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.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.
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.
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!