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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.  The JWPT is the longest rail-trail conversion in the United States, following the former Milwaukee Road railway right of way for an estimated 285 miles across the state of Washington, from the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains to the Idaho border.

The corridor was purchased by the state of Washington in 1980 after the railroad filed for bankruptcy, and now serves as a National Recreational Trail, 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.

In 2006, the John Wayne Pioneer Trail from the Cascade Mountains to the Columbia River was developed as
Iron Horse State Park. East of the Columbia River, the JWPT has been largely undeveloped. This section of the trail was almost lost in 2015. Your support is needed to continue development of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail as one of Washington's recreational treasures.

Your tax-free donations help fund projects benefitting trail users, adjacent landowners, and communities that serve the trail along the way. Projects we support include noxious weed control, trestle and tunnel restoration, surface grading, trailhead and campsite improvements, and fencing and gate maintenance.
Shown here a bicycle tourist approaches the historic Milwaukee Road trestle near the Palouse town of Rosalia.

    • June 4, 2016. The John Wayne Pioneer Wagons and Riders completed their 35th "Ride Across Washington" on the John Wayne Pioneer Trail, ending in Tekoa with a celebration. As well as the horses, riders, and teamsters, 14 bicyclists joined the group this year. Learn more...

    John Wayne Pioneer Wagons and Riders

    • Summer is here, and more people are riding the trail. Check out trip reports on the LINKs page.

    • September 18 - December 21. Thorp Tunnel #47 Closure.

    • September 21 - 22. Friends of John Wayne Pioneer Trail Organization Board Meeting, South Cle Elum Depot. For more info, contact Robert Yates.

    • October 11 (Seattle), October 12 (Ellensburg), October 13 (Spokane). Presentation by Willie Weir.(Details to be announced).

    Willie Weir is an adventure cyclist, author, and popular speaker who bicycled the JWPT in May with his wife Kat and their rescue dog Tiva. (Read Willie's article in Adventure Cycling. "Amazing Encounters on a Lonely Trail.)

    Willie Weir and Kat Marriner ride the JWPT with their dog, Tiva
    A bicyclist travels south on the John Wayne Pioneer Trail toward the Beverly Bridge (presently closed). Restoration of this historic trestle over the Columbia River would unite east and west sections of the Trail.

    Click above to see the 30 Cities passing resolutions of support for the JWPT


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