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.
2019June 1 - 2. Join Adventure Cycling for their Iron Horse Sojourn, a family-friendly opportunity to experience the trail between Hyak and Cle Elum on an overnight bike tour with full support.May 16 - June 2. Join the John Wayne Pioneer Wagons and Riders on their 38th Annual Cross Washington ride on the trail. Bicyclists are welcome! Fully supported and lots of fun!May 8. Join us in celebrating the 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!
- When: Wednesday, May 8, 2019 | 10 a.m. to Noon PDT
- Where: Iron Horse State Park - South Cle Elum Trailhead | 241 Trailside Drive, Cle Elum, WA 98922 (or watch the event on Facebook Live)This event will be featured in a cascading cross-country live broadcast on RTC’s Facebook Page. If you can’t be there in person, tune in on Facebook to experience the celebration on the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail.During the event, you’ll have the opportunity to:• Engage with key members of Washington State’s trails community and hear from distinguished guests.• Enjoy a tasty lunch.• Go on a guided tour through the historic railyard.
March 28. Board Members attend Inland NW Partners, promotoing economic development of the Inland NW. The PTCT was well represented!Paul Kimmel, Chairman of INP Board; PTCT Board Member Nan; Robert Ward, Rosalia City Councilman and member of Regional Transportation Planning Org.; and PTCT Board Member JimFebruary. Our Board has been busy! Feb. 7, Mark Borleske lobbied for funding for the PTCT at the State Capital in Olympia during WWRC's Great Outdoor Day. Feb. 26, Jim O'Hare gave a presentation on the PTCT to the Inland Empire Chapter of Back Country Horsemen in Spokane. And on Feb. 27 Mark Borleske, Marilyn Hedges, and Robert Yates gave a presentation on the Beverly Bridge at the Heritage Caucus in Olympia, where the legislature is working on the State Budget, and possible funding for the Bridge.
January. The Washington State legislative session started January 14 and funding for PTCT projects are proposed in the 2019-2021 State budget. Although the budget has yet to be approved by the new State legislature in 2019, these projects have been included in the budget proposal:2) Two highly ranked WWRP/RCO grant proposals for State Parks:
4th ranked - Malden to Rosalia trail development6th ranked - Tekoa Trestle renovation and trailhead developmentTo support funding for the WWRP/RCO grant program, which is funded through appropriation to the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition by the legislature, sign this letter of SUPPORT!
3) We have created a one-page handout to be passed out to legislators and leaders as a briefing on this project. Print yours HERE and handout.
November 1. Snoqualmie Tunnel seasonal closure. The 2.3 mile long Snoqualmie Tunnel, under Snoqualmie Pass, is closed for the season. It will reopen in May, with the date depending on snow conditions. The number to call for tunnel information is (509) 656-2230.
August. The Rails to Trails Conservancy features the Beverly Bridge in their magazine's Green Issue! Our Board Members were interviewed for this well done video.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.
January 18. The Renslow Trestle receives funding! The Washington State Legislature finally passed the capital budget for the 2017-2019 biennium. In it is funding for State Parks to develop the Renslow Trestle on the PTCT. This historic, 700 ft long trestle, east of Kittitas, spans I-90, and represents the last significant trail gap west of the Columbia River. More than 2 million cars and trucks pass under this trestle each year, making it one of the most visible portions of the PTCT. The project will include decking and railings so that non-motorized trail users can cross this spectacular trestle. (See article)
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.We are now offering stickers and pins of our logo to donors at various levels.
Adventure Dog Tiva may be the only dog who has traveled the entire PTCT. Here she models one of our pins to show her support.Learn more here about how you can show your support with a sticker or pin.
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.