256 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:15 May 2011


Blazing a New Wilderness Trail in Modern America

Oregon State University Press

Ron Strickland had a dream of showcasing the best hiking of the Rockies, Purcells, Okanogan, Cascades, Olympics, and Wilderness Coast. He spent years raising funds, recruiting volunteers, cutting brush, digging dirt, and lobbying landowners, officials, and politicians – and in 2009, the twelve-hundred-mile Pacific Northwest Trail was declared a National Scenic Trail.

In his adventurous and moving memoir, Strickland shares his insider view of conceiving and establishing the trail, detailing the setbacks and triumphs along the way. He intersperses colorful portraits of memorable characters he encountered and lush descriptions of hikes along the trail.

Pathfinder offers the rich insights and experiences of a longtime hiker, inspiring readers to the wonder of hiking and the outdoors.
Ron Strickland is the founder and past executive director of the Pacific Northwest Trail Association. He is the author of The Pacific Northwest Trail Guide, River Pigs and Cayuse: Oral Histories form the Pacific Northwest, and Whistlepunks and Geoducks: Oral Histories form the Pacific Northwest.


Along the PNT: The Wilderness Coast

I Became a Hiker Because…

The Bad Boys of Backpacking

Along the PNT: North Cascades

Bucking the Brush

Ralph Thayer’s Broadaxe

Murder Mystery at the Old Mine

Along the PNT: The Okanogan

Trail Magic

Along the PNT: Roll on Columbia, Roll On

Off the Trail: Longing for Roots


Off the Trail: The Backpacker Parent

Along the PNT: The Selkirk Mountains

Women on the Trail

Pass It On

Along the PNT: The Purcell Mountains]

A Labor of Truly Obsessive Love

Willful and Eccentric

Ten Essentials

Very Romantic

Off the Trail: Walden Pond

For I Believed in Traveling Light

The Path Ahead

Aong the PNT: Shared Vision

Books from the Trail

Glossary; Further Reading; Bibliography; Index

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