Iron Goat Trail

Skykomish, Washington

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Only one of the three state historic wagon and railroad trails are preserved for hikers. The old Milwaukee Railroad over Snoqualmie Pass is, in reality, a gated road. The old Naches Wagon Trail is overwhelmed and clobbered by ORVs. Only the old 1893 Great Northern Railroad over Stevens Pass has sections that are still intact. For the first four years, the railroad switchbacked over the pass, taking 12 miles of track to go 2.6 air miles from Berne on the east side to Wellington on the west side. Both of the present trailheads offer easy hikes to points of interest. If transportation can be arranged, this is an excellent one-way trip. Although it is only a 2.2-percent grade, logic says start at Wellington and walk downhill to Marten Creek.
Roads to Trails Northwest Washington

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Roads to Trails Northwest Washington

by Washington Trails Association (The Mountaineers Books)

Only one of the three state historic wagon and railroad trails are preserved for hikers. The old Milwaukee Railroad over Snoqualmie Pass is, in reality, a gated road. The old Naches Wagon Trail is overwhelmed and clobbered by ORVs. Only the old 1893 Great Northern Railroad over Stevens Pass has sections that are still intact.

For the first four years, the railroad switchbacked over the pass, taking 12 miles of track to go 2.6 air miles from Berne on the east side to Wellington on the west side. Both of the present trailheads offer easy hikes to points of interest. If transportation can be arranged, this is an excellent one-way trip. Although it is only a 2.2-percent grade, logic says start at Wellington and walk downhill to Marten Creek.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Skykomish
Distance: 6.6
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Best spring to fall
Trailhead Elevation: 3,100 feet
Top Elevation: 3,143 feet
Local Contacts: Skykomish Ranger District, Mount Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest
Local Maps: Green Trails #144 Benchmark Mountain, #176 Stevens Pass; Skykomish Ranger District
Driving Directions: Directions to Iron Goat Trail

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