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.
2019October 12, Railroad Presentation and Railroad History Hike. The 3rd Annual Railroad History Presentation followed by a History Hike on the iconic Rosalia Concrete Arch Bridges. Sponsored by the Whitman County Library (Rosalia Branch). Time line below:
12:00 Noon. Chili lunch at Pinewood Cottage, 208 W 2nd St., Rosalia (one block west of Whitman Ave. near the Rodeo grounds). Donations will be accepted with proceeds going to support the Palouse to Cascades Coalition.1:00 PM. Railroad Heritage presentation at the Rosalia Community Center on Whitman Ave. (two doors south of the Market). Featured presenter is Thomas Hillebrant, author of the book "Palouse Rails, Granger Railroads of the Inland Northwest".2:30 PM, guided history hike led by Mark Borleske. After the presentation in town, there will be a caravan of vehicles from Rosalia to Thunderhawk Ranch, 202 Pine City - Malden Rd (the crossing of Pine City- Malden Road and the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail). Parking off the road is available on the driveway just west of the trail. The hike will follow the former Milwaukee Road, now the Palouse to Cascades Trail, over the concrete arch bridges to the site of a “daylighted” railroad tunnel, now a deep cut. The hike includes guided narrative with a display of historic views of the sites over the years. For the history hike, sturdy shoes are recommended for walking the gravel trail surface. The history hike is up to two miles round-trip. Permits for trail use are included in the guided tour. Light hospitality will be served.
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 the rehabilitation of the Beverly Bridge and management of two trail segments (Beverly to Royal City Junction and Warden to Lind) from the DNR.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. This section of trail is currently closed with no date set for reopening. A detour is possible using Lower Crab Creek Rd. See map.Historic wooden trestle over Lower Crab Creek destroyed by fireJune 1. Our first parade! The Palouse to Cascades Trail was part of Rosalia's Battle Days festivities. The PTCT Coalition paraded the trail banner and set up an informational table about the trail.
May 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
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 was very successful receiving funding for three projects. The Beverly Bridge was funded in full, the Malden to Rosalia trail development was funded in full, and the Tekoa Trestle renovation was partially funded. This is a great leap forward for a Park that has been beset with failing to obtain capital funding in the past. We extend a huge Thank You to everyone who helped make this happen, wrote letters, gave presentations, made phone calls, and worked hard for this!
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.
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.