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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.


January 18. 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 JWPT. 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 JWPT. The project will include decking and railings so that non-motorized trail users can cross this spectacular trestle.

Funding will be through Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP). The Friends of the JWPT pledged $1000 toward the Renslow Trestle to elevate this project in the WWRP project standing. Unfortunately, two other WWRP projects for the trail, the Tekoa Trestle and development of the trail from Rosalia to Malden in eastern WA, were struck from consideration by the legislature last year. We are hopeful they will receive funding in the next budget.


November. You can now get the free PERMITS required by State Parks for the eastern Washington sections of the trail online. (Learn more about PERMITS here).

November 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.

Before and after draining the swamp.

October 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).

May 2017. The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation 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. Learn more here...

Beverly Bridge

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

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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