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Coal Mines Trail

4.7 mi
State: WA
Gravel

Cowiche Canyon Trail

3 mi
State: WA
Dirt, Gravel

John Wayne Pioneer Trail

223.8 mi
State: WA
Ballast, Crushed Stone, Sand

Lower Yakima Valley Pathway

14 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Yakima Greenway

10 mi
State: WA
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Coal Mines Trail is built on an old railroad spur of the Northern Pacific Railway that once served several mines. Look for interpretive signs along the way that identify historical sites. The trail ...
WA 4.7 mi Gravel
The well-maintained Cowiche Canyon Trail crosses nine bridges over Cowiche Creek on a mostly flat pathway flanked by walls of Columbia River Basalt and other rock forms. The trail is managed by the Cowiche ...
WA 3 mi Dirt, Gravel
Spanning just shy of 224 miles, the John Wayne Pioneer Trail is one of the longest rail-trail conversions in the United States. The trail passes through remote and sparsely populated areas of Washington ...
WA 223.8 mi Ballast, Crushed Stone, Sand
The Lower Yakima Valley Pathway offers trail users the opportunity to experience great wines (produced from grapes grown in the area's rich volcanic-ash soil), interesting shops, and local hospitality ...
WA 14 mi Asphalt
The Yakima Greenway is a gem of a trail, connecting residents with the outdoors by providing access to the Yakima River, lakes, parks, nature trails, protected conservation areas and the Yakima Area Arboretum. ...
WA 10 mi Asphalt
The Yakima Greenway's Naches to Yakima segment is a work in progress, currently extending between the railroad depot in Naches and heading southeast toward Yakima, ending 3.5 miles later at Low Road. The ...
WA 3.5 mi

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Coal Mines Trail

WA - 4.7 miles

The Coal Mines Trail is built on an old railroad spur of the Northern Pacific Railway that once served several mines. Look for interpretive signs along the way that identify historical sites. The trail ...

Lower Yakima Valley Pathway

WA - 14 miles

The Lower Yakima Valley Pathway offers trail users the opportunity to experience great wines (produced from grapes grown in the area's rich volcanic-ash soil), interesting shops, and local hospitality ...

Yakima Greenway

WA - 10 miles

The Yakima Greenway is a gem of a trail, connecting residents with the outdoors by providing access to the Yakima River, lakes, parks, nature trails, protected conservation areas and the Yakima Area Arboretum. ...

Coal Mines Trail

WA - 4.7 miles

The Coal Mines Trail is built on an old railroad spur of the Northern Pacific Railway that once served several mines. Look for interpretive signs along the way that identify historical sites. The trail ...

Cowiche Canyon Trail

WA - 3 miles

The well-maintained Cowiche Canyon Trail crosses nine bridges over Cowiche Creek on a mostly flat pathway flanked by walls of Columbia River Basalt and other rock forms. The trail is managed by the Cowiche ...

John Wayne Pioneer Trail

WA - 223.8 miles

Spanning just shy of 224 miles, the John Wayne Pioneer Trail is one of the longest rail-trail conversions in the United States. The trail passes through remote and sparsely populated areas of Washington ...

Lower Yakima Valley Pathway

WA - 14 miles

The Lower Yakima Valley Pathway offers trail users the opportunity to experience great wines (produced from grapes grown in the area's rich volcanic-ash soil), interesting shops, and local hospitality ...

Accordion

Lower Yakima Valley Pathway

WA - 14 miles

The Lower Yakima Valley Pathway offers trail users the opportunity to experience great wines (produced from grapes grown in the area's rich volcanic-ash soil), interesting shops, and local hospitality ...

Yakima Greenway

WA - 10 miles

The Yakima Greenway is a gem of a trail, connecting residents with the outdoors by providing access to the Yakima River, lakes, parks, nature trails, protected conservation areas and the Yakima Area Arboretum. ...

Coal Mines Trail

WA - 4.7 miles

The Coal Mines Trail is built on an old railroad spur of the Northern Pacific Railway that once served several mines. Look for interpretive signs along the way that identify historical sites. The trail ...

Cowiche Canyon Trail

WA - 3 miles

The well-maintained Cowiche Canyon Trail crosses nine bridges over Cowiche Creek on a mostly flat pathway flanked by walls of Columbia River Basalt and other rock forms. The trail is managed by the Cowiche ...

John Wayne Pioneer Trail

WA - 223.8 miles

Spanning just shy of 224 miles, the John Wayne Pioneer Trail is one of the longest rail-trail conversions in the United States. The trail passes through remote and sparsely populated areas of Washington ...

Lower Yakima Valley Pathway

WA - 14 miles

The Lower Yakima Valley Pathway offers trail users the opportunity to experience great wines (produced from grapes grown in the area's rich volcanic-ash soil), interesting shops, and local hospitality ...

Accordion

Yakima Greenway

WA - 10 miles

The Yakima Greenway is a gem of a trail, connecting residents with the outdoors by providing access to the Yakima River, lakes, parks, nature trails, protected conservation areas and the Yakima Area Arboretum. ...

Recent Trail Reviews

John Wayne Pioneer Trail

Rugged but great adventure

February, 2017 by johnwaynepioneertrail

We rode the whole trail from the Idaho border to Cedar Falls in 2016. It is not true that "145 miles" of the trail are closed. There are some detours due to missing trestles, a section of live rail, and short sections of private land. There are no plans to close the trail through the Yakima Training Center. The JWPT is a great way to explore Washington's geography and history through areas not seen from a car. We passed through without any disruption or trespass, and with barely any notice, although we did meet some very friendly people along the trail. We only left behind money we spent in small towns along the way, including those on the detours. For more accurate information go to www.johnwaynepioneertrail.org.

John Wayne Pioneer Trail

Not complete

December, 2016 by zhombie.com

There is over 145 miles of this trail that is closed. When trespassing it I is a 400.00 fine. Also you must contact the owners to cross miles of private land that is owned out right. I do know the owners and they are tried of all the trespassing. So they closed their land. Also waiting for the army to close more near the range on base.

Yakima Greenway (Naches to Yakima)

Great Shortcut

October, 2016 by bkunze1

The Naches segment of the Greenway Trail provides a third option to the popular Naches Loop bike ride. The Naches Loop utilizes Old Naches Highway and South Naches Road through orchards and farmland and along the Naches River for about 25 miles. Picking up the Greenway Trail either in Naches or at Suntides offers a direct route to either end of the Loop that is straight and flat, sloping downhill from Naches to Suntides and shortening the Loop by several miles. Soon the Greenway will be completed from 40th Ave. to Suntides making the Greenway a 20 mile trail from Naches to Union Gap.

Accordion

John Wayne Pioneer Trail

Beautiful scenery but a jolting ride!

October, 2016 by wreinsel

Did this trail as part of a Bicycle Adventures supported ride with 4 others in August of 2016. The scenery is beautiful but it is a jolting tough ride. Further along it does get better and it did help that we started at the top of the mountain and rode down hill. Uphill would require some serious thigh muscles. There is a tunnel along the trail and it is very cold (50 degrees F) and very dark. We had lights on the front and back of several of our bikes and it was still disorienting. This tunnel and the whole trail is best done in a group with lots of spare tubes!

John Wayne Pioneer Trail

Ellensburg to Seattle, 4 days, fantastic

September, 2016 by bchalk56

Here's a website describing our experience. https://sites.google.com/site/ironhorsetrailride2016/home

John Wayne Pioneer Trail

Rattle Snake Lake to Renslow Sept 15-16, 2016

September, 2016 by 6ftwav

I Rode solo East from Rattlesnake Lake on Sept 15 headed for Cle Elum for the night. When I first entered the trail at Cedar Falls Trail head the first thing that I noticed was this was not the beginning of the line. There was trail behind me at the entry point! This would have to be explored another day. As I headed up the trail towards the Snowqualmie tunnel I observed mostly packed gravel. About every 5 miles there was a pit toilet building and a picnic table nearby. Sometimes a leveled area marked by 4x4s for a tent was included. Later I observed these amenities continued all the way to Ellensburg though the spacing seemed to be less frequent after Cle Elum. The park map would be the best source of these locations. I encountered maybe 12 people between trail head and Snowqualmie tunnel mostly hikers. Since I had traveled the tunnel from Hyak once before I knew to bring a headlamp for the darkness and warm clothes for the cold. Once through the tunnel the climate seemed different, warmer and a bit drier. Trail composition become that of looser gravel so that my hard tailed mountain bike seemed to float around as I moved forward. Some might find this unnerving but I was able to adapt by keeping my speed up. This surface condition continued all the way to Kittitas (when on the trail). I spent the night at a motel in Eastern Cle Elum. I might have stayed further west if I had known that I would have to backtrack to get back on the trail but then I would not have seen the rest of rather interesting town if I had stayed west.

On day 2 entered a beautiful canyon along Yakima river. I encountered two cattle on the trail that seemed to be lost (near turkey gulch). Next I came to the tunnel with the waiver sign but no forms in the form box. A few had written names on the box itself. I assumed that this was no longer important or there would still be forms available, right?. The next tunnel did not ask for a waiver - recently fixed? It appeared to have been worked on. I Only saw a few people on the trail from here to the detour past Kittitas. Cyclists wanting to go further east should know that while there is a detour sign at Prater road, The trail is closed all the way to the other side of the Columbia River (unless your choose to ride the 3 miles to the first closed trestle over I90 and backtrack). One might as well go from here to Vantage on the road in order to get to the next open part of the trail. My ride ended in Vantage. I was driven down to Beverly Junction just to see the trestle and check the trail conditions. What I found was a barbed wire fence between the road and the JWPT. I had read about sand on the trail so wanted to actually set foot on to check the condition. What I found was harder trail here than what I had left (I slipped thru the barbed wire). Had being unused allowed the trail to harden or was the sandy section elsewhere between here and Renslow? Some other lucky person will have to find out the answer to that question! Great ride!

John Wayne Pioneer Trail

Great Trail ride

August, 2016 by kenwlund

My son and I have been on two segments for a total of about 60 miles from Easton toward Seattle. Scenery=A+Difficulty=EasyTrail Condition=3 on a scale from 0 to 5, 5 being new and paved. Trail tires are a big plus here. Lots of loose gravel. The tunnel near lake Kachess is a great experience. great for nature and site seeing or picnicing form hiking/biking. There were a couple of very small and rustic remote camp sires as well. highly recommend this trail. it is flat in general. A bit of a down slope headed east to west. There are no services other than the occasional pit toilet. Very family friendly.

Cowiche Canyon Trail

Yakima hiking for everyone

August, 2016 by jmail13789

clear blue sky day, first saturday of August. saw older couples, father and son, a mountain biker, and couples walking the trail. trail is wide and gentle enough for all ages, however there are narrow places to climb over fallen rock wall. Found an apricot tree at the east trail head. wild , but not bad. ran the return hike. beautiful canyon walls on either side, wish I knew more about the geology and plants.

John Wayne Pioneer Trail

My hometown trail - Jewel of Washington State

April, 2016 by rmsnwbrdr

I have ridden this trail countless times between Rattlesnake Lake and Lake Easton. The Snoqualmie Tunnel (open May-Oct every year, closed in winter) is one of our favorite places to take visiting friends/relatives.

Best route for young/inexperienced riders: when the tunnel is open, have a friend drop you off at the Hyak trailhead and ride down to Rattlesnake Lake (18 miles of downhill riding, 1-2% downhill grade). While you are riding the trail your driver can climb Rattlesnake Ledge (2 miles one-way, ~1800' of climbing) to what is becoming one of the most popular hiking trails in Washington State.

One of these days my son and I will ride across the entire state on this trail- rideacrosswashington.com

John Wayne Pioneer Trail

Two Day bike trip from West end to Cle Elum

September, 2015 by kellydkendall

Started out fairly early (9 am) Saturday, Sept. 26 from the west trail head near Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area. Had the good fortune of clear, crisp autumn weather for the ride east and were treated to gorgeous fall colors on the ascent, with vine maple and other foliage in full array. Traffic along the trail was moderate and condition good.

Some fresh gravel on a 5-6 mile stretch east of the Snoqualmie tunnel made bike handling somewhat dicey, but but gearing down and pedaling at a higher cadence made it tolerable. Lake Keechelus makes a good stopping point for lunch, if you are doing this distance.

Spent the night at the Iron Horse Inn Bed & Breakfats, just a stones throw form the trail in South Cle Elum. Nice place and filled with historical memorabilia from the days when the Milwuakee Railroad ruled the right-of-way.

The Sunday return was made special by a romp of river otters playing in a creek along the trail.

Definitely looking forward to more rides on this great trail.

John Wayne Pioneer Trail

Heat stroke

September, 2015 by mrswillie

On 9-12-15, my 52nd birthday, my husband and I did the Cle Elum to Thorp leg of the Iron Horse-John Wayne trail. Starting in Cle Elum it is just shy of 19 miles. The gravel is really thick and makes it harder to ride. Usually I like to start on the uphill side of the trail but did not on this trip. Big mistake. We rode to Thorp just fine but it was 1:00 by time we got there. Heat of the day. We ate our lunch at the trail head. Nothing there except a pit toilet and a picnic table right dab in the sun. Heading back to Cle Elum was exhausting. The heat got to me so we had to make several stops in the beginning. At one point I sat in the entrance of Tunnel 47 to cool off and we poured water over my head. I really thought we were going to have call 911 but I soldiered on and just peddled slowly. Finally it cooled down a little. Of course, we were riding uphill against the wind. 2+% grade doesn't sound like much until you are riding it for miles. We only passed a few other riders the whole day. We did it, we finished it and felt like we accomplished something in the end. Next leg Thorp to Yakima.

John Wayne Pioneer Trail

john Wayne trail

September, 2015 by biggerdawg

We started at 10am and it wasn't bad the first 5 miles ! The 2% grade wasn't bad but prepare your self cause it's 18+ miles to the top !!! I cramped up a lot ( again if ur a beginner prepare ) but I walked it off and kept going made it to the top rested and then went through a 2.2 mile tunnel it was cool then rode down to Easton WA ended my day at 8:30 pm

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