Iron Goat Trail

EASY 81 reviews

Iron Goat Trail is a 5.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Skykomish, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. 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
5.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1466 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Skykomish: Drive 6 miles east on U.S. Hwy. 2 to milepost 55. Turn north onto the Old Cascade Hwy. #67. Proceed to the junction with Road #6710. Turn onto this road and proceed 1.4 miles to the Martin Creek Trailhead parking lot.

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13 days ago

My absolute favorite trail. Hiked this one a couple years back and have been itching to come back and hike it again.

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1 month ago

Excellent hike but do upper first then lower to avoid steep switch back the other way around. Windy point is worth the jaunt. Depending on the season bears and cougars are noted.

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2 months ago

entrance was accessable. parking was accessable. there was bear and cub warnings, cougar warnings, and a sign in book. if you dont know whats wrong with the conditions, check out the book. the comments tell you.

lower grade: super fun, lots to see. caves, and tunnels were pretty cool. the bridge was pretty too. very clean trail.

upper grade: more steep but do able, the higher you went up the more snow. we saw a few cougar prints that were fresh, but made lots of noice and hit sticks into rocks to make sure it wouldnt come near us. you get to the top take 3 mile hike to the left to get back down. there is alot of snow to go through. watch your step, its very easy to fall through. a few of us got our legs stuck. there is a tunnel at the top. there is a cougar family in there, do not go inside. farther along the upper part there are 3 avalanche spots, and the snow is very loose. 2 of the spots reach right over a cliff. if you are to cross it like us, use your elbows, hips and feet. DO NOT STAND UP. after that heading down the rest of the down hill trail, the trail is flooded, and the waterfalls have narrow and deep, or wide and deep rivers. so be careful. once your down the mountain you end back on the main trail, then the parkinglot is only a half mile away.

we were un prepared and had a six year old and a boston terrier with us. the lower trail is better to stay on. the upper trail should be closed off. its not but it needs to be. other then that it was really fun and i will deffinitly go back when the snow is melted.

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3 months ago

2 stars because my buddy brought me to Iron Goat Trail in March. Word to the uninitiated: the trail is covered in snow in March. The trailhead could not be reached by vehicle, but there is a gravel road accessable by a private parking lot, which you must call and ask permission to use. I called the number on the sign at the parking lot around 11AM and got permission, no problem. Just had to text my licence plate number to the lot attendant. The gravel road which leads you up to the trail head was recently plowed, so it was only a moderately difficult 5 mile hike up (we hiked a few mikes past the trailhead for the loop). Overall, it was a beautiful hike along the creek and then up the mountain. However, trudging through the snow for 10 miles overall (out and back) with a 30lb pack (for training purposes) left my calves sore and cramped for the entire next 36 hours. The actual Iron Goat Trail, when we finally found it, it was several feet buried under snow. Beautiful, but not really do-able in early March. Maybe in early April the trail conditions will be different, if most of the snow has melted by then. Not sure, but it seems like such a cool hike, so I'd love to try again, ASAP. Two stars obviously isn't any fault of the trail itself -- just don't go in early March and make the same mistake that I did!! Thankfully it was a beautiful day and still quite scenic and enjoyable.

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6 months ago

9 months ago

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9 months ago

Very easy hike. We did the lower trail and from martin to the interpretive site and back was 6 miles. Be aware there is a bear and 2 cubs in the area so we wear a bell or talk as you are moving. Amazing hike to take your dogs with you.

9 months ago

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10 months ago

we only did the lower grade which was a great easy hike with kids. during the month of august there aren't a lot of great views though sadly. good historical signage related to the old tracks and tunnels.

10 months ago