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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.


June 2017
The 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:


June 2017

June 3. The John Wayne Pioneer Wagons and Riders completed their 36th Cross Washington Ride on the JWPT with a record number of participants this year.

May 20. Great News for the Beverly Bridge!
The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation has 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
The Beverly Bridge, the old Milwaukee Road trestle spanning the Columbia River south of Vantage, was completed in 1909, and played an important role in the history of Washington State. Now, closed to use, it represents a significant gap in the John Wayne Pioneer Trail (JWPT) with no safe alternative route for non-motorized travel across the Columbia River.
The designation of “Most Endangered” brings recognition to important historical structures and attracts funding and grants for preservation. Renovation of this trestle will unite east and west sections of the JWPT, allowing non-motorized transportation across the Columbia River where there is none for a distance of over 100 miles. This is an important step forward toward renovation of the bridge.
We wish to offer special thanks to those who worked on the application for this designation, in particular, our rail historian, Board Member Mark Borleske, who wrote an excellent history of the bridge, and to those who contributed editing and photography showcasing the bridge’s  architecture and beauty.

And there's more good news for the Beverly Bridge: Learn more...

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 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

May 18, 2017. All tunnels west of the Columbia River on the Iron Horse/JWPT are now open for the season. (There is a permanent detour around the Boylston Tunnel in the Yakima Army Training Center).

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.

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