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Due to COVID-19 guidelines, some facilities and services at long-distance trails may be closed, but
State Parks is not prohibiting the public from responsibly using State Parks long-distance linear trails.
We encourage everyone to take COVID-wise measures as you seek health and wellness activities outdoors.

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.


Responsibe use of WA State Park's long distance linear trail is not prohibited but best guidelines for reducing spread of COVID-19 should be used when seeking exercise and social distancing.

Trail near Pine City in eastern WA

July 31. Beverly Bridge Project Update #3 is released by State Parks. The project to rehabilitate the Beverly Bridge across the Columbia River and open it to non-motorized traffic remains on schedule with the permitting process nearly complete. The project is now going to public bid.

June 11.  The Cedar Falls Trailhead, which was closed for COVID concerns, reopened. The neighboring Rattlesnake Lake Trailhead, managed by Seattle Public Utilities is also open at a greatly reduced parking capacity. We anticipate the Cedar Falls Trailhead will fill to capacity most weekends, if you are planning on arriving after 9:00 AM, please consider using the Homestead Valley Trailhead off of Exit 38 to access the Olallie Trail (about 1 mile further than Cedar Falls). Camping on the PTCT is not allowed at this time.

May 29. Updated time schedule for completion of Palouse to Cascades Trail projects.

May 21- June 6. 39th Annual Cross State Ride on the Palouse to Cascades with the John Wayne Pioneer Wagons and Riders has been CANCELED due to COVID-19 restrictions.


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. 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 fire

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 at the Big Reveal
on 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!


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 capital budget for the 2017-2019 biennium included funding for rehabilitation of the Renslow Trestle on the PTCT. This historic, 700 ft long trestle, east of Kittitas, spans I-90, and will close a 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) . Completion of this project is projected for March 2021.

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.

Use our maps to plan a trip on the trail.

is required for use of the trail east of the Columbia River. This is FREE.

Trail Conditions

September, 2020. The trail is closed between Rock Lake and Rosalia in eastern WA, until further notice. Wildfire has damaged several trestles.

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.
Palouse to Cascades Trail Coalition
P.O. Box 3011, Winthrop WA 98862
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