Ride the John Wayne Trail


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.