Tag: John Wayne Pioneer Trail

US Supreme Court battle threatens rail-trails

See update, March 10, 2014 — “Supreme Court ruling deals uncertain future for rails-to-trails program.” A Wyoming landowner’s challenge to a law that helps establish rail-trails for bicyclists and others on abandoned railroad right-of-ways could add a layer of uncertainty to development of rails to trails in the future. There could be implications in Washington …

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Escaping the Seattle fog: Blue skies at the Hyak trailhead

If you’re like me, then this foggy weather is probably getting you down. I improved my outlook last weekend by taking a relatively short drive to Snoqualmie Pass where I pedaled on the John Wayne Pioneer Trail between Hyak and Easton in the glorious sunshine. With more fog forecast for this coming weekend, it might …

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10 longest rail-trails for bicycling — John Wayne Pioneer Trail in Washington leads the list

The John Wayne Pioneer Trail — stretching for 253 miles across two-thirds of Washington state — now leads the list of longest rail-trail conversions in the U.S. The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy compiles the online list of 14 rail-trails that exceed 100 miles. In the latest update, the John Wayne Pioneer Trail jumped from 4th to 1st …

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All John Wayne Pioneer Trail tunnels reopen

For the first time since 2009 all five tunnels on the John Wayne Pioneer Trail in the Iron Horse State Park are open for bicycling. You just have to leave your name at the entrance to a couple of them. Liability issues, you know. The state closed all five tunnels on the 100-mile stretch of …

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State repairing 2 more tunnels on John Wayne Pioneer rail-trail; 2 others remain closed

Contractors are working to repair two tunnels on the John Wayne Pioneer Trail that have been closed since 2009 when inspectors found falling debris hazards inside of them. The two former railroad tunnels — Numbers 48 and 49 on the old Chicago-Milwaukee-St. Paul-Pacific Railroad, commonly known as the Milwaukee Road — are located east of …

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Scenes of the John Wayne Pioneer rail-trail — then and now

The John Wayne Pioneer rail-trail that rolls through the Iron Horse State Park has to be one of my favorite bicycling destinations. It’s close enough for overnight bicycle camping, but I also get a feeling that I can get-away-from-it-all up here. I’m including it in a book that I’ve been asked to write about the …

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3-day weekend bicycling the John Wayne Pioneer Trail

When my wife texted me last Friday that I should take advantage of the sunny fall weather with a Labor Day weekend bike trip, she didn’t have to repeat the offer.

I got to spend a spectacular weekend up on the John Wayne Pioneer Trail, a rail-trail that starts at Cedar Falls east of Seattle and rolls all the way to the Idaho border.

Of course, I didn’t go the full length. With a late start on my touring bicycle on Saturday, I was lucky to make it to that first campground at Alice Creek. It’s a 50-mile ride from home. …

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Cle Elum to Thorp: Bicycling the Upper Yakima River Canyon on John Wayne Pioneer Trail

As the John Wayne Pioneer Trail leaves the high Cascades and heads southeast from Cle Elum, it enters the Upper Yakima River Canyon.

It was an unexpected scenic treasure on my explorations by bicycle between trail heads in the Iron Horse State Park this fall.

I expected a dusty, exposed route across flat prairie on this segment between Cle Elum and Thorp. Instead, the rail-trail follows the meandering Yakima River as it cuts through ancient volcanic rock on its way to the Columbia River.

My 41-mile bicycling loop started at South Cle Elum …

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Easton to Cle Elum: Bicycling the John Wayne Pioneer Trail where railroading is remembered

Although the John Wayne Pioneer Trail is a rail-trail well-suited for bicycling, the trail head at South Cle Elum is certainly a draw for railroad enthusiasts.

The large rail yard built by the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad in the early 1900s is preserved there, and a few buildings remain intact. Pedaling into town on the rail-trail gave me a slow-motion idea of the scene witnessed by locomotive engineers.

Lately I've been bicycling different sections of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail east of the Snoqualmie Tunnel. While I don't have the opportunity for a nice through-trip …

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Hyak to Easton: Bicycling the high & dry side of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail


Most of us bicycling on the rail-trail through Iron Horse State Park in Washington limit ourselves to the 20-some miles between Cedar Falls and the 2.3-mile Snoqualmie Tunnel at Hyak.

The John Wayne Pioneer Trail doesn't stop at Hyak, however. It continues eastward through Washington to the Idaho border.

Recently I rode the 20-mile section from Hyak to beyond Easton to learn more about the trail east of the Snoqualmie Tunnel.

This is the high and dry side of the Cascades. …

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