Iron Horse Trail

North Bend, Washington 98045

Iron Horse Trail

Iron Horse Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The Iron Horse Trail ain’t what it was cracked up to be when first proposed. True, freight trains no longer disquiet the mountainside forest serenity; instead, deported to the freeway in the valley below, they toss family cars about in their wake like tumbleweeds in a dust devil.

True, rails and ties no longer trip up careless feet and hooves; those impediments, as well as trees that so closely hedged the railroad as to make it a virtual tunnel through forest, have been removed to make a 40-foot-wide truck road and a 230-kilowatt powerline. (That buzz heard on a rainy day is not bees.) So it’s not really a “trail” at all, in the ancient and honorable definition. It’s a “multi-use travelway.” Among the “multis” are servicing trucks, which require a hard-surface road that tends to flatten feet. And no more trees close enough to reach out and touch in passing."

Iron Horse Trail Reviews

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No spectacular scenery to be found but this is an interesting interpretive trail which transports you back a few generations when everything was grand in scale. It was interesting to see retaining walls - some over 15' thick - that were poured in the early 20th century. I would not do this trail again, but was glad I did this time. We ran into heavy snow about 1/2 mile from the pass.

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Trail Information

North Bend
Nearby City
1,500 feet
Elevation Gain
Several options
Trail Type
Skill Level
Depends on which option is chosen
Best spring to fall
970 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,400 feet
Top Elevation
North Bend Ranger District, Mount Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest
Local Contacts
Green Trails #206 Bandera, #207 Snoqualmie Pass; North Bend Ranger District
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018