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13 Hikes
Palouse to Cascades Trail - South Cle Elum Trailhead

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

 
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Area Closure: Effective July 23 2021 this area and all lands in Eastern Washington managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources are temporarily closed to the public to prevent the risks associated with wildfires. This area will reopen once it is safe to do so. Please respect this closure.
A section of the longer Palouse to Cascades Trail.
 
 
Palouse to Cascades Trail - The Tunnel

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
5.3 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 1100.0 ft.
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3.71
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Washington State has a plethora of amazingly beautiful trails for the avid hiker to tread, but how many take you through an old train tunnel more than two miles long? The Snoqualmie Tunnel is part of the 110-mile Palouse to Cascades Trail (formerly the John Wayne Trail). This section is in Iron Horse State Park and is a must do for everyone! Views for most of your trip will be determined by the power of your headlamp, but there will be some sights on the other side. The attraction of this hike is the mysterious, dramatic tunnel itself. However, note that the tunnel is closed November 1st through May 1st, so plan your trip accordingly.
 
 
Palouse to Cascades Trail - Crab Creek

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
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Formerly known as the John Wayne Trail, this is a rail trail whose route crosses Washington, offering a nice short walk from a myriad of trailheads, or a fun, multi-day bikepacking adventure.
 
 
Palouse to Cascades Trail - Revere

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

 
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Formerly known as the John Wayne Trail, this is a rail trail whose route crosses Washington, offering a nice short walk from a myriad of trailheads, or a fun, multi-day bikepacking adventure.
 
 
 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 480 ft.
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The hike from the Cedar Falls trailhead to the junction with the Change Creek route is one through history. You will walk along a decommissioned railroad passing by the remnants of the line. Starting at the Cedar Falls trailhead, begin your hike just past the outhouse, crossing a paved road, and picking up the gravel path.
 
 
Palouse to Cascades Trail - Thorp Trailhead

Snoqualmie Region -- Cle Elum Area

 
22.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 160 ft.
Highest Point: 1820.0 ft.
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3.00
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With Mount Stuart peeking over the ridge, take a walk, or ride, through agricultural Kittitas County with its irrigated farming & ranching. Two railroad tunnels and an abandoned farm display some history of the region.
 
 
Palouse to Cascades Trail - Tekoa Trailhead

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 470 ft.
Highest Point: 2600.0 ft.
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4.00
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The trailhead for this section of the Palouse to Cascades Trail is found just south of Spokane and west of Tekoa.
 
 
Palouse to Cascades Trail - Army West

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
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3.80
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Formerly known as the John Wayne Trail, this is a rail trail whose route crosses Washington, offering a nice short walk from a myriad of trailheads, or a fun, multi-day bikepacking adventure.
 
 
 
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Formerly known as the John Wayne Trail, this is a rail trail whose route crosses Washington, offering a nice short walk from a myriad of trailheads, or a fun, multi-day bikepacking adventure.
 
 
Palouse to Cascades Trail - Lake Keechelus

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 2500.0 ft.
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3.25
(4 votes)
For a nice location in the Central Cascades, try the Iron Horse-John Wayne Trail along the western shore of Lake Keechelus. This is a treat for new snowshoers, especially if it has been recently groomed. Because of its easy accessibility, it can often get crowded on nicer days.
 
 
Palouse to Cascades Trail - Easton

Snoqualmie Region -- Cle Elum Area

 
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A segment of the cross-state Palouse to Cascades Trail
 
 
Palouse to Cascades Trail - Rattlesnake Lake

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 1100.0 ft.
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2.91
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The Palouse to Cascades Trail in Iron Horse State Park provides access to notable North Bend hikes, views of mountains and waterfalls, and a journey back into Washington’s history. Take in the wildlife and cross soaring bridges as you make a level traverse from Rattlesnake Lake to Change and Hall Creeks 5.5 miles to the east.
 
 
Palouse to Cascades Trail - Army East

Central Washington -- Yakima

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1500.0 ft.
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2.50
(4 votes)