Palouse to Cascades Trail – Surfacing & Trailheads

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 new development project will establish a user-friendly surface on 11 miles of the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail and improve two strategic trailheads. The project will connect the communities of Ellensburg and Kittitas and extend to the soon to be renovated Renslow Trestle which spans I-90. Trail conditions will be improved by grading and compacting the  existing primitive surface. This project also improves a major  trailhead in the City of Kittitas including  renovation and development of restroom facilities in the historic Kittitas Depot. The second trailhead will be improved east of the Renslow Trestle and constructed in partnership with the US Department of Army and the Yakima Training Center.  The trail provides both day use and overnight opportunities and received over 300,000 visits in 2019 .   At 280 miles it will be one of the longest rail trails in the US and an important link in the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s vision for a Great American Rail Trail spanning the entire country.  

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: State Parks Category: Trails WWRP Grant: $ 1,072,000.00 Applicant Match: $ 150,000.00 Project Type: Development County: Kittitas Legislative District: 13 Status: Board preliminary approved  RCO Project # 20-1351

Location Details

Heading east on 1-90 from Seattle, exit 106 and continue on West University Way approx. 3 miles to Alder Street. Head south to the east Ellensburg Traihead of the Palouse to Cascades Trail. The project starts here and ends at the Renslow Trestle which spans I-90.

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.