Iron Horse Trail from Olallie State Park to Rattlesnake Lake

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Olallie State Park

Iron Horse Trail from Olallie State Park to Rattlesnake Lake is a 13.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near North Bend, Washington that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 13.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,079 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly


horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips



Exit 38 / Iron Horse Trail Nice trail through the forest up to the Deception Crags climbing area. The rock at Exit 38 is metamorphosed volcanic rock similar to Little Si, but generally more fractured. My son and I did a number of 5.8-5.10 sport climb routes on a number of the bolted climbing areas before and after the old railway line tressel. Virtually all of the routes in this area are sport climbs. This is a laid back area to climb which is a little less crowded than Little Si and other nearby areas. The trail is also shared by a the mix of cyclists and hikers.

Tue Sep 06 2016

I did this trail this weekend with my dog. The trail is very easy to walk and there are some great views in certain parts. The trail is heavily used by bicyclist so you need to be aware to move aside for them as protocol calls. The trail is mostly gravel so wear quality shoes or your feel will feel the impact. I actually wouldn't consider this a "hike" but more of a path to walk on for exercise. It was cool to see the groups of people out doing rock climbing and there are some great options for side trails if you want more of a hike (Cedar Butte and Twin Falls for example).

Tue May 31 2016

5/30/2016 (Monday, Memorial Day) - Group 8:50 - 12:30, sunny, 55-65F. Start from Homestead trailhead. First go to Twin Falls (4 miles, 2 hours), then to Change Creek and Hull Creek bridges, or Deception Crags, seeing a lot of rock climbers practicing there. Moderate traffic on a holiday. Parking lot gets full at 8:45. At noon, cars park all along the road. Trail to Twin Falls is wet, muddy, and partly covered by undergrowths. Raspberry gets ripe.

mountain biking
Sun Nov 01 2015

Trail was nice, nothing technical. Great for family rides.

mountain biking
Sat Oct 10 2015

This trail exceeded my expectations, and the tunnel at the end is pure fun. I went on a gray day, and still had so much fun that I barely made it back to the trailhead before dark. I will definitely be returning to explore further.

Sun Sep 27 2015

It's an easy walk/grade, but great for family walks/bike rides and wonderful views of the valley all along the way.

cross country skiing
Mon Mar 24 2014

Took the trail East from Hyak ski area along Keechelus lake eat 5mi out and back. The trail is on an abandoned railroad bead (groomed by the state), Very gentle grade. Great trail for beginning cross contry skiers.

road biking
Sun Jun 09 2013

Can be very fun for a small group bike ride. Take two cars to do this... Park one car in north bend or by rattlesnake lake and take the other car with the bikes to the east snoqualmie ski area (hyak) about 25 miles away. Ride your bikes underneath the ski area through a long tunnel (bring flashlights, pitch black) and continue on the iron horse trail downhill thin gravel all the way to north bend. It's a blast with bridges and amazing views! Saw a couple bears over the past several times I've done it! :)

Thu Apr 04 2013

My grandma, cousins and I walked this trail for the Mountain to Sound Greenway Project. We camped overnight at two different location. It was a nice "walk". The trail was pretty flat and clear the whole way which made walking 11 miles a day a breeze.

Tue Jul 31 2012

We did the first 3 miles from the Rattlesnake Lake end. Not really a hike--more of a walk. Very Easy, flat. Interesting.

Sun Jul 22 2012

This is a really fun and easy hike. The trail is well taken care of. There are really old train tunnels along the way (closed of course) with a few really cool waterfalls that you get to walk right next to because the trail runs parallel to the falls. This is a family friendly day hike. (pack a lunch and enjoy the day)

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