"The Rock Lake area has both East and West side in-and-out experiences. Heading West to East, you can proceed 3 miles in before encountering an impassable trestle. Heading East to West, you can safely proceed 2.25 miles in before encountering a restricted tunnel."
Can you confirm this is the case? I was under the impression the detour there is linked to private property issues, not physical impasses. I'd like to ride as much of the Rock Lake stretch as is allowed when I tour the PTC this summer (without getting crosswise with land owners) even if it means back tracking from each end. Thanks!
Palouse to Cascades Trail Coalition
The Pine City-Malden section of trail will open when funding becomes available for trestle repair. This may be dependent on some federal funding through FEMA since this has just been declared eligible for national disaster relief by the Biden administration. Unfortunately, this process is slow. We do not have a date for repair of the trestle between Malden and Pine City, but the section between Rosalia and Malden should be opened sooner since damage was less, and there are grant funds for improvement of this section that can be used. State Parks needs to clear any trees or vegetation that was burned from along the trail that could pose a hazard first, but we'll let the public know as soon as we hear that section has been opened. Thanks for your interest!
Van B Brinkerhoff
Any ETA on opening the Malden-Pine City section of the trail?
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...