ABOUT US - Palouse to Cascades Trail Coalition

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The mission of the Palouse to Cascades Coalition is to promote development and use of the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail, including any connecting trails that benefit this trail.
Specifically we work through grass roots support, legislative action, fund raising, and volunteer efforts to complete, maintain, and improve the Palouse to Cascades Trail

The Palouse to Cascades Trail Coalition (previously the Friends of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail Organization) was formed in January, 2016 with the goal of representing a broad statewide and national interest in the trail. We are a nonprofit, all volunteer 501(c)3 organization registered as a tax exempt charitable organization with the IRS. The PTCT Coalition is a member of Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition. Board meetings are held online the first Thursday of every odd month.

Our board members all have extensive experience riding the PTCT and are dedicated to the improvement and development of the trail. We are always looking for others interested in joining our team as well. Board positions are up for election every two years, but new members may be nominated and elected by the Board at any time. Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering or joining our team.

Our team:

Chairman - Robert Yates
Vice Chair - Jim O'Hare
Treasurer - Fred Wert
Secretary - Marilyn Hedges,
Nominating Committee, Website

Board Members:
Mark Borleske - Trail Users Committee, Rail Historian
Nan Konishi - Palouse area
Tom Short - Trail improvements

Advisory Positions
Jessica Williams - Social Media
Sally Garratt
Joan Burlingame
Morgane Plager Roth
Seth Mills

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These organizations support the mission of the Palouse to Cascades Trail Coalition and have agreed to work cooperatively towards that mission.

John Wayne Pioneer Wagons and Riders

Cascade Rail Foundation

Cascade Bicycle Club and Washington Bikes

Back Country Horsemen of Washington

Palouse Regional Transportation Planning Organization

Rail Trail Planning Services


Robert Yates and Marilyn Hedges at the State Capitol
advocating for trail funding

In 2018 Robert Yates (center) helped a group of urban youth in the Wheellab program experience the PTCT for the first time.

Marilyn Hedges has been bicyclilng the trail since 2003, and uses this experience in administering the website and social media.

Fred Wert is the author or "Washington's Rail Trails" and has an extensive background in advocacy for Washington trails. He first rode the entire PTCT in 1998.

Mark Borleske, our rail historian knows the Milwaukee Road history of the trail mile by mile. His nomination of the Beverly Bridge as one of Washington's Most Endangered Structures was accepted by the WA Trust for Historic Preservation in 2017.

Jim O'Hare is active in advocating for the trail in eastern WA and the
connection of the PTCT to the Milwaukee Corridor through Idaho.

Tom Short loads lumber into his pickup to build informational kiosks for the trail in eastern WA. Tom has ridden the trail for many years with the John Wayne Pioneer Wagons and Riders and organized numerous trail improvement projects.

Nan Konishi is a business owner and past Mayor of Rosalia, with an interest in promoting the trail to benefit the small towns in the Palouse.
Palouse to Cascades Trail Coalition
P.O. Box 3011, Winthrop WA 98862
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