Day Hike - Iron Goat Trail

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Day Hike - Iron Goat Trail

Wellington was one of the worst railroad disasters in the nations history and also the most tragic snow avalanche. There are interpretive signs, relics, and old tunnels to walk thru. The fall colors should be spectacular.

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 340 ft
  • Pace: Slow

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

We will start at the Wellington trailhead and hike to Windy Point. By starting at the Wellington trailhead, we avoid the steep switchbacks. The trail has a very gradual incline and decline that is barely noticeable. 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. http://www.irongoattrail.org/history.html

There is a short section where we hike on a ledge next to the tunnel. It is wide enough to walk easily with plenty of traction.  Exposure is minimal. If you are concerned, let me know. I can forward you a picture. 

This will be a slow paced hike with time to look at and identify flowers, trees, mushrooms, or anything else we find interesting. There will be time for pictures. 

Route/Place

Iron Goat Trail


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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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