Let's visit the scariest place in America!
Scenic, Washington: Old Cascade Tunnel: Scariest Place in America?
Let's visit this site first and then we can head off for a pleasant hike along the Iron Goat Trail.
Iron Goat Trail
Old tunnel along the Iron Goat Trail. Photo by Alan Bauer
Location: Stevens Pass - east
Distance: 5.7 mile loop
Haunted qualities: 1910 railroad disaster & spooky tunnels
The Iron Goat Trail marks the site of one of the worst railroad disasters in US history: an enormous 1910 avalanche on Windy Mountain that swept two trains off the track at the Wellington depot and into Tye Creek. Nearly 100 lives were lost. The old railroad grade and its tunnels were abandoned in 1929 in favor of the current Cascade tunnel, and what was left has been crafted into the Iron Goat Trail. When you're walking the trail, imagine being perched up there in a rickety old train on a snowy winter day.
>> Before you go, learn more about the Iron Goat Trail's history. And read about the trail in WTA's Hiking Guide.