Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail MAPs and Information

Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail MAPS and information

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The Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail
(previously known as the John Wayne Pioneer Trail/Iron Horse State Park) is a rail trail and linear Washington State Park following the historic route of the Milwaukee Road across Washington State. From the wheat fields of eastern Washington's Palouse region to the evergreen forests of the Cascade Mountains, this 285 mile long recreational trail showcases Washington's diverse landscape. This website was developed in response to a need for updated maps and INFORMATION for trail users and is not affiliated with Washington State Parks.
GPS ROUTE MAPS with waypoints and information
Detours shown are recommendations only; other options may be possible. Detours may change with trail and bridge conditions. All efforts are made to keep these maps updated with current conditions. *Note - The Beverly Bridge crossing the Columbia River is CLOSED. Nonmotorized use of the nearest bridge, on I-90, is dangerous. A motorized shuttle is recommended.

For other RideWithGPS MAPS of the Palouse to Cascades Trail to reference to waypoints and surface conditions, click here: Palouse to Cascades Trail Maps
PRINTABLE MAPS
WEST of the Columbia River
EAST of the Columbia River

Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail -
East of the Columbia River
(Beverly to the Idaho border)



Detail on the 7 mile Lower Crab Creek detour east of Beverly: Going west to east, leave the trail 4 miles east of Beverly to Lower Crab Crk Rd. Return to the trail directly east of H Street west of Smyrna (This is the detour signed by State Parks). However,  we advise continuing on Lower Crab Creek Rd to Smyrna rather than use the trail because of the many goat head thorns (puncture vine) on the trail just west of Smyrna.





2021

October. Work on the Beverly Bridge continues, with hopes that a soft opening will be possible later in 2021. Railings need to be installed and the bridge is currently unsafe to cross and closed to the public. A Grand Opening is tentatively planned for sometime in 2022.


Photo taken 9/16/2021

September. Work begins on the spectcular Tekoa Trestle. This will close another trail gap at the eastern end of the PTCT, near the Idaho border.


Tekoa Trestle. Photo by Fred J. Wagner III
 
August. Work on the Beverly Bridge project was interrupted on August 3, when a construction worker on the project suffered a fatal fall. In light of this, as well as fire and smoke warnings over the summer and varying COVID Delta conditions, the Beverly Bridge Grand Opening Event scheduled for September 13 has been postponed. (Read more about the Beverly Bridge here).


May 24. The Renslow Bridge is now open for nonmotorized use.  Spanning I-90 east of Kittitas, this closes the last large trail gap west of the Columbia River.




2020

October 5-7. New kiosks and historic station signs were installed at Lind, Ralston, and Revere in eastern WA, by the John Wayne Pioneer Wagons and Riders, the Cascade Rail Foundation and the Palouse to Cascades Trail Coalition.

September 7. A rapid moving wildfire devastated the trail towns of Malden and Pine City in eastern Washington, destroying trestles on the trail, and closing the trail between Malden and Pine City. (See detour required).


2019

July 18. The Washington State Parks Commission approved leasing management of the Beverly Bridge and about 40 miles of the PTCT from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The lease allows Washington State Parks to take over management of the entire trail.

June 3-6. The Grant County 243 Command Fire engulfed approximately 20,000 acres along Lower Crab Creek, crossed the PTCT, and destroyed a historic wooden trestle crossing the creek. (See maps for detour).


Historic wooden trestle over Lower Crab Creek
destroyed by fire.

May 8. Cle Elum: The national Rails-toTrails Conservancy celebrated the "Big Reveal" of their preferred route for
the
Great American Rail-Trail, which will include the Palouse to Cascades Trail and connect nearly 4,000 miles of rail-trails and other multiuse trails across 12 states and Washington, D.C.


Representatives from Rails-to-Trails Conservancy at the Big Reveal on the Palouse to Cascades Trail at S. Cle Elum.

April 28. PTCT and Beverly Bridge receive funding in the Washington State 2019-2021 Capital Budget. On Sunday 4/28/19 the Washington State Legislature passed the Capital Budget for 2019-2021, which included funding for tree projects on the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail - the Beverly Bridge, Malden to Rosalia trail development, and the Tekoa Trestle.

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