Iron Horse State Park is a 1,612-acre park that was once part of the path of the Chicago-Milwaukee-St. Paul-Pacific Railroad. More than 100 miles of trail extends from Cedar Falls to the Columbia River. High trestles provide spectacular views of the valley below.

45 minute drive from Seattle
2 hours total hike time

GPS doesn't take you to parking lot. Follow the signs to the parking area that requires a Discovery pass.

Good hike, parts of the climb are moderate, would say this is a 2 of 5 on difficulty scale. Good views, not as stunning as nearby Rattlesnake, but way better since it's substantially less busy.

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6 days ago

can u get down to the lake?

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27 days ago

35 min drive from Seattle
2.5 hours car door to car door*

*GPS coordinates from this app don't take you to the parking lot. Go to the parking lot (John Wayne Trailhead) and save yourself an additional mile loop of flat terrain, which will also save 30 minutes.

The conflict between other reviewers is correct, this is definitely a mostly "easy" trail, but there are portions that are "moderate" (particularly to the summit and the left hand side of the loop to the summit trailhead). It's super easy/flat until you turn off to "Cedar Butte" (but then that technically isn't part of the Cedar Butte Trail).

Dog friendly, bathrooms near parking lot. Busy first mile to get to Cedar Butte turn off, but after that only saw four other groups in 90 minutes on a Sunday morning.

Views at top are good, trade off less amazing views for the lack of traffic that nearby trails suffer from.

This so-called trail is actually a flat, boring, gravel road.

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1 month ago

I would do this hike again! After driving up late in the afternoon on a Saturday and seeing how packed the rattlesnake parking lot was we decided to change hike plans and do cedar butte instead. You need a discover pass for this parking lot.

The hike itself is moderate with elevation only towards the second half of the hike. But it's a nice mix of steep and then relatively flat to catch your breath. The switch backs were short and relatively easy. The view was nice. Not as big as I expected but still lovely especially since the smoke seemed to be clearing up


** note my bf and I took the blowdown route back. Do not take this route. It's extremely over grown and the blow down is not even visible. Also there were so many fallen branches with shrubs growing over them so it was very hard to see that you could trip. Take the shorter route.

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1 month ago

Nice steady hike up with two ways to get to the summit. I'd say it's not easy!

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2 months ago

This is a picturesque little loop, with a decent view at the summit. Lush vegetation has converged into the path during certain stretches. So long pants might be a good idea.

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