Iron Goat Trail


Day Hike - Iron Goat Trail

This is a wildflower interpretive hike with some railroad history.

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  • Sat, May 30, 2015
  • Seattle Naturalists Committee
  • Exploring Nature, Day Hiking
  • 20-30 Somethings, Families, Adults, Singles, Youth, Retired Rovers
  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 500 ft

Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Skykomish Ranger Station (east of the town of Skykomish) on Highway 2 (near milepost 50) to drive to the Martin Creek Trailhead.

Iron Goat Trail Interpretive Hike (E) (Forest Service Map) 4-6 mi., min gain. This is coordinated with VOW for wildflowers and history. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Skykomish RS (east of town of Skykomish) on Hwy 2 (near milepost 50) to drive to the Martin Creek Trailhead. NW Forest Pass required to park at trailhead. We expect to see lots of beautiful wildflowers in bloom, and hope to see Calypso Orchids, the elusive Yellow Coralroot and two Botrychium species. We'll also see remnants of the old railroad, tunnels, collapsed snow sheds, and artifacts from the people who used to live and work on the railroad. We’ll have lunch on the trail, and expect to be back at the trailhead by 4 p.m.  Registration opens May 19th.  Leaders Jim & Diane Vanden Brook, 425-844-1539.



Iron Goat Trail

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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