12 Months of WWRP: State Parks

April 11, 2024

State Parks grants help preserve and develop our state’s best outdoor recreation areas by funding new campgrounds and amenities to increase the capacity of our parks, creating new parks, improving park resources, and protecting historical areas. These grants help our state continue to develop our world-class parks system to share our cultural heritage and natural treasures with all of its visitors.

This month’s featured project is the Palouse to Cascades Trail from Malden to Rosalia located on the ancestral land of the Spokane, Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla, Ktunaxa ɁamakɁis, Palouse, and Schitsu’umsh (Coeur d’Alene) people. State Parks is using this grant to improve the trail from Malden to Rosalia. This is the initial development of the portion of the Palouse to Cascades Trail east of the Columbia River. The project is regrading trail/road intersections at 3 sites to reduce grades, building a trailhead at Malden with parking, grade and rolling 7.5 miles of trail to provide a hardened natural trail surface, and providing 1.5 miles of an 8 to 10 foot wide crushed rock trail surface. This is creating 9 miles of improved trail for hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians in the east-central WA region while also serving to connect the communities of Malden and Rosalia. The primary recreational opportunity provided by this project is non-motorized trail use and projected to be completed by the end of April 2024.