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.
2019January. The Washington State legislative session starts January 14 and funding for PTCT projects are proposed in the 2019-2021 State budget. Although the budget has yet to be approved by the new State legislature in 2019, these projects have been included in the budget proposal:2) Two highly ranked WWRP/RCO grant proposals for State Parks:
4th ranked - Malden to Rosalia trail development6th ranked - Tekoa Trestle renovation and trailhead developmentTo support funding for the WWRP/RCO grant program, which is funded through appropriation to the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition by the legislature, sign this letter of SUPPORT!
3) We have created a one-page handout to be passed out to legislators and leaders as a briefing on this project. Print yours HERE and handout.
November 1. Snoqualmie Tunnel seasonal closure. The 2.3 mile long Snoqualmie Tunnel, under Snoqualmie Pass, is closed for the season. It will reopen in May, with the date depending on snow conditions. The number to call for tunnel information is (509) 656-2230.October trail improvements. State Parks staff worked to clean out rock fall in the Squaw Canyon area, about 4 miles east of Malden. They also graded about 3.5 miles between Malden and Rosalia in a successful test to see if grading significantly improved the surface by removal of large, coarse ballast. We hope to see this work continue at other locations along the trail in 2019.
October 8. We welcome Tom Short and Nan Konishi to the Board of the Palouse to Cascades Trail Coalition! (See About Us)
September. Engineers contracted by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation conducted a structural analysis of the Beverly Bridge as a prerequisite for renovation.
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.
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.