OLYMPIA – July 26, 2016 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Thursday adopted a resolution and policy supporting the continued development of Washington’s cross-state trail system. The Commission also approved land classifications and long-term boundaries for the Iron Horse State Park Trail between the Columbia River and Malden in Eastern Washington.The resolution, policy and plan were adopted at the Commission’s regular meeting in Clarkston. The actions follow months of public process initiated by State Parks to address such issues as noxious weeds, vegetation management and trespass and fencing concerns expressed by property owners who live and work adjacent to the trail. The plan identifies needed support facilities, including trailheads, bridge and trestle repairs and future camping opportunities.
Iron Horse State Park Trail parallels I-90, running 287 miles along the defunct trestles, rail beds and tunnels of the Old Chicago Milwaukee Saint Paul and Pacific railroads. The trail starts just east of North Bend and runs east to the Idaho border. About 110 miles of trail on the west end have been improved for use by hikers, bicyclists and equestrians. The terrain varies from the evergreen forests and subalpine lakes of the western Cascades, to the shrub steppes and channeled scablands of eastern Washington. The corridor was acquired by the state of Washington in 1981. In 2006, the State Legislature directed State Parks to manage the portion of the trail that lies east of Lind. For more information, visit: http://parks.state.wa.us/521/Iron-Horse
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