Saloon in Easton, Washington

Snapshots of the American West: Easton, WA

Easton, Washington was founded in 1902 as a railroad town. At it’s height, the town had over 2000 residents. As interstate highways made the railroad less relevant in the second half of the 20th century, towns like Easton sank into a slow economic decline.  Their stories and past glories can still be read on the boarded-up facades of main street. Freight trains still pass through Easton but today, most of the relevant businesses sit just[…]

Read more

A Planning Guide to the John Wayne Pioneer Trail

A Planning Guide to the John Wayne Pioneer Trail   Washington State’s John Wayne Pioneer Trail and Iron Horse State Park is just emerging as a premier long-distance multi-use trail. Built along the old “Milwaukee Road” railroad grade the trail stretches from North Bend to the Idaho border, although the further east you go from the Snoqualmie Tunnel, the worse the trail conditions get. The trail is a multi-use trail open to hikers, bicycles, horses,[…]

Read more
Lake Easton State Park

Walking the John Wayne Pioneer Trail – Day 5

Walking the John Wayne Pioneer Trail Day 5: Around Lake Easton (5.5 miles) I arrived at Easton State Park a day earlier than I had intended and decided to use the extra day to walk around the Lake Easton. I wanted to use my GPS tracker to double check some distances against my estimates from the walk from Roaring Creek to the Lake Easton State Park. Bonnie, my dog, and I set off from the[…]

Read more
Yakima River from the John Wayne Pioneer Trail from Roaring Creek to Easton

Walking the John Wayne Pioneer Trail – Day 4

Walking the John Wayne Pioneer Trail Day 4: Roaring Creek to Easton State Park   The walk from Roaring Creek to Easton State Park was always going to be the longest. The signposts that mark the distance between trail-heads put the distance between Hyak and Easton at 18 miles. By my calculations, that made the distance from Roaring Creek to Easton State Park around 13 miles – not including the walk into the state park[…]

Read more
Along the John Wayne Pioneer Trail from Cold Creek to Roaring Creek

Walking the John Wayne Pioneer Trail – Day 3

Walking the John Wayne Pioneer Trail Day 3: Cold Creek to Roaring Creek (3.5 Miles)   I knew the distance from Cold Creek to Roaring Creek wasn’t far – four miles at the most. Still, I planned day on purpose knowing that I needed to walk the mile or so back up to Hyak to meet my parents for a hug and some supplies before setting out. With the early morning walk up to Hyak,[…]

Read more
Alice Creek to Cold Creek on the John Wayne Pioneer Trail

Walking the John Wayne Pioneer Trail – Day 2

Walking the John Wayne Pioneer Trail Day 2: Alice Creek to Cold Creek (~14 miles)   I got an early start on my second day of walking the John Wayne Pioneer Trail. My original plan was to overnight at Carter Creek – a pleasantly secluded camping area that sits deep in the thick woods down from the trail and right next to a gushing, rocky cascade. When I arrived at Carter Creek, I discovered that[…]

Read more
The John Wayne Pioneer Trail from Rattlesnake Lake to Alice Creek

Walking the John Wayne Pioneer Trail – Day 1

Walking the John Wayne Pioneer Trail Day 1: Rattlesnake Lake to Alice Creek (10.5 Miles)   I struggled to lift my pack out of my friend’s car in the Cedar Falls Parking Lot near Rattlesnake Lake. I don’t remember my little 50 liter Vaude pack ever being quite as heavy as this. I guessed that carrying everything required for 5 nights of camping plus enough water to get you through a day of hiking adds[…]

Read more

Enjoy this blog? Please spread the word :)

Skip to toolbar