Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region
by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)
© 2014 Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
A quiet little hike 30 minutes from downtown Seattle. It's a great break in for early in the season. Second growth timber with a few scenic openings. Mid way through the hike you moss covered maple and fur. The lower story growth is twisted into fantastic shapes and glows emerald green in the sunlight.
The mosquitoes were just starting to swarm in late June so bring the bug juice. Read up on the Boxley Creek Blow Out before you go and the the section of the trail that skirts the ridge above the blow out makes more sense. http://www.historylink.org/essays/output.cfm?file_id=2426
Great hike for a beginner and for a new pair of boots.
To get to this trail you have to walk for a while on Iron Goat Trail which is kind of dirt/biking road. There are no signs for trail head. You will just see slim little trail forking off in to bushes Iron Goat Trail. The bush and scrubs on this trail is REALLY overgrown (in late summer). You will be literally brushing through them almost all the way. During summer months the trail is also buzzing with insects and will hover your sweaty head almost all the way. There are no views along the trail. At the top one side of the butte opens up and you can see some views but not panoramic and nothing compared to what you can see on Rattlesnake Ledge. In short: lot of bushwhacking, insects and not much of views.
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