, at Waterton Lake.
This is not the new official PNT route. It instead follows ridgelines and climbs mountains that do not have physical trails. There are many sections that require bushwacking but the rewards are hiking mountains and ridgelines without crowds. This route also traverses 10 Lakes Scenic Area in Western Montana – a beautiful area.
There is a river crossing/ bushwack to enter Glacier National Park.
- Low lying areas are thick with mosquitos.
- The entire hike is through grizzly country.
- Eureka, MT has free camping and showers in the center of town