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The Palouse to Cascades Trail Coalition (formerly the Friends of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail) is an all volunteer, non-profit 501c3 organization devoted to promoting, maintaining and developing the Palouse to Cascades Trail (PTCT), one of Washington's recreational treasures.

The Palouse to Cascades Trail (previously the Iron Horse/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.


October 6. Railroad History Presentation and History Hike in Rosalia.

1:00 pm: Railroad History Presentation by Bruce Butler. Mr. Butler's photographic presentation will feature the Northern Pacific Railway’s route through the Palouse area, the P&L line through Rosalia to Pullman and Lewiston, Idaho. Following this, Mark Borleske will give a short presentation with before and after photos of the former Milwaukee Road and current Palouse to Cascades Trail in Whitman County, including Tekoa, Rosalia and Malden. Rosalia Community Center (located just off Whitman, next to grocery),106 W. 7th, Rosalia WA 99170.

2:30 pm: History Hike on Rosalia Bridges. Hike one mile round trip on the Palouse to Cascades Trail out to the historic and iconic Rosalia Concrete Arch Bridges to the site of a former railroad tunnel. The hike will include a guided tour of the route, accompanied by historic photographs of the railroad over the years. Sturdy shoes are strongly recommended. Crossing of Pine City-Malden Road and Palouse to Cascades Trail, 202 Pine City Malden Road, Rosalia. Park along driveway, just west of the trail.
This event is presented in cooperation with:
Whitman County Library System (Rosalia Branch)
Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission
Cascade Rail Foundation
For more information; contact

September 28 - October 2 . John Wayne Pioneer Wagons and Riders Fall Ride. Join the original and only JWPWR for a Fall Ride on the Palouse to Cascades Trail! Travel west from Thorp (just west of Ellensburg), through the Snoqualmie Tunnel, to Rattlesnake Lake. Bicyclists and hikers welcome. Participants limited to 50. Contact Olympia at for more info. (See registration form).

August. The Rails to Trails Conservancy features the Beverly Bridge in their magazine's Green Issue! Our Board Members were interviewed for this well done video.

June 11. We have changed our name! - The Friends of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail Organization is now the Palouse to Cascades Trail Coalition. We will be continuing our efforts as always on behalf of the same trail under a new name.

June 3. The John Wayne Pioneer Wagons and Riders completed their 37th Annual Ride Across Washington with a celebration in Tekoa, and White Scarf awards for those who rode the entire distance on the trail. This year a couple of our board members helped sponsor 5 kids from Wheellab who rode their bikes from Cle Elum to Ellensburg.

May 17. It's official! The Washington State Parks and Recreaction Commission voted today to change the name of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail to the PALOUSE TO CASCADES STATE PARK TRAIL, giving the trail a name with a unique and descriptive identity. See announcement.

February 3. Malden Kiosk. In a cooperative effort with the John Wayne Pioneer Wagons and Riders, who built an informational kiosk at Malden last fall, the PTCT Coalition supplied the map and trail information to fill the kiosk. We will be continuing this partnership to put more kiosks on the undeveloped eastern PTCT to provide information for trail users.

January 18. The Renslow Trestle receives funding! The Washington State Legislature finally passed the capital budget for the 2017-2019 biennium. In it is funding for State Parks to develop the Renslow Trestle on the PTCT. This historic, 700 ft long trestle, east of Kittitas, spans I-90, and represents the last significant trail gap west of the Columbia River. More than 2 million cars and trucks pass under this trestle each year, making it one of the most visible portions of the PTCT. The project will include decking and railings so that non-motorized trail users can cross this spectacular trestle. (See article)

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 required for use of the trail east of the Columbia River. These are FREE.

Trail Conditions

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.
Palouse to Cascades Trail Coalition
P.O. Box 3011, Winthrop WA 98862
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