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Iron Goat Trail #1074

Our Hiking Time: 4h 15m
Total Ascent: 700ft
Highest Point: 2800ft
Total Distance: 6.3 miles
Location: N 47° 42.6840, W 121° 42.6840
Required Permit: Northwest Forest Pass
Difficulty: Moderate

Nathan's PhotoSome days are meant for snowshoeing: cold and crisp, with just enough sun to give the snow an extra sparkle. Finding ourselves facing a perfect day for strapping on our snowshoes, we packed up to explore a section of reclaimed railroad grade known as the Iron Goat Trail.

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With nine miles of trail and three different trailheads, the Iron Goat Trail has more than enough to explore. The trail between Martin Creek Trailhead and Scenic Trailhead is ADA accessible and stroller friendly in the summer months, and is an easy snowshoe in the winter. If you want a little extra, take a cutoff trail up to the Embro workcamp or out to Windy Point. The trail doesn’t have the remoteness and hushed silence that some of us associate with snowshoeing, but it is perfect for a last minute destination or a first-time snowshoe.

There's a lot more to the Iron Goat Trail, and you can learn all about it in our book, Hiking Through History Washington.  You'll find a trail map, route descriptions, history, and more for this and many more hikes throughout the State. Help support hikingwithmybrother.com and the work we do by picking up a copy!

To get there, take US 2 out just past milepost 58 and look for the Iron Goat Interpretative Site on the left. -Nathan

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Iron Goat Trail


Anonymous said...

Your so close to Tunnel Creek that leads to Hope and Mig. But anyway...Deadman Slide is past Windy Point heading east that has a history as well as Wellington. I always get goosebumps and a creepy feeling walking through the area. No ghosts have appeared in my pictures!!!

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