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Map of Chipman Trail

The Bill Chipman Palouse Trail is a 10' wide, 8 mile path along an abandoned railroad line, with 13 bridges crossing Paradise Creek.  Ride your bike or rollerblade all the way to Moscow!  Take a walk, jog, or get out in your wheelchair and enjoy the Palouse. 

You can begin your journey at the trailheads, located at the Quality Inn in Pullman and at Perimeter Drive in Moscow.  Parking in Pullman is available at the Quality Inn lot or on Derby Street near Koppel Farm.

Photo of old railroad bed Photo of Trail improvements
"Before" "After"

The Trail opened in April 1998 after 15 years of effort by members of the Pullman Civic Trust.  Special thanks go to Nancy Mack, Loretta Anawalt, Bobbi Ryder, Jean Wardwell, Diane Johnson and many others who endured hundreds of meetings and hours at home working on this project.  A strong alliance with these leaders and their staffs pushed the project to completion:
      Mike Werner of Whitman County Parks,
      Jerry Lenzi of Washington State Department of Transportation,
      John Sherman from the City of Pullman.


Photo of Chipman Trail opening ceremony



Educational rest stops make the Trail pleasant and enjoyable.  Users are encouraged to courteously stay to the right and travel single-file when passing others.  Take water and appropriate clothing, as much of the Trail is open to the elements.  Notice the restoration of the river banks and improvements in the stream's water quality.

Photo of Opening Day parade with balloons


Bill Chipman was a dedicated father, businessman and good friend of many on the Palouse.  He was killed in a tragic 1996 auto accident.  Community sentiment supported the naming of the new trail in his memory.  Many donations were received in remembrance of him.  The names of donors are listed on plaques included at the main trailheads.

The Bill Chipman Palouse Trail is maintained and managed by a coalition of park and trail representatives from the Whitman County, the City of Pullman, the City of Moscow, the University of Idaho, and Washington State University.

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These 3 images courtesy of Robert Ashworth


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