Category: Bike trails
Eastern Washington Republican legislators once again are throwing a monkey wrench into the state park’s department plans to improve the eastern half of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail between the Columbia River and Idaho border.
The rail-trail stretches from North Bend to the Idaho border, and at 285 miles is one of the longest in the nation.
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2017/03/30/its-now-time-to-save-the-john-wayne-pioneer-trail-in-washington-state/
Trail lovers are mourning the death earlier this month of David Burwell, co-founder of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.
He succumbed to complications of acute myeloid leukemia on Feb. 1, 31 years to the day that he and co-founder Peter Harnik launched the nonprofit. He was 69.
Burwell and Harnik brought their idea of turning abandoned railroads into trails at …
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2017/02/16/rails-to-trails-conservancy-co-founder/
A simple name change for a 47.5-mile trail in Missouri means the Katy Trail is now the longest rail-trail in the US. Washington’s John Wayne Pioneer Trail, which had been No. 1 for several years, dropped to second place.
The identity change happened last Saturday as Missouri Gov. Ray Nixon dedicated a new trail running east …
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2016/12/17/missouris-katy-trail-becomes-nations-longest-washingtons-john-wayne-pioneer-trail-falls-to-no-2/
If you’re planning to ride a bicycle tour the length of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail this summer, you better wrap it up before Aug. 22.
That’s when the trail through the Army’s Yakima Training Center will be closed due to construction. The dates are Aug. 22 through Oct. 1.
The rail-trail runs through the training center …
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2016/08/03/john-wayne-pioneer-trail-closed-through-training-base-this-summer/
The Snoqualmie Valley Regional Trail is closing again from July 5 to about Aug. 12 at a work site located between Carnation and Duvall.
Because the trail is located on a narrow stretch of land between the Snoqualmie River and State Route 203, there is no room for a detour.
State Route 203 lacks adequate …
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2016/07/01/snoqualmie-valley-trail-section-closes-green-river-trail-reopens/
Organizers for the first-ever Willapa Hills Trail Fat Tire Ride & Festival coming up June 25 and 26 in Chehalis can breathe a sigh of relief.
For the first time in 9 years, all the old railroad trestles along the 23-mile route between Chehalis and Pe Ell are open and ready for bicycle riding. The last …
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2016/06/13/willapa-hills-trail-fat-tire-ride-festival-celebrates-trail-upgrades/
The 400-foot-long Tokul Creek Trestle on the Snoqualmie Valley Regional Trail has reopened for business.
The timber trestle, spanning a 120-foot-deep canyon since 1911, had been closed since last September when King County decided it was time to close the old railroad trestle for repairs.
Visiting bicyclists will notice that contractors replaced the cement deck panels. …
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2016/06/07/historic-tokul-creek-trestle-reopens-on-snoqualmie-valley-trail/
A short piece of the Green River Trail in Kent will be closed for 4 to 5 weeks beginning Monday. Same reason as last year — continued work on the river levee.
Meanwhile, a short portion of the East Lake Sammamish Trail will be closed for 1 or 2 days to allow crews to get …
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2016/06/04/trail-closures-on-green-river-trail-in-kent-east-lake-sammamish-trail/
For the first time since a dark and stormy night in 2007, bicyclists in Lewis County can ride a reasonably surfaced rail-trail from Chehalis to Pe Ell — a distance of 22 miles.
State parks officials this week essentially opened this stretch of the 56-mile Willapa Hills Trail when they signed off on a trestle …
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2016/06/01/scenic-stretch-of-willapa-hills-trail-in-southern-washington-state-reopens/
Most people who attended the state parks department’s planning meeting in Preston earlier this week for the John Wayne Pioneer Trail couldn’t help but come away with a feeling that things are bound to get better for the eastern section of the cross-state rail-trail.
“We’re winning,” trail advocate Ted Blaszak told me after the meeting on Tuesday. “We’re saving …
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2016/05/14/were-winning-efforts-to-save-the-john-wayne-pioneer-trail/