Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail Naming

Landscape view of rolling hills and water
View of trestle over gorge with trees

At their May 17, 2018 meeting the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission approved a name change from the Iron Horse State Park Trail / John Wayne Pioneer Trail to the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail.

Why change the name of the trail?

The name of the trail was changed to be consistent with State Parks' policy for naming trails. The agency's naming policy gives preference to trail names that are based on geographic locations, culturally significant events and places, geologic features, or relevant botanic or biological references. 

The names of the other long-distance trails in the state park system are consistent with the policy: the Spokane River Centennial Trail, Columbia Plateau Trail, Klickitat Trail and the Willapa Hills Trail

About the trail

The Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail passes through diverse landscapes as it traverses the state through the densely forested woods of the Cascades and across channeled scablands carved by the Ice Age floods.

The 285-mile trail extends east from North Bend to the Town of Tekoa, on the Washington-Idaho border, running roughly parallel to Interstate 90.

The trail consists of former railroad right-of-way and tunnels from the old Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad.

Learn more about the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail.