This pathway makes a great non-motorized transportation route between two college towns as well as a great place to take kids for walks, bicycling or in-line skating. It is almost flat, and is wide enough for all users to share and enjoy. It is an unusual public amenity in an area of very hilly land and most valleys plugged with roads.
The trail parallels a four-lane highway the entire distance. While you always hear the highway noise, the trail wanders back in forth in terms of distance from the road providing some relief. It crosses Paradise Creek numerous times providing an opportunity to watch the birds and other wildlife that thrives near the water. There are portable toilets and emergency phones at mileposts 1.5 and 5.0 (measured from Pullman). The trail continues going east through a portion of the University of Idaho campus but does not go into Moscow downtown.
There are plans for both Pullman and Moscow to build loop trails in each city that connect to this trail.
Parking and Trail Access
To get to the east end in Moscow, take SR 270 into Moscow and turn north at Perimeter Road and park in the Palouse Mall shopping center parking lot. Cross back over SR 270 and turn west onto the path. All of the property to the south of SR 270 is part of the University of Idaho and is closed to public parking. To get to the west end, take SR 270 into Pullman and turn south on Bishop Boulevard, the first light going into town from the east. Turn left in about two blocks into a small parking area. The trail begins at Bishop Blvd.
Easy commuter trail along the creek
This trail is perfect for an evening workout or leisurely ride. It is a slight but noticeable downhill from Moscow to Pullman, the two end points of the trail. Also there can be a strong wind from the SW. So keep these two facts in mind when take off. ...
Not much traffic noise
"Although the trail does parallel the 4-lane road, we have to say that with the wind blowing, we barely heard any traffic noise. There is a nice buffer of green space between the trail and road on most of the pathway which was visually appealing along ...
"The Chipman Trail is an amazing 8-mile trail between Pullman, WA, (WSU) and Moscow, ID (UI), through the rolling Palouse. It is pristinely paved with minimal traffic and winds its way along a stream for a short time, past solo trees and a few horses ...