The John Wayne Pioneer Trail (JWPT), of which Iron Horse State Park is one part, needs the support of anyone who might enjoy riding it on a bike, or other non-motorized use. In case you haven’t heard, it’s a rails-to-trails project that runs more than 200 miles from North Bend to Tekoa, Washington, a mile from the Idaho border. Seattle to North Bend isn’t formally part of the JWPT but there are good bike routes (plural) to the trailhead, with bike connections from the King Street Amtrak station. The JWPT itself includes crossing the Cascades, the 2.3 mile Snoqualmie Tunnel, upper Yakima River, arid shrub-steppe hills, Columbia River, Channeled Scablands, and the Palouse Hills. The western part of the JWPT is already in use but parts of it are still in primitive condition. There has been an attempt to give part of the eastern right-of-way over to local land owners, which would stop public access. Positive, friendly words explaining how bike tourists bring money to rural communities, and how we are respectful users and neighbors, will go a long way to bolstering support to retain the trail. Out-of-state writers are great; they show the scope of interest and potential tourism customers.
Tom Fucoloro has more information, including public meeting dates and locations as well as some of the back-story, in this post:
Ellensburg is the closest hearing location to Portland. Those of us who can’t make a meeting, please consider sending your words of support to firstname.lastname@example.org.
History and photos by a horse-drawn wagon association here:
The eastern Washington portion of the John Wayne Trail is an incredible asset. This continuous strip of right of way, the old Milwaukie Railroad corridor, not only crosses the State of Washington, it connect to the Trail of the Coeur d’Alene across the Idaho Panhandle reaching part way into Montana.
It would be a huge loss to future generation to break up this trail route into pieces, giving it away for free to land grabbing adjoining property owners turn it into private Shangri La. An incredible public asset, just given away for the asking. One of the bigger issues, problems, literally is noxious weed control.
BUT, it is not just respectful bicyclists, but all trail users, horse riders, hikers, cross country skiers, outdoor enthusiasts, that would lose the right to travel on this historic corridor forever.
PLease take a few moments to comment….. Thx
Thanks to supporters of many interests the Palouse to Cascade Trail (PTCT) is a reality. I posted an update and status report here: https://forums.bikeportland.org/t/palouse-to-cascade-trail/1065 .