Johnson Creek Trestle

The Johnson Creek Trestle is one of the remnants of our region’s railroading history. At one time there were 600-700 miles of rails, most laid as part of timber harvesting operations. The Johnson Creek Trestle was built in 1914 by the Seattle, Port Angeles & Western Railway Company. The last train passed over this trestle in 1983 and today there are no railroads operating on the Olympic Peninsula.

Volunteer efforts led by Peninsula Trails Coalition converted this trestle to pedestrian use in 2002 and it is part of the Olympic Discovery Trail.

The trestle’s graceful curve passes high above Johnson Creek and brushes the upper story of trees that grow in this riparian area.

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14 thoughts on “Johnson Creek Trestle”

  1. A lovely trestle in a lovely area! It must be a delight to walk along that trail. I’m guessing the Peninsula Trails Coalition is part of the national “Rails to Trails” group. We have several here in Florida and Lois and I have biked a couple. We’ve also biked on Rails to Trails trails in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Minnesota has done an especially good job – one trail goes over 70 miles!

  2. I’m impressed of how the trestle as been converted into a pedestrian bridge. Turning old railway routes into hiking trails seems to be the trend across North America.

  3. What a delightful trestle. I lament the passing of the railroad culture in our country and wish it hadn’t disappeared as it has!

  4. Hard to believe trains haven’t run through there since the ’80s. It seems it’s becoming popular to transform old RR tracks into pedestrian-bicycle paths. I bet this has a nice view.

  5. thats great!
    still, too bad that arent more railroads in this country… (the netherlands is full of it.. ;))
    i once travelled by rail from montreal to new york, and that was just amazing…

  6. Can you tell me where on the Discovery Trail this is located?? I’d love to walk it in July when my husband and I and our 2 dogs visit from Phoenix.
    Thanks. — Great Photo !!

  7. @Louise, as you drive toward Sequim on Hwy. 101 from the east, take the exit for the John Wayne Marina (Whitefeather Way). The trail intersects from the left a short distance from the corner of 101.

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