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Stories tagged: rail trails


John Wayne rail-trail bike trip delightfully uncrowded

While the Eastern Washington portion of a cross-state rail trail continues to be snubbed for funding by the Washington Legislature, a few folks continue to explore this world-class route in …


Bicyclist, rescue dog find freedom on East Side rail trail

A globe-circling bicyclist says he never considered either riding a rail trail or touring through Eastern Washington – his backyard – until he and his wife rescued a painfully timid …


John Wayne Pioneer Trail plan has support from across the state

The Friends of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail was organized in 2016 shortly after the 2015 Washington Legislature nearly gave the rail trail away to adjacent East Side landowners.


Out & About: Birder tops 753 species for ‘Big Year’ record

An American ex-pat who resides in Australia was in Washington state recently when he pushed his list to 753 and broke the record for the number of bird species tallied …


Over-the-hill biking group has rule: ‘Never pedal uphill’

After receiving the invitation to bicycle with the North Idaho Over-the-Hill Downhillers, I had just one day to train. I went home, checked the brakes on my mountain bike and …


Out & About: More on rail trails… Psycho doe

The S-R’s June 26 feature on regional rail trails stopped short of a full fare. While it mentioned the


Ferry County Rail Trail improvements continue

The Ferry County Rail Trail north of Republic is being improved with smooth surface sections. A 8-foot wide surface of crusher fines was spread and compacted on 2.3 miles of …


John Wayne Trail planning meeting Tuesday in Cheney

John Wayne Pioneer Trail public meetings are planned this week as state officials seek comments on developing the controversial cross-state railroad corridor.


The John Wayne Pioneer Trail on track for a state park strategic plan

The John Wayne Pioneer Trail – the eastern portion of a cross-state abandoned Milwaukee railway purchased by the state in 1981 – is on track for a state park strategic …


John Wayne Trail irreplaceable asset for Eastern Washington, advocates say

Recreationists, landowners work toward compromise on maintaining the John Wayne Trail on an abandoned railway across Eastern Washington.


Trail opportunities will be revealed on ‘Opening Day’

While “hitting the trail” is a year-round activity for hikers, runners and cyclists, Saturday has been dubbed “Opening Day.” Spokane area groups are riding the coattails of a national event …


Route of the Hiawatha set for Saturday opening

The Route of the Hiawatha rail-trail near Lookout Pass is set to open for the 2014 summer season on Saturday. The 15-mile route for mountain biking or hiking follows a …


Route of the Hiawatha a local treat for visitors

When out-of-state friends dropped in for a few days recently – an active couple on their summer vacation – the Route of the Hiawatha immediately came to mind for treating …


Local trail groups unite

The Inland Northwest Trails Coalition has rounded up a dozen local leaders involved in trails-related efforts for the annual “state of the trails” presentations starting at 6 p.m. Thursday at …


Fall adds perfect spice to Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes

Fall is my favorite time to ride the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes. The crowds of cyclists tend to drop off after Labor Day, and so do the swarms of …


Paving nearly complete on Fish Lake Trail

Spokane is on the verge of having a spiffy, newly paved stretch of rail trail that eventually will run all the way to Cheney. Contractors this month are putting the …


Ferry County votes on trail

Ferry County residents will make a critical decision on Nov. 3 regarding use of a prized abandoned railway the county acquired this year: Will motorized vehicles be allowed on the …


Heat bares ice at Mount Rainier

CLIMBING – An unusually early-summer snowmelt created hazards on the Muir Snowfield at Mount Rainier starting in August. Exposed bare glacier ice and crevasses have complicated travel on this route …


Riding the rail

Mountain bikes replace skis on car racks at Lookout Pass Ski area on summer days as a popular rail trail continues to set visitation records. The 15-mile Route of the …


Four trail tunnels will remain closed

The closure of four tunnels has taken the steam out of bicycling the rail trail through Washington’s Iron Horse State Park-John Wayne Pioneer Trail, a popular rail trail that runs …


Ferry Trail

Somewhere in a land not so far away, an abandoned railroad could become the best rail trail in Washington. Or maybe the worst.


Route of Hiawatha Trail opens Saturday

The Route of the Hiawatha mountain bike trail will open for the 2009 season on Saturday.