Project Summary

The Yamhelas Westsider Trail (YWT) Master Plan project will provide a detailed blueprint to convert a portion of the historic Westsider rail line near Highway 47 in Yamhill and Washington Counties into a multi-use transportation corridor, connecting the communities of Carlton, Yamhill, Cove Orchard and Gaston. The Trail will provide a link to current and future trails and scenic byways leading to Forest Grove, Henry Hagg Lake and beyond. The YWT Master Plan will act as a guide for Yamhill County, community stakeholders, and participating state and federal agencies to work together on this vision.

YWT Master Plan will guide development of a transportation facility that will ultimately:

  1. Provide safe and convenient transportation choices between communities for people walking and biking
  2. Provide opportunities for residents and visitors to recreate and observe nature
  3. Provide a safe off-road bicycle route to Yamhill-Carlton schools
  4. Enhance access to commercial retail areas, community facilities, and workplaces
  5. Promote environmental stewardship

Project Area Map

Project Timeline

Please provide input into the planning process!  In winter 2020, there will be opportunities to provide input on Project goals, objectives, and key issues to help guide the YWT Master Plan, with a review of proposed trail design concepts in spring 2021.

April – June 2021 – Present final YWT Master Plan to Yamhill County Board of Commissioners for consideration for adoption

Jan – April 2021 – Evaluate the existing conditions along the trail corridor; identify conceptual design options; host online open house and engage with community stakeholders; identify preferred design option

October – December 2020 – Identify project goals and objectives to guide the planning and development of the trail; host online open house and engage with community stakeholders

September 2020 – Kickoff the Yamelas Westsider Trail Master Planning Process 

Yamhelas Westsider Trail History

2018 – Yamhill County awarded Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Transportation and Growth Management Program grant for YWT Master Planning process

2018 – Yamhill County awarded Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) Recreational Trail Program grant to support trail construction 

2018Oregon Metro Regional 2018 Trails System Plan update includes proposed Yamhelas Westsider Trail.

2015 – Yamhill County awarded Technical Assistant Grant from National Park Service to develop conceptual YWT plan.

2014Oregon Metro 2014 Regional Active Transportation Plan includes trail connections between Banks, Forest Grove, Henry Hagg Lake and Gaston in its regional trails network vision.

2013Friends of the Yamhelas Westsider Trail (FYWT) and Yamhill County Parks Department awarded ODOT Federal Transportation Enhancement (TE) grant to acquire portions of abandoned rail right-of-way.


Mary Stewart
Project Manager
Alta Planning + Design 

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This project is partially funded by a grant from the Transportation and Growth Management (TGM) Program, a joint program of the Oregon Department of Transportation and Department of Land Conservation and Development. This TGM grant is financed, in part, by federal Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), and State of Oregon funds. The contents of this Web site do not necessarily reflect views or policies of the State of Oregon.