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.
November 2017November 2. FJWPT Board Members met with Washington Trust for Historic Preservation leaders to initiate the planning process for use of the funds earmarked for restoration of the Beverly Bridge when they become available. (Learn more here).Jennifer Mortensen (WTHP Preservation Services Coordinator), Chris Moore (WTHP Executive Director), FWJPT Chairman Robert Yates, FJWPT Board Member Fred Wert. Not shown, Julianne Paterson (WTHP Development and Events Coordinator)October 16 - November. Draining "The Swamp". State Parks has made improvements to a notoriously wet and almost impassible section of the trail paralleling Lone Pine Road, west of Tekoa (in eastern WA) using graders, gravel, and improved drainage culverts. Funding for this project came from State Parks Operating Budget, which is used for routine maintenance on Park properties. Thanks State Parks!"The Swamp" , Spring 2016"The Swamp", Fall 2017 - work in progressOctober 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).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.
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.