OLYMPIA – April 29, 2021 – Washington State Parks announced today that the Renslow Trestle is now open for non-motorized recreation. The trestle is located about 6 miles east of the town of Kittitas.
This announcement comes as good news to hikers, bikers and equestrians who use the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail. The trestle completion closes the last major gap on the trail between North Bend and the Columbia River, allowing for roughly 100 miles of unimpeded — and safer — travel for recreationists.
The trestle crosses the busy I-90 highway. Previously, people had to take a detour along Prater and Boylston roads, both of which have poor visibility and no shoulder.
To make the trestle safe and navigable for pedestrians, bicyclists and equestrians, contractors attached concrete decking to the existing steel trestle and added safety railing. The decking and railing design work began in May of 2019, and construction began in July 2020. The project was funded by a grant from the Recreation and Conservation Office’s Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program.
Read the full news release here.