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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.


May 17. Start of The Annual Ride Across Washington on the JWPT with the John Wayne Pioneer Wagons and Riders. See their itinerary here and consider joining! Visit their website for more info.

April 2. TEMPORARY TRAIL CLOSURE! The WA State Dept. of Natural Resources, who owns and manages the Milwaukee Road Corridor (JWPT) from the Beverly Bridge to 2 miles east of Smyrna, and between Warden and Lind, has suspended issuing permits for the Milwaukee Road Corridor in order to perform trail maintenance. The trail will reopen April 30, and permits will again be issued. Valid permits already obtained before this went into effect will be honored.

For further updates on the trail, please visit or send email to DNR at

Section of trail through Lower Crab Creek, managed by DNR.

March 22. Changing the name of the Trail:  WA State Parks is looking for public comment on their proposal to change the name of the Iron Horse Trail State Park/John Wayne Pioneer Trail. Learn more here...

February 3. Malden Kiosk. In a cooperative effort with the John Wayne Pioneer Wagons and Riders, who built a beautiful informational kiosk at Malden last fall, the FJWPT supplied the map and trail information to fill the kiosk. We will be continuing this partnership to put more kiosks on the undeveloped eastern JWPT to provide information for trail users.

FJWPT Board Member Marilyn Hedges at finished kiosk

January 18. The Renslow Trestle receives funding! The Washington State Legislature finally passed the capital budget for the 2017-2019 biennium. In it is funding for State Parks to develop the Renslow Trestle on the JWPT. This historic, 700 ft long trestle, east of Kittitas, spans I-90, and represents the last significant trail gap west of the Columbia River. More than 2 million cars and trucks pass under this trestle each year, making it one of the most visible portions of the JWPT. The project will include decking and railings so that non-motorized trail users can cross this spectacular trestle. (See article)


May 2017. The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation announced the recipients of their 2017 “Most Endangered Places, and the Beverly Bridge, nominated by the Friends of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail, was one of six historic structures to receive this designation.

Beverly Bridge

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 required for use of the trail east of the Columbia River. These are FREE.

Are you on Instagram? We just launched the Friends of the JWPT account! We would re
ally appreciate a follow. Also, be sure to tag your photos of the trail with #johnwaynepioneertrail. We'll be featuring some o
f the best (with credit of course) throughout the year

Trail Conditions

Bicyclists, be prepared for goathead thorns (AKA "puncture vine") which can cause flats! There are at least 3 problem areas east of the Columbia River (see map), primarily where the trail crosses the public road at Smyrna, heading east from Warden, and at Ralston.

Bypassing these areas by detouring on the adjacent roads and using sealant in your bike's inner tubes can help prevent multiple flats.

Friends of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail Organization, P.O. Box 3011, Winthrop WA 98862
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