Day Hike - Iron Goat Trail


Day Hike - Iron Goat Trail

This will be part two of a two part hike. (See Iron Goat hike on 07/07/2018) We will be hiking from the Interpretive site to Wellington. We will hike along the trail that was one of the worst railroad disasters in the nations history and also the most tragic snow avalanche. We will stop to read interpretive signs, visit view points, look at artifacts and take pictures. This will be a slow paced hike. We will hike together as a group, nobody gets left behind.

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.56 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 421 ft

Monroe Park and Ride 7:45 AM. Northwest Forest pass is required at the trailhead.

We will start at the Iron Goat Interpretive site and hike to Wellington. Windy Point will have views to Stevens Pass and Surprise Creek Valley. The trail will cross through dark forest groves and brushy avalanche slopes.  Wellington still has the old tunnel that went through the Cascade Crest before the rail line was rerouted in 1929. The Iron Goat Trail is full of history. Here is a link to more information about the history of the trail.

A complete guide book on the Iron Goat trail is available for a free download at

The hike will gain 700 feet in the first half mile. We will be taking this part VERY SLOW. Don't let the elevation gain discourage you. We will hike together as a group, nobody will be left behind.

There have been bear sightings in the area. I have checked with the Skykomish Ranger Station, they have not been aggressive. This link has more information on hiking in bear country.


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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