Iron Goat Trail is a 6.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Skykomish, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,092 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

historic site

Most of the trail is flat, but there is a large set of steep switchbacks toward the beginning/end of the loop. If you choose to go clockwise from this trailhead, you will go downhill on them and encounter them at the very end of your hike. If you choose to go counter-clockwise, you will go up them at the very beginning of your hike.

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8 days ago

Hard to say the actual length of trail as there are loops and tunnels leading off the main trail. We parked at a car at the top and bottom and walked all the way down from the top. Beautiful and full of history, much of the trail buries old track. Neat experience for sure

2 months ago

such a beautiful trail. can't wait to go back

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3 months ago

great hike! sooo much to see. did the hike clockwise, which i recommend especially with kids. the lower loop has so much history and the upper loop has great views.

3 months ago

Serene and perfect for a weekend afternoon

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3 months ago

Good hike in general, great for running too. Greatly maintained, pretty cool tunnels.

3 months ago

fun trail

3 months ago

Not sure why this is listed as moderate. Hike is primarily flat and wide making for an easy hike. Lots of interesting railroad history with historical markers. Good hike for kids.

4 months ago

Maybe this hike is “moderate” if you do the loop counter-clockwise up the steep switchbacks but it was a pleasantly easy hike doing a clockwise route.

Plenty of tunnel openings and historical markers along the way to make the hike a unique one. Unfortunately, you can hear the cars from Highway 2 for most of the trip.

I went the second weekend of September. The fall colors should really pop in a week or two.

T-Mobile cell was available except for the first half mile closest to the trailhead.

4 months ago

Great hike but the signs are a little confusing. The map of the trail on here makes it look like one loop but it seemed like there were multiple trails you could take.

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4 months ago

Really lovely hike, weather was perfect, and we took our two couch potato canines. They got worn out in the switchback section, but it ended just in time. Not a plethora of stunning views, but some great glimpses of mountains/forests. Overall, a lovely, not too strenuous trail, well-marked and well-maintained.

4 months ago

Great trail! Lots of history. My husband, daughter and I really enjoyed all of the scenery and the other things to see like the snow shed and tunnels.

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4 months ago

This trail is beautiful. The only moderate climb is at the beginning of the trail, with lots of switch backs. After that the climb is gradual and easy if you're headed toward Wellington. The caves and water falls along the way are gorgeous. I would say that it's suitable for most ages, but there are a few places with steep drops along side the trail.

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4 months ago

Got soaked on the upper trail due to a steady rainfall but worth it, so lovely!

5 months ago

I would consider easy not moderate trail, take repellent the mosquitos on the trail are relentless. Great history, not crowded and perfect for a fun easy hike.

6 months ago

Beautiful mountain scenery. Old train tunnels are fun and interpretive signage is nice.

6 months ago

Fun hike, lots of fun caves to explore, also several waterfalls through the hike. Family Friendly, good for all skill types. Upper trail a bit harder then lower trail

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6 months ago

great hike. I parked at the lower trailhead and climbed the switch backs up to the trail and on to Wellington. my fitness app said 9 miles round trip and 20k steps but if you want to see all the cool stuff without the hike then there is a trailhead parking area at Wellington. lots of cottonwood floating around and mosquitoes in the trees there was plenty of water also.

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7 months ago

It’s not a difficult trail, there is a lot natural beauty and a little bit of the history about the Great Northern Railway.

7 months ago

intersting history with the railway, views and scenery average but certainly worth the 2.5 to 3 hours for the loop

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7 months ago

Epic! We went straight to the twin tunnels, took a switch back up to the above trail and followed that back to the start. 7 miles all together with our 6 year old. Amazing views, the upper portion was so awesome and a bit more challenging. The way down was a switchback and ridiculous! So steep but was a lot of fun. Definitely a new favorite!

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8 months ago

Awesome awesome trail! Parked outside the scenic trailhead (it’s still closed!) and took my 9 year old son and puppy. The trail itself was fairly flat, we crossed to the upper grade at Martin’s Creek and took the upper grade back. We took the Windy Pt crossover down. If you can at all avoid it, don’t take that path up! It’s 1 mile long and has 28 switchbacks. Coming down it was the most unpleasant thing about the hike. The walk up has to be brutal!! A lot of snow runoff type streams on the upper grade that were a little scary for my 9 yo, so keep that in mind. The entire upper grade had a lot of running water over the trail. Didn’t make it to Wellington, but plan on doing that next time.

The artifacts left behind were interesting enough to keep my 9 yo old engaged throughout the hike and we both learned quite a bit about the railroad. Would absolutely do it again!

8 months ago

Had the pleasure of hiking this trail in Friday evening, easy trail on the lower grade with fantastic scenery. Headed back out of the trail after sunset which made for a fun scary experience as this trail is listed as a haunted trail due to the history here. Will be coming back to hike the upper grades!!

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11 months ago

Perfection

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11 months ago

Amazing trail. Absolutely stunning in winter, and fairly easy in the lower half. The upper ledge was a bit more technical than anticipated with 2’ of snow on the ground, but completely worth it.

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Monday, January 01, 2018

This is my personal favorite of the PNW. There is so much history and beauty along this trail. Trail and bathrooms are well maintained. Artifacts and remnants are scattered not far off trails, please do not disturb them. Lots of interpretive signs that talk of the avalanche and current railways. Always a joy to visit when on the way to Leavenworth.

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Hiked the lower and upper grade today for the first time, it was really nice. Be aware the upper grade was at least 1/3rd flooded out due to all of the rainfall (especially along the snowsheds), so bring some waterproof boots or wellies. Great pics and the dog loved it otherwise.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Completed another solo hike today! I stopped by the Iron goat interpretive site for a few minutes, then arrived at the Martin creek trailhead to the Iron goat trail. The first 2.75 miles is flat and easy, but with lots of historical scenery.

I went on further to Windy point where I immediately gained elevation and added 3 miles to the total. I wanted to continue on to Wellington, which is the exact location of a massive avalanche that claimed over 100 lives in 1910, but that would have added another 6 miles round trip, and I was running out of time.

That just gives me an excuse to return next year!

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Spectacular fall foliage! Not a person in site for most of the day. The dogs loved the leaves and water falls. We loved the amazing photo opps!

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Great hike

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