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!May 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) although the final budget is not yet out.Renslow Trestle over I-90 between Kittitas and Vantage
Let your legislator (esp. State Representatives) know that you support the JWPT and to include the trail funding in the next budget.Find your legislators on this website: http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/.THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT TO SAVE AND IMPROVE THE TRAIL!
May 2017May 18. All tunnels west of the Columbia River on the Iron Horse/JWPT are now open!May 18. The John Wayne Pioneer Wagons and Riders headed out on their 36th Cross Washington Ride on the JWPTm starting in Easton. The JWPT exists today because of the effort of this group, an organization that fought for the trail in 1980 when the railroad went bankrupt.This year there are approxately 140 participants (50 newcomers), including equestrians, teamsters, and bicyclists. The ride ends June 3 in Tekoa WA.JWPWRs, getting ready for the Cross Washington trail ride starting in Easton.May 14, 2017 marked the start of the inaugural Cross Washington Mountain Bike challenge (XWA). The route starts on the Pacific Coast at LaPush and ends on the Idaho border. Much of the route uses the JWPT as part of Washington's cross-state trail system. Cyclists can chose to either race or tour at a slower pace.(Cross Washington Mountain Bike Route - Map courtesy of Troy Hopword)Despite a wintery, snowy, and rainy start posing extra challenges over the Olympics and Cascades, the winner, Adam Hale, completed the 700 mile route in an amazing 5 days. This is apt to become an annual event!Adam Hale finishes first at the Idaho border on the JWPT,in the inaugural Cross Washington Mountain Bike race.
May 9. Sometime serendipity gets it right! The winner of our bicycle give-away, Shelly Bowman, is a perfect example, and her involvement in Wheellab and its outreach to at-risk youth is commendable. Consider helping by visiting their website: https://www.wheellab.org/historyFriends thanks Paul Fish and Mountain Gear for their generous donation of the cruiser bike and their support of the JWPT. See Mountain Gear products at: http://www.mountaingear.com/webstore/
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
The Yakima Training Center will be closed June 1-July 2, 2017, and August 1-15, 2017, for training operations.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.