John Wayne Trail, Army West

Ellensburg, Washington

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A sign-in permit is required due to the fact that the trail passes through the highly active U.S. Army’s Yakima Training Center. You must not leave the trail. The John Wayne Trail (which rolls through the heart of the linear Iron Horse Trail State Park) follows the historic route of the Milwaukee Railroad from North Bend to the Columbia River (the trail will eventually be a true cross-state trail, but the stretch from the Columbia River to Idaho is still to be developed). This far eastern section of the completed trail explores some incredibly wild, pristine land—the designation of the surrounding lands as an Army training base actually helped preserve the area’s wild beauty.

John Wayne Trail, Army West Professional Review and Guide

"A sign-in permit is required due to the fact that the trail passes through the highly active U.S. Army’s Yakima Training Center. You must not leave the trail.

The John Wayne Trail (which rolls through the heart of the linear Iron Horse Trail State Park) follows the historic route of the Milwaukee Railroad from North Bend to the Columbia River (the trail will eventually be a true cross-state trail, but the stretch from the Columbia River to Idaho is still to be developed). This far eastern section of the completed trail explores some incredibly wild, pristine land—the designation of the surrounding lands as an Army training base actually helped preserve the area’s wild beauty."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Ellensburg
Distance: 8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 2,000 feet
Top Elevation: 2,500 feet
Local Contacts: Washington State Parks and Recreation
Local Maps: Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Yakima
Driving Directions: Directions to John Wayne Trail, Army West

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