The John Wayne Pioneer Trail is a 285 mile rail trail spanning the state of Washington, from the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains to the Idaho border. Designated a National Recreational Trail, it is enjoyed by hikers, horse riders, bikers, Boy Scouts, rail historians, scientists, and trail enthusiasts of all sorts. The trail highlights Washington's diverse and scenic landscape, traveling through evergreen forests and dark tunnels, over high trestles and spectacular rivers, and across open farmland and high desert.The Friends of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail is an all volunteer, non-profit 501c3 organization devoted to promoting, maintaining and developing the John Wayne Pioneer Trail. Your support is needed to continue development of the trail as one of Washington's recreational treasures.THE LEGISLATURE NEEDS TO HEAR FROM YOU!April 2017The John Wayne Pioneer Trail has had an enormous outpouring of support since it was almost given away by legislative action in 2015. Since then, State Parks has heard our message to "Save and Improve the Trail". The JWPT is one of State Park's top priorities in the 2017-2019 budget. Currently the WA State Legislature is in session to determine how much to appropriate to State Parks.So far, of the 3 State Parks WWRP/RCO grant requests for the JWPT, only the Renslow Trestle renovation is in the budget. The Tekoa Trestle renovation and Malden to Rosalia trail development projects were denied. (Learn more on the other grant requests here)Renslow Trestle over I-90 between Kittitas and VantageAlso of concern for supporters of the JWPT:
(Bill/Amendment sponsors: Rossi/Schoesler/Cherry and others)ENGROSSED SUBSTITURE SENATE BILL REPORT ESSB 5838: (As of 4/23/2017 this bill has gone back to the Senate from the House and is in the Senate Rules Committee for the third reading.)-Establishes a priority for using bonding authority to alleviate a backlog of maintenance needs at State Parks.-Authorizes the State Finance Committee to issue bonds....-Anticipates that approximately $500 million in state bonds will be needed for four consecutive biennia to achieve this goal.ESSB 5838 is beneficial for State Parks, and indirectly to the future of the JWPT, but Friends of JWPT objects to Section 3, Paragraph 2 below.
Proceeds from these bonds may not be used for any expenditures to any part of the cross-state trail east of the Columbia river known by the names of the Milwaukie Road corridor, John Wayne trail or iron horse trail, or for the Columbia Plateau trail south of the Turnbull national wildlife refuge where the scablands nature trail and the Columbia Plateau trail meet and north of the Snake river junction trailhead. Proceeds from these bonds may not be used for any expenditures pertaining to any part of trails acquired by the commission after the effective date of this section.
Let your legislator (esp. State Representatives) know that you support this bill but not the above paragraph excluding the trail from funding.Find your legislators on this website: http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/.THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT TO SAVE AND IMPROVE THE TRAIL!
April 2017The JWPT exists today because of the effort of the John Wayne Pioneer Wagons and Riders, an organization that fought for the trail in 1980 when the railroad went bankrupt. Every year this fun group rides across Washington on the JWPT, on horses, mules, bicycles, and wagons.This year they are welcoming riders of all sorts to join them for their 36th annual ride May 18 - June 3, 2017. Equestrians, teamsters, and bicyclists are welcome to sign up for one or more days to join them anywhere along the way.Riders must become a JWPWR member ($30), then it is $25/day, not counting check-in day before the day of the ride. (Check-in is preferably before the daily informational meeting held at 4:45 pm each evening). This is a bargain and a great way to experience the trail with others.
April 21st, at the request of State Parks, FJWPT met with Don Hoch - State Parks Director and his senior staff at their office headquarters. The meeting focused on working with our partners and State Parks to establish processes to support planning and prioritization for improving sections of the JWPT east of the Columbia River... with and without State project funding. (FJWPT board members, left to right: Fred Wert, Marilyn Hedges, Robert Yates and Mark Borleske).
New letters of support
- Adams County recently signed a resolution of support for the JWPT. Thank you Adams County Board of Commissioners for supporting the JWPT.
- Support from Idaho: The Latah County Board of Commissioners recognized the value of trail networks in ID and WA in another letter of support for the JWPT.
- Mayor of Rosalia, a small town on the eastern JWPT in the Palouse, wrote an eloquent letter of support to State Legislators.
Bicycle tourists on the JWPT stop to check out Rosalia's historic Texaco station.
Get on board! Your support will help us in our work to close trail gaps, repair trestles, improve surface conditions, and support projects benefitting trail users, adjacent landowners, and communities along the way! Donations are tax-free and help save and improve the trail.
Are you on Instagram? We just launched the Friends of the JWPT account! We would really appreciate a follow. Also, be sure to tag your photos of the trail with #johnwaynepioneertrail. We'll be featuring some of the best (with credit of course) throughout the year
There will be a temporary tunnel closure of Thorp tunnel #47 until April 30, 2016. See Map.The Yakima Training Center will be closed June 1-July 2, 2017, and August 1-15, 2017, for training operations.