ABOUT US - Palouse to Cascades Trail Coalition

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The mission of the Palouse to Cascades Coalition is to promote development and use of the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail, including any connecting trails that benefit this trail.
Specifically we work through grass roots support, legislative action, fund raising, and volunteer efforts to complete, maintain, and improve the Palouse to Cascades Trail

The Palouse to Cascades Trail Coalition (previously the Friends of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail Organization) was formed in January, 2016 with the goal of representing a broad statewide and national interest in the trail. We are a nonprofit, all volunteer 501(c)3 organization registered as a tax exempt charitable organization with the IRS. The PTCT Coalition is a member of Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition. Board meetings are held online the first Thursday of every odd month.

Our board members are dedicated to the improvement and development of the trail. We are always looking for others interested in joining our team as well. Board positions are up for election every two years, but new members may be nominated and elected by the Board at any time. Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering or joining our team.

Our team:

Chairman - Marilyn Hedges
Vice Chair - Tom Short
Treasurer - Fred Wert
Secretary - Nan Konishi

Board Members:
Mark Borleske - Rail Historian
Tom Short - Trail improvements
Shelly Bowman
Jim O'Hare

For questions or information, email us at

These organizations support the mission of the Palouse to Cascades Trail Coalition and have agreed to work cooperatively towards that mission.

John Wayne Pioneer Wagons and Riders

Cascade Rail Foundation

Cascade Bicycle Club and Washington Bikes

Back Country Horsemen of Washington

Washington State Parks Foundation

Friends of the Tekoa Trestle

Palouse Regional Transportation Planning Organization

Rail Trail Planning Services


  • Marilyn Hedges has been bicyclilng the trail since 2003, and uses this experience in administering the website and social media

Mark Borleske, Robert Yates, Jim O'Hare, and Fred Wert
lobbying for the trail in Olympia January 2018

  • Mark Borleske, our rail historian knows the Milwaukee Road history of the trail mile by mile. His nomination of the Beverly Bridge as one of Washington's Most Endangered Structures was accepted by the WA Trust for Historic Preservation in 2017.

  • Robert Yates is past Chairman of the Board, where he served for 3 years putting in countless hours of time on behalf of the trail.

  • Jim O'Hare is active in advocating for the trail in eastern WA and the connection of the PTCT to the Milwaukee Corridor through Idaho.

  • Fred Wert is the author or "Washington's Rail Trails" and has an extensive background in advocacy for Washington trails. He first rode the entire PTCT in 1998.

Shelly Bowman and Tom Short

  • Shelly Bowman is active in many volunteer efforts supportive of biking and trails, and is a member of the King County Regional Trail Coalition

  • Tom Short has ridden the trail for many years with the John Wayne Pioneer Wagons and Riders and organized numerous trail improvement projects.

  • Nan Konishi is a business owner and past Mayor of Rosalia, with an interest in promoting the trail to benefit the small towns in the Palouse.

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