The Palouse to Cascades Trail Coalition (formerly the Friends of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail) is an all volunteer, non-profit 501c3 organization devoted to promoting, maintaining and developing the Palouse to Cascades Trail (PTCT), one of Washington's recreational treasures.The Palouse to Cascades Trail (previously the Iron Horse/John Wayne Pioneer Trail) is a 285 mile rail trail spanning the state of Washington, from the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains to the Idaho border. Designated a National Recreational Trail, it is enjoyed by hikers, horse riders, bikers, Boy Scouts, rail historians, scientists, and trail enthusiasts of all sorts. The trail highlights Washington's diverse and scenic landscape, traveling through evergreen forests and dark tunnels, over high trestles and spectacular rivers, and across open farmland and high desert.
2021August. Sad news re: the Beverly Bridge project - on August 3, a construction worker on the Beverly Bridge rehabilitation project suffered a fatal fall. In light of this tragedy, as well as varying COVID Delta conditions, and fire and smoke warnings over the summer, the Beverly Bridge Grand Opening Event Committee has decided to postpone the Beverly Bridge ceremony that had been scheduled for September 13. Discussions are being held regarding scheduling a future date.May 24. The Renslow Bridge is now open for nonmotorized use. Spanning I-90 east of Kittitas, this closes the last large trail gap west of the Columbia River. An opening ceremony was held at the Kittitas Depot to coincide with the annual Cross Washington Ride by the John Wayne Pioneer Wagons and Riders.Crossing the Renslow Bridge.April 28. Beverly Bridge reconstruction is in full swing. The burned ties are being removed, and new concrete pads are being put down, working west to east. (Learn more here.)2020October 5-7. New kiosks and historic station signs were installed at Lind, Ralston, and Revere in eastern WA, by the John Wayne Pioneer Wagons and Riders, the Cascade Rail Foundation and the Palouse to Cascades Trail Coalition.September 7. A rapid moving wildfire devastated the trail towns of Malden and Pine City in eastern Washington. The trail is closed between Malden and Pine City. (See our DETOURS page for specifics).Burned trestle between Malden and Pine City in eastern WAMay 29. Updated time schedule for completion of Palouse to Cascades Trail projects.2019
July 18. The Washington State Parks Commission approved leasing management of the Beverly Bridge and about 40 miles of the PTCT from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The lease allows State Parks to take over management of the entire trail.June 3-6. The Grant County 243 Command Fire engulfed approximately 20,000 acres along Lower Crab Creek, crossed the PTCT, and destroyed a trestle across the creek. A detour is possible by leaving the trail at "Closed" signage on the trail and using Lower Crab Creek Rd around this section. See map.Historic wooden trestle over Lower Crab Creek destroyed by fireMay 8. Big Reveal of the cross-country preferred route of the Great American Rail Trail in Cle Elum! A signature project of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), the Great American Rail-Trail will connect nearly 4,000 miles of rail-trails and other multiuse trails across 12 states and Washington, D.C.—including Washington State and the Palouse to Cascades Trail!
Representatives from Rails to Trails Conservancy at the Big Revealon the Palouse to Cascades Trail at S. Cle Elum.
April 28. PTCT and Beverly Bridge receive funding in the Washington State 2019-2021 Capital Budget! On Sunday 4/28/19 the Washington State Legislature passed the Capital Budget for 2019-2021. The Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail received funding for three projects - the Beverly Bridge, Malden to Rosalia trail development, and the Tekoa Trestle. We extend a huge Thank You to everyone who helped make this happen!2018
June 11. We have changed our name! - The Friends of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail Organization is now the Palouse to Cascades Trail Coalition. We will be continuing our efforts as always on behalf of the same trail under a new name.May 17. It's official! The Washington State Parks and Recreaction Commission voted today to change the name of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail to the PALOUSE TO CASCADES STATE PARK TRAIL, giving the trail a name with a unique and descriptive identity. See announcement.
Get on board! Your support will help us in our work to close trail gaps, repair trestles, improve surface conditions, and support projects benefitting trail users, adjacent landowners, and communities along the way! Donations are tax-free and help save and improve the trail.
September, 2020. Wildfire damaged several trestles and devastated the towns of Pine City and Malden on 9/7/2020. Please see the current Detour.June 2019. Closure of the trail east of the Columbia River between Beverly-Smyrna due to fire damage. Use Lower Crab Creek Rd. to detour.
Bicyclists, be prepared for goathead thorns (AKA "puncture vine") which can cause flats! There are at least 3 problem areas east of the Columbia River (see map), primarily where the trail crosses the public road at Smyrna, heading east from Warden, and at Ralston.Bypassing these areas by detouring on the adjacent roads and using sealant in your bike's inner tubes can help prevent multiple flats.