June Hikes: 3.5 to 6 miles, 400 to 1,500 feet gain - Iron Goat Trail to Wellington

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June Hikes: 3.5 to 6 miles, 400 to 1,500 feet gain - Iron Goat Trail to Wellington

Stroll into history along the Iron Goat trail. This wide trail runs along the old railroad grade that used to take trains up into the Cascades. This hike is remarkably beautiful, with amazing mountain views on one side, and the bones of old railroad tunnels and snowsheds on the other. We expect to see lots of beautiful wildflowers in bloom, and hope to see Calypso Orchids. This route starts at Wellington TH, goes to Windy Point and returns. This hike counts toward your monthly required GoHike course hike for June.

  • Easy
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.25 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 720 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 3,200 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2 mph
  • Meet at 9:00 am at Stevens Pass Lot E, near the vault toilet. Map - https://goo.gl/maps/eTfW8ArjE7PhqzB48.
  • To assure that everyone finds the TH and arrives at the same time, we are meeting at Stevens Pass Lot E and drive together to the TH.
  • From this location we will caravan to the Wellington TH. From Stevens Pass Lot E, it’s about a 20 minute drive to Wellington TH.

The trail follows the old Great Northern Railroad route high above the valley floor on its way to Stevens Pass. This high route perched on the steep slopes of Windy Mountain was an impressive feat of engineering and the site of a 1910 avalanche considered American’s deadliest in which snow smashed into the trains, toppling them off the rails like toys. Many of the tunnels and snow bridges along this trail were built after the Wellington Avalanche Disaster to better protect the trains from snow. But it was not long before the route was rerouted all together to the modern Cascade tunnel.

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Iron Goat Trail


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Your leader will be sending out a Hello Hiker email in advance of the hike with details about the hike and gear.

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