Is the trail open along Rock Lake? I know there was a contract awarded to work on the trail & rail tunnels. Has any of that occurred, is the trail open through that area, etc.
ATVs are not permitted on the trail. Non-motorized vehicles only. The Bolyston tunnel is open. The ends have been cleaned out, but there is some rockfall in the middle. Wooden braces have been added. The detour that was built back when the tunnel is closed still exists and is signed, but the surface quality is poor and it is quite steep. The willows on the east side are a bit of a pain to go around, however. I personally ride through the tunnel. A bike trailer that is 3 feet wide will fit on the trail, but passing people (going same or opposite direction) may be difficult with a trailer that wide. There is a blog linked on this website that describes some people walking the trail from Tekoa to Rattlesnake Lake. It took them about three weeks, at a relaxed pace. Reading that blog and consulting the same resources as bikers and horse riders should give you all the info you need. There are many homes on the trail in Eastern WA (and small towns), and trailheads and businesses in Western WA.
Are ATVs allowed on the trail?
The Boylston Tunnel, in the Yakima Training Center, has a well-marked detour around it. Currently there is a thick swamp of willows at the east end, making it difficult to get through. The detour is recommended.
Is the Boylston tunnel closed as indicated on the 06-2018 map and if so is there a route around it? Thanks
Interested in thru-hiking the entire trail... has this been done? Are there any resources for walkers? I'd love to see how others have attempted this.
Is the road wide enough to pull a bike trailer? Thats about 3 feet wide? Looking specifically at the trail from north bend to Ellensburg. Thinking of doing a couple of nights out with the kids...
None of the trail is paved, and very narrow road bike tires are not ideal for the rough surface. However, the surface is generally the better the farther west you are on the trail, and some have ridden road bikes on it (e.g. between Cedar Falls and Snoqualmie Pass). Patches of deeper gravel in sections between Easton and Ellensburg make skinny tires a poor choice. I would not recommend using very narrow road bike tires east of the Columbia River, although a "fat bike" is not needed. Gravel grinders, mt. bikes, and touring bikes have toured the whole trail.
Trail looks to be gravel. Is it hard packed enough for a road bike? Are some sections more road-bike friendly than others?