About Bike For the Cure – 2024

In Summary

“Bike for the Cure 2024” (May 25 – May 30) is a 300 bicycle ride, across Washington State on the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail , from the Eastern Slopes of the Cascade Mountains to the Idaho border. The ride ends in Spokane, WA at the 39th Annual Convention (May 30 – June 1). In 1967, Marjorie Guthrie, the widow of famed folksinger Woody Guthrie, founded the Committee to Combat Huntington’s Disease, which in 1983 became the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. The mission of HDSA is to improve the lives of everyone affected by HD and their families. As in the prior 23 rides, the purpose of the ride is to heighten public awareness of Huntington’s Disease and to raise funds for family services and research towards a cure.

Historic Notes on the Route

The Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail follows an abandoned railroad bed. the historic Chicago – Milwaukee – St. Paul – Pacific Railroad, also known as the “Milwaukee Road.” It was previously known as the John Wayne Pioneer Trail/Iron Horse State Park. It was once a trail of western expansion and a vital connection linking the industrial Midwest to Seattle. Operating a railroad through the rugged western mountains posed a challenge nearly a century ago. To remedy severe conditions, the Milwaukee Road took a revolutionary step. It electrified its line through the Rocky Mountains in 1915 and through the Cascades two years later. It was an amazing techological feat in its day.

The route stretches from the Western Slope of the Cascades Mountains to the Idaho border, through evergreen forests, dark tunnels, over high trestles, spectacular rivers and across open farmland and high desert.

The term “Palouse” is usually not familiar to those outside of this distinct geographic region of the Northwestern US. It encompasses parts of North Central Idaho, Southeast Washington, and Northeast Oregon. It is a major agricultural area, primarily producing wheat and legumes, temperate grasslands, savanna, shrublands, gently rolling hills covered with wheat fields.

Origin of Palouse. Appaloosa

The western portion of the Trail is about 108 miles, from Cedar Falls to the Columbia River.

The Trail begins at Cedar Falls, near North Bend. It passes through the Snoqualmie Pass Tunnel, the longest tunnel in the USA open to non motorized traffic (2.3 miles).

Trail continues SE through Lake Easton, then on to South Cle Elum.

In 1909 the Chicago Milwaukee and Puget Sound railway chose Cle Elum as a division point between the Coast and Columbia divisions on its future transcontinental line. Homes, maintenance shops, workers’ bunkers and a train station depot. The depot houses a museum of railroad artifacts, and the bunkhouse is now a B & B.

Ellensburg is the biggest town along the Trail. It is site of the campus of Central Washington University


The Eastern portion of the Trail goes from the Columbia River (at Beverly) to the Idaho border at Tekoa (pronounced TEE-ko). It is less developed than the Western Portion.