"In the early 1970s, Ron Strickland--a young, novice hiker with an audacious idea--launched a campaign to link Glacier National Park's alpine meadows and the Pacific Ocean with a new, 1,200-mile footpath across three national parks and seven national forests. He--along with countless other volunteers--lobbied landowners, raised money, and dug dirt until, in 2009, Congress added the Pacific Northwest Trail to the National Trails System.
In "Pathfinder, " Strickland describes the process of untangling brush and bureaucracy to establish one of the world's most beautiful trails. He intersperses colorful portraits of memorable trail characters, insider's tips about favorite hikes, and news about the coming renaissance of hiking. "The adventure," he says, "is just beginning."