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.
Occtober 2017October 16. State Parks starts efforts to drain the "Swamp", the infamous wet area in a railroad cut paralleling Lone Pine Road, a few miles west of Tekoa. Efforts may include heavy equipment to replace a damaged culvert and cleanout drainage ditches on both sides of the roadbed.Photo by Mark Borleske2017October 11. Kiosk in Malden. John Wayne Pioneer Wagons and Riders, with a little help from Friends of JWPT, installed a new informational kiosk in Malden (eastern WA).September 28. FJWPT Board Members Robert Yates and Fred Wert gave a slide show presentation at the WA State Parks and Recreation Commission meeting in Spokane, where we highlighted our vision for the future of the trail and our current projects.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 BridgeThe 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.
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.
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.