Connecting Trails - Palouse to Cascades Trail Coalition

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Several years ago the Washington State legislature passed a resolution to support a cross state trail. The Palouse to Cascades Trail is only one part (albeit the longest) of a system of trails that could make up a complete Washington Cross State Trail eventually.

The Palouse to Cascades Trail is also a "gateway trail" in the national Rails to Trails Conservancy's Great American Rail Trail . This trail system is still far from complete, but someday the trail sections currently in development may connect across Washington.

The map shows various trail systems currently in development and not yet complete, that may eventually join the PTCT to span Washington: the Olympic Discovery Trail (in green), the Sound to Olympics Trail (in pink), the King County Trails (in blue), and the Palouse to Cascades Trail (in red).

There are still significant trail gaps and obstacles to overcome before complete connectivity, but imagine if these trails could connect seamlessly! Help us in our effort on the PTCT to make the vision of a complete Cross Washington Trail become a reality.

TRAILS connecting to the PTCT

Snoqualmie Valley Regional Trail- From the western end of the PTCT at Cedar Falls, north to Duvall. This trail has connections to other King County trails linking to the greater Seattle metropolitan area.

Columbia Plateau Trail State Park - Crosses over the PTCT in eastern WA, and runs between the Cheney area and TriCities.

Shown above - The Columbia Plateau Trail crosses over
the Palouse to Cascades Trail in eastern WA's scablands.


Looking east into Idaho at the eastern terminus of the PTCT on the Washington-Idaho border.

The Milwaukee Road corridor continues east through Idaho on private land and intersects with Idaho's Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes only a few miles from the end of the PTCT at the Washington-Idaho border. Remnants of the old Milwaukee Road can be found in Idaho and Montana as well. There are efforts in both Idaho and Montana to develop trails that link sections of this corridor with existing trails. Someday a trail network could connect the Pacific Coast with the Rocky Mountain region, an epic NorthWest system of trails!

Closure of a few gaps could interconnect a number of rail trails
across the WA-ID-MT borders.

More info:

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