Chehalis Western Trail ‘Missing Link’

Category Overview

Trails grants help communities and recreation areas fund the creation and improvement of trails for walking, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. These grants help make communities more livable, create regional trails systems, and open up beautiful outdoor spaces for people to enjoy. WWRP is the largest source of trail support in the state of Washington.

Project Highlights

This project will acquire 7.0 miles of abandoned Chehalis Western Railroad corridor. In addition to the trail corridor, this project will acquire 3 parcels of land. A 35 acre parcel, a 53 acre parcel, and a 2 acre parcel. The two large land parcels will be developed into destination park facilities for trail users. The 2 acre parcel of land will serve as a trailhead facility at the southern terminus of the trail. The project will acquire the Missing Link that will connect the existing 8.5 miles of county-owned Chehalis Western Trail with the 14.5 mile county-owned Yelm-Tenino Trail. The acquisition includes approximately one mile of frontage along the Deschutes River. The acquisition will effectively link urban and rural communities in the county recreation facilities, schools, and other destination areas.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Thurston County Parks & Rec Category: Trails WWRP Grant: $267,891.00 Applicant Match: $267,891.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Thurston Legislative District: 22 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 96-1205

Location Details

Take exit 102 off I-5. Turn left onto 93rd Ave. SW. Follow 93rd SW approximately 3 miles to Old Hwy. 99. Turn right on Old Hwy. 99 and follow for approximately 3 miles. Turn left on Waldrick Road and follow for approximately 2.5 miles. Beginning of trail is located just beyond Stedman Road.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.