Ride the John Wayne Trail
JOHN WAYNE PIONEER TRAIL BIKE TOUR
The 110 mile long John Wayne Pioneer Trail, also known as the Iron Horse Trail, follows the former railbed of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad. The ride begins at Cedar falls and we travel all the way to the Columbia river, most of the ride is on hard-pack gravel trail and free of cars. This ride is only available May through October, as the Snoqualmie Pass tunnel closes from November until May due to snow conditions.
I recommend riding the trail on a cross bike or mountain bike with at least 28mm tires to minimize tire punctures and to provide a more comfortable ride.
Highlights of this ride include:
- We ride on the 2.3 mile long Snoqualmie pass tunnel, the tunnel is pitch dark and headlights must be worn while in the tunnel.
- We ride on amazing trestle bridges with spectacular views of the Cascades Mountain.
- The trail also passes through the Milwaukee Road depot and substation in Cle Elum and is registered as a National Historic place.
- We cross the Yakima river, one of the tributaries of the columbia river and the longest river in the state of WA.