Category: Bike trails

Replacement bridges opened on Willapa Hills Trail in southwest WA state

Eight years after a destructive storm washed out two major bridges on southwestern Washington’s Willapa Hills Trail, Lewis County says those two bridges have been replaced and opened this week. [See map below] Discover Lewis County reports: “A major milestone in construction on the Willapa Hills Trail will connect more than a dozen miles of …

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Rails to Trails expands annual “sojourn” bike tours program

The Rails to Trails Conservancy is expanding its once-a-year “sojourn” bicycle tour program to a series of four bicycle tours in 2016. Every year since about 2001, the nonprofit trail-builder has introduced bicyclists to one of its scenic trails on a multi-day bicycle tour in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York among others. …

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Eastern WA towns line up behind John Wayne Pioneer Trail; final meeting tonight

Four Eastern Washington towns have issued proclamations supporting the John Wayne Pioneer Trail, as the third and final public hearing on the fate of the rail-trail takes place in Ellensburg tonight. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Hal Holmes Center, 209 N. Ruby St., Ellensburg. [More details at the Tekoa Trail & …

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Support builds for saving and improving John Wayne Pioneer Trail

About 100 people last week argued the pros and cons of closing about 130 miles of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail east of the Columbia River. That first public meeting in Rosalia will be followed up by two others: Lind — Noon, Monday, Nov. 16th Union Elevator Conference Room (201 S street) Ellensburg — 6 …

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Important meetings for future of John Wayne Pioneer Trail

Would you like to see the eastern section of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail upgraded to fulfill its promise as a top-notch draw for bicycle tourists traveling across the state of Washington? Then you’ll want to attend one of three public comment meetings scheduled this month. If you can’t give your thoughts in person, you …

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Citizens committee will study future of John Wayne Pioneer Trail in eastern Washington

An Eastern Washington state legislator is back pedaling on his scheme to close 130 miles of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail and turn it over to private landowners after a public hearing in Tekoa on Wednesday. Republican Rep. Joe Schmick, at a public meeting with the Tekoa Trail & Trestle Association, agreed to set up …

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Volunteers make improvements to John Wayne Pioneer Trail in eastern WA

The attempt by two eastern Washington state legislators to give away 130 miles of public rail-trail to adjacent private landowners is raising more public awareness to the possibilities for the John Wayne Pioneer Trail. [See “Proposed land grab threatens eastern John Wayne Pioneer Trail“] Now a representative of the John Wayne Pioneer Wagons and Riders …

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“Wording error” saved John Wayne Pioneer Trail from private takeover

This is scary. Apparently, a simple typo was the only thing that prevented two eastern Washington legislators from giving away half the length of the cross-state John Wayne Pioneer Trail to adjacent landowners. [See my post from yesterday: “Proposed land grab threatens eastern John Wayne Pioneer Trail.”] The Associated Press reports that the last-minute provision …

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Proposed “land grab” threatens eastern John Wayne Pioneer Trail

So this is what can happen when one of those treasured abandoned railroad corridors isn’t fully developed into a first-class rail-trail for bicycling, hiking and horseback riding. A couple of state legislators want the state of Washington to abandon a section of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail and give it to adjacent private landowners. [Update: “Wording …

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Controversy delays next paving project on East Lake Sammamish Trail

A dispute over how many mature trees to preserve along a section of the East Lake Sammamish Trail — and other issues — has delayed upgrading a 1.3-mile segment of the rail-trail. The rail-trail runs between Redmond and Issaquah for 11 miles. Originally opened as a narrow, crushed rock pathway along the old railroad right-of-way …

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