Hiking The John Wayne Pioneer Trail

The 25th most popular hiking trail in Washington.

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East of Seattle, the 108 mile John Wayne Pioneer Trail follows the former roadbed of the Chicago-Milwaukee-St. Paul-Pacific Railroad stretching from the Cascades to the Idaho border. The 100-mile portion from Cedar Falls (near North Bend) to the Columbia River near Vantage is managed as Iron Horse State Park. This gravel surfaced trail is open to hikers, bikers, equestrians, and to snowmobiles and cross-country skiers in winter.

The route links the heavily populated Puget Sound region of western Washington over the Cascades to the more rural and agricultural lands of eastern Washington. This multi-use trail is an essential link in the emerging cross-state trail that will eventually connect Idaho to the Pacific Ocean.

A popular section stretches 28 miles from North Bend to the Snoqualmie Pass.

Overall, John Wayne Pioneer Trail is the 25th most popular hiking trail of all 56 hikes in Washington. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby John Wayne Pioneer Trail including North Fork Nooksack Trail, Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Trail, Skookum Flats Trail, Chain Lake Trail / Artist Point and West Cady Ridge Trail.

North Cascades (WA/US)

North Cascades (WA/US)

North Cascades (WA/US)

North Cascades (WA/US)

John Wayne Pioneer Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  MBSNF Mt. Baker Ranger District (206) 856-5700; WA Tourism (800) 544-1800

Recommended Book:  "Backpacking Washington" from Craig Romano

Best Season:  May - Sep.

Average Difficulty:  Easy

Base Camp:  Goldmeyer Hot Springs CG

Luxury Loding:  Summit Inn, Snoqualmie (800) 557-STAY

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/mbs/

GPS:  47.4745, -121.7452

Date Published:  12/29/2015

Date Updated:  7/10/2016

ID:  13380

John Wayne Pioneer Trail Hiking Map


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