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Iron Goat Trail

MODERATE 342 reviews

Iron Goat Trail is a 12.1 mile heavily 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: 12.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,466 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail! We did the trail clockwise and went down the switchback at the end of the trail. If you want to make it more challenging go counterclockwise and go up the hill in the beginning. The tunnels and history here made for a great hike with friends! Everyone enjoyed it!

hiking
muddy
snow
1 month ago

A rainy and slushy day for a hike... with not much for views at the overlook due to the weather Parking lot trailhead is easily accessible

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

An easy trail with lots of history. Most of the tunnels are on the lower portion by Wellington. There are non-flushable toilets at the parking lot. If you hike the trail clockwise, you will go down a bunch of switchbacks at the end instead of going up them at the beginning.

hiking
over grown
2 months ago

These trails follow the location of abandoned rail routes (tracks are gone). The lower trail is very flat, wide, crushed gravel, with a gentle incline. Accessible by anyone. It has more historic train content. At either end of the trail you can take a cross-over trail to the upper trail. The upper trail is narrow, often overgrown, with fewer meaningful interpretive stops. The cross-over on the west end is shorter/easier because of the gentle elevation gain of the lower trail. The cross-over on the east end (the start of the trail) is challenging, steeper, and longer. If you're doing the loop, clock-wise is your best bet so you can come down the east cross-over. While this on the side of a valley, the forest growth precludes views for most of the hike, with occasional look out points.

hiking
3 months ago

interesting spot, took the hard way up right off the bat, rest of the trail is nice. plants growing tall along most of the route. very Jurassic Park

hiking
3 months ago

I really enjoyed learning the history of the construction of the railway. The lower trail is very doable and quite pleasant the upper trail can be narrow and rocky at times, shoulder height brush but so worth it. I would hesitate to have small children on the upper trail. The loop took about six hours to complete.

hiking
3 months ago

take the time to drive up to the Wellington parking lot. The road entrance is off of Route 2 across from the west parking area of the Stevens Pass ski resort. From the parking lot your path takes you through the old structures of the railroad. If you stay on the upper level trail you can go for 6 miles on the easy path. Or if you want to go the round trip you will have to walk along the shoulder of Rt. 2 to get to the road that loops back up the hill.

hiking
over grown
3 months ago

hiking
over grown
3 months ago

nice trail but had a few spots overgrown including some nettles.

hiking
over grown
rocky
3 months ago

Great hike, amazing history, the upper trail of the loop was very over grown, but passable.

hiking
over grown
3 months ago

So cool to see the tunnels and (shhhhhhhh) venture inside a few! Great views on the higher trail and saw an owl fly out of a tunnel. We stopped and explored all of the caves so it took us longer. We went up the easy way and down the steep part.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy and interesting. Bonus dog friendly

hiking
3 months ago

a great easy trail to walk on... we used a stroller for our toddler LOVE the history at the begging and along the way on hike ...Kids learned a history leasson for sure... would love to do another family hike for sure

hiking
bugs
4 months ago

Some overgrown areas, bushwhacked what we could. LOTS of mosquitoes. Reminder, dogs need to be leashed at all times, a muzzle is NOT a replacement for a leash.

hiking
over grown
4 months ago

Great hike but a lot of overgrown areas.

hiking
bugs
4 months ago

Has a lot of shade throughout but it’s a long loop and could not find where the actual town with the 2 mile tunnel was. We did 3 miles there and 3 miles back from the bottom of Stevens Pass.

hiking
over grown
4 months ago

if you plan to hike the upper grade bring pants and boots; very overgrown in sections.

hiking
muddy
over grown
4 months ago

hiking
over grown
4 months ago

Might take a trip again soon. Love this hike. Maybe take new trails next time. Definitely over grown since I was out last time.

hiking
5 months ago

Overgrown brush on most of the trails with significant nettles for most about 4 of 6 miles.

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
5 months ago

I did this alone yesterday, 7-6-19. Depending if you have bad knees or ankles, I recommend going counter clock-wise. the last mile to go back to scenic from the upper grade is all down hill. you drop elevation pretty quickly. About 5 minutes in, I moved to the side to let a couple down, and i brushed up against a bush and it stang! so dont wear shorts or capri type pants. The tunnels are incredible. There is something eerie about being inside the tunnels, with their haunting beauty as you hear the passing train's hissing wheels in the distance. If you are only sticking to the lower grade and coming back the same way, the trail is in great condition- with the exception of a few feet of overgrown foliage. Other than that, its mixed between cement, wood bridges, and gravel. If you decide to go back using the Corea Crossover, it is a little more difficult. The trail narrows and there is a lot of dirt and rocks. I took Nike shoes and I wish I had used my actual hiking boots to do that portion. On the upper grade, the overgrowth is increased. There are portions where you cannot see the trail, so be careful! There are also portions where there are steep edges, watch your step. If you have children, dont let them run alone. This can easily turn a tad bit dangerous. like I said before the last mile, coming down from the upper grade, is a bunch of switchbacks. My legs were shaking coming down. Take it slow if you are coming down this way. it's mainly dirt and rocks. I ended up twisting my ankle on one of the rocks. There were bugs. The weather was a little on the cooler side. If you are planning on doing this hike, have fun but be careful on the upper grade.

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
5 months ago

completely confused why this trail is so highly rated. it was incredibly boring. 3/4th of it or more is in an incredibly narrow, muddy, overgrown forest trail and you cannot see anything. the only saving grace was the accessible remains of an abandoned rail line. the trail itself was incredibly underwhelming. don't go here.

hiking
5 months ago

Perfect for little kids! We didn’t do the whole trail but did 6 miles round trip. My 4 year old did great. Watch out for stinging nettle. Trail is great and easy.

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