Iron Horse – Malden to Rosalia Trail Development

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

State Parks will use this grant to begin development of the Palouse section of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail in Iron Horse State Park, in Whitman County. The trail remains in the same condition as when the railroad surplused the land before 1990. State Parks will grade the trail and road intersections at three sites, lay crushed rock along the trail, and develop a trailhead in Malden. The work will create 9 miles of trail between Malden and Rosalia for hikers, mountain bikers, and horse riders. State Parks identified the development of this portion of the trail as a high priority because although there’s needed grading, there’s no major breaks in the trail and it’s close to U.S. Highway 195, which provides easy access for trail users from both Spokane and Pullman. State Parks will contribute $80,000 in donations of cash.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: State Parks Category: State Parks WWRP Grant: NULL Applicant Match: 80000 Project Type: Development County: Whitman Legislative District: 9 Status: Board Preliminary Approved RCO Project # 16-1930
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Location Details

Drive into Malden and turn north on 10th street. The proposed trailhead is located at the end of the road. From here you can head east on the trail toward Rosalia to see the entire 9 miles of proposed trail surfacing improvements. Alternatively, you could start in Rosalia at Gashouse Road and head west toward the trailhead at Malden

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.