Palouse to Cascades

Palouse to Cascades


Iron Horse State Park is a 1,612-acre park that was once part of the path of the Chicago-Milwaukee-St. Paul-Pacific Railroad. More than 100 miles of trail extends from Cedar Falls to the Columbia River. High trestles provide spectacular views of the valley below. Originally, the trail right-of-way was part of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad. The railroad operated between 1908 and 1980, when the company went into bankruptcy. The state’s Department of Natural Resources acquired much of the property and turned it over to State Parks, which continues to acquire land and make improvements to the area.

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Palouse to Cascades

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Palouse to Cascades: Remote country

September 6, 2019

Last March I rode a stretch of the Palouse to Cascades Trail from Revere to the intersection of the Columbia Trail. The aggregate trail surface was mostly loose gravel aggregate. Wide or fat bike tires would be a plus. This stretch was mostly Channeled Scablands. I encountered some old snow banks in the shady railroad cuts. I suspect the spring wildflowers would be spectacular. This is remote country. I didn’t encounter another soul that afternoon. I had to lift my bike over a couple gates. I look forward to seeing more of the Trail.


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