Iron Goat Trail–Martin Creek to Wellington

Skykomish, Washington

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A mostly level walk though thick second-growth forest on the old Great Northern Railroad route is the prime reason for hiking the Iron Goat Trail. But there are also dazzling displays of wildflowers during spring, extensive views up and down the Skykomish River Valley, and a rich human history replete with great tragedy—all of which contributes to bring people to the trail. There are also many opportunities for loop hikes, but this particular hike makes a one-way trip from Martin Creek to the Wellington townsite and trailhead, requiring a car shuttle.
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by Peter Stekel (Falcon Guides)

A mostly level walk though thick second-growth forest on the old Great Northern Railroad route is the prime reason for hiking the Iron Goat Trail. But there are also dazzling displays of wildflowers during spring, extensive views up and down the Skykomish River Valley, and a rich human history replete with great tragedy—all of which contributes to bring people to the trail.

There are also many opportunities for loop hikes, but this particular hike makes a one-way trip from Martin Creek to the Wellington townsite and trailhead, requiring a car shuttle.

© Second Edition Peter Stekel/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Skykomish
Distance: 6
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 4 to 5 hours
Season: Spring, summer, fall
Local Contacts: Volunteers for Outdoor Washington (VOW), 12345 30th Ave. NE, Ste. I, Seattle, WA 98115; (206) 517-3019; www.trailvolunteers.org. Iron Goat Trail, www.irongoat.org. Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Skykomish Ranger District, 74920 NE Stevens Pass Hwy., PO Box 305, Skykomish, WA 98288; (360) 677- 2414; www.fs.usda.gov/mbs.
Local Maps: USGS Scenic
Topo Map: Iron Goat Trail–Martin Creek to Wellington Topographic Map
Guide Book: Best Hikes Near Seattle Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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