The Friends of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail is an all volunteer, non-profit, organization devoted to promoting, maintaining and developing the John Wayne Pioneer Trail. The JWPT is the longest rail-trail conversion in the United States, following the former Milwaukee Road railway right of way for an estimated 285 miles across the state of Washington, from the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains to the Idaho border.The corridor was purchased by the state of Washington in 1980 after the railroad filed for bankruptcy, and now serves as a National Recreational Trail, 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.In 2006, the John Wayne Pioneer Trail from the Cascade Mountains to the Columbia River was developed asIron Horse State Park. East of the Columbia River, the JWPT has been largely undeveloped. This section of the trail was almost lost in 2015. Your support is needed to continue development of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail as one of Washington's recreational treasures.
Your tax-free donations help fund projects benefitting trail users, adjacent landowners, and communities that serve the trail along the way. Projects we support include noxious weed control, trestle and tunnel restoration, surface grading, trailhead and campsite improvements, and fencing and gate maintenance.
Guest panel members John Floberg (WA State Parks Foundation Executive Director), Barb Chamberlain (Chief Strategic Officer for WA Bikes/Cascade Bicycle Club) and Jon Snyder (WA Outdoor Recreation and Economic Development Policy Advisor) answered Board Member questions re: policital strategy to help us advocate for funding the Trail in the 2017 legislative session.
Willie Weir is an adventure cyclist, author, and popular speaker who bicycled the JWPT in May with his wife Kat and their rescue dog Tiva. If you love bikes or dogs, travel or trails, or just a good story, don't miss this! Please share. We'd like to pack the house. (Read Willie's article in Adventure Cycling. "Amazing Encounters on a Lonely Trail.)