PCTA welcomes Bill Hawley as new North Cascades Regional Rep

It is with great pleasure we welcome Bill Hawley back to our staff in a new capacity, as Pacific Crest Trail Association’s North Cascades Regional Representative.

Bill was out hiking the PCT “back before it was the PCT,” and has been a life-long devotee. In the last several years Bill became deeply involved with the Mt Hood Chapter, making himself indispensable as a section caretaker, organizer, and instructor. He won Regional Maintainer of the Year in 2008. Subsequently he began working summers on staff as a Technical Advisor for PCTA’s week-long crews in the backcountry. Bill’s passion, dedication, and effectiveness at problem-solving are well-known and respected among volunteers, partners, and agency staff alike. Bill has degrees in Planning and Environmental Science, and in his previous career was instrumental in developing what is today known as “Green Building”. Bill’s background, combined with his infectious enthusiasm for the trail, prepares him to navigate the symbiotic relationship between public and private sector programs that is essential for effective trail management and the pursuit of PCTA’s mission.

Please join me in welcoming Bill!

Photo courtesy of the PCTA, Mt. Hood Chapter.

Photo courtesy of the PCTA Mt. Hood Chapter.


Bill, far right, with packers from Backcountry Horsemen of Washington and PCTA.

Melissa, our Forest Service ?co-leader, and Bill, our PCTA co-leader, are at the junction of the main? and alternate trails. Both were tremendous inspirations to me -?knowledgeable, patient, and great teachers.

Bill and Melissa (from U.S. Forest Service) at the junction of the PCT/Old Snowy trails in Goat Rocks.


Author: Mike Dawson

As Trail Operations Director, Mike is responsible for formulating and implementing PCTA policies related to management and protection of the trail, overseeing management of PCTA trail maintenance program, and coordinating protection of the PCT experience including land protection activities. He lives on Vashon Island in Washington with his wife Tina.