Keechelus Lake and John Wayne Trail

Hyak, Washington 98068

Keechelus Lake and John Wayne Trail

Keechelus Lake and John Wayne Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Well, pardner, if you’re looking for a gentle but rustic outing, John Wayne
can help you out. The old railroad right-of-way that runs across the state
is known as the John Wayne State Park, while the actual physical trail
(the old railbed) is the Iron Horse Trail. But whether you call it the John
Wayne Trail, the Iron Horse Trail, or the Keechelus Lake Trail, you’ll find
the flat, well-graded trail is perfect for kids of all ages."

Keechelus Lake and John Wayne Trail Reviews

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We didn't even get on this trail, because every vehicle parked there had a snowmobile hitch attached to it, and we didn't want to share our trail with snowmobilers. It was very disappointing, because there aren't many EASY snowshoe trails that are also pretty, as this one sounded. So we went somewhere else.
We arrived relatively early at the Sno Park. There was only one other vehicle in the lot. The groomed trail was well marked and had a light dusting of new snow. There were no other tracks on the surface other than thoe left by the skier ahead of us. Since we were snowshoeing, the hard packed trail didn't feel normal so we mosied over toward the parking lots nearer the lake. We slid down the hill near the boat ramp and followed the parking lot to the East end. We had some bush whacking to do, but it was fun. We came to a stream and followed the stream back to the groomed trails and were done for the day. By now there were lots of people out. An easy trail with easy access.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
200 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
3 hours
December through late February
Okanogan–Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District
Local Contacts
Green Trails: Snoqualmie Pass No. 207
Local Maps