Iron Horse – Cle Elum to Ellensburg

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 improve the Iron Horse Trail surface from South Cle Elum to Ellensburg, a distance of approximately 25 miles. Safety railings will be installed on 18 bridge structures, a new trailhead will be constructed at the Fairgrounds, a restroom will be constructed at the Thorp Trailhead, and a primitive camp with 4 – 6 sites will be developed at Taneum Creek.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: State Parks Category: Trails WWRP Grant: $697,347.39 Applicant Match: $9,997.96 Project Type: Development County: Kittitas Legislative District: 13 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 02-1219

Location Details

The project can be accessed at the trailhead at South Cle Elum or at the Waters Street/JWPT intersection in the N W section of Ellensburg. The trail parallels the Yakima River between South Cle Elum and Ellensburg.

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.