Palouse to Cascades-Connecting Malden and Rosalia

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 improve the Palouse to Cascades Trail from Malden to Rosalia. This will be the initial development of the portion of the trail east of the Columbia River. The project will regrade trail/road intersections at 3 sites to reduce grades, build a trailhead at Malden with parking, grade and roll 7.5 miles of trail to provide a hardened natural trail surface, and provide 1.5 miles of an 8 to 10 foot wide crushed rock trail surface. This will create 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.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: State Parks Category: State Parks WWRP Grant: $1,741,699.00 Applicant Match: $80,000.00 Project Type: Development County: Whitman Legislative District: 9 Status: Active RCO Project # 18-1840

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.