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The John Wayne Pioneer Trail is a 285 mile rail trail spanning the state of Washington, from the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains to the Idaho border. Designated a National Recreational Trail, it is enjoyed by hikers, horse riders, bikers, Boy Scouts, rail historians, scientists, and trail enthusiasts of all sorts. The trail highlights Washington's diverse and scenic landscape, traveling through evergreen forests and dark tunnels, over high trestles and spectacular rivers, and across open farmland and high desert.

The Friends of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail is an all volunteer, non-profit 501c3 organization devoted to promoting, maintaining and developing the John Wayne Pioneer Trail. Your support is needed to continue development of the trail as one of Washington's recreational treasures.


March 2017
The John Wayne Pioneer Trail has had an enormous outpouring of support since it was almost given away by legislative action in 2015. Since then, State Parks has heard our message to "Save and Improve the Trail". The JWPT is one of State Park's top priorities in the 2017-2019 budget. Currently the WA State Legislature is in session to determine how much to appropriate to State Parks, and FEBRUARY is the month when the budget takes shape.

That's why is is so important that the legislature hears FROM YOU NOW in support of Washington State Parks' and Governor Inslee's budget requests to preserve our State Parks and linear trails this session.

This session is crucial to continue the momentum to save Washington's recreational and historical gem and help increase tourist revenue for the many small towns along the trail.

You can email your legislators. (See sample letter). Find your legislators on this website:


The Renslow Trestle, over Interstate 90 between Kittitas and the Columbia River is one of the projects up for funding this budget session.

March 2017

Do you like the John Wayne Pioneer Trail, bikes, adventure, or dogs, or bike adventures with dogs on the JWPT? Then you'll want to attend Willie Weir's heartwarming presentation in Wenatchee if you have not seen it already, or if you want to see it again! Click for more detail.

WIN THIS BIKE! Any Washington State resident who buys a new FJWPT membership fee between January 28 and April 1, 2017 is eligible to WIN this New Belgium 2014 cruiser, collector's bicycle. See details....

We are proud to announce our latest stakeholder and partner, the Rails to Trail Conservancy! The RTC advocates for investments at the federal and state level that support safe trail, walking and bicycling networks for people of every age and ability, and in every community, to create healthier places for healthier people.

There will be a temporary tunnel closure of one of the Thorp tunnels until April 30, 2016. See Info and Map.

Get on board! Your support will help us in our work to close trail gaps, repair trestles, improve surface conditions, and support projects benefitting trail users, adjacent landowners, and communities along the way! Donations are tax-free and help save and improve the trail.



Are you on Instagram? We just launched the Friends of the JWPT account! We would re
ally appreciate a follow. Also, be sure to tag your photos of the trail with #johnwaynepioneertrail. We'll be featuring some o
f the best (with credit of course) throughout the year

Friends of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail Organization, P.O. Box 3011, Winthrop WA 98862
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