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Halloween Hike - Iron Goat Trail

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

Iron Goat tunnel
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.

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  • Kathy L.

    This was a great hike despite the rain. We pretty much had the trail to ourselves. It was very peaceful. We probably had some ghosts trailing us but it wasn't very scary.

    October 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    are we meeting at the trailhead at 10am?

    October 26, 2012

  • Kathy L.

    Ghosts of the Iron Goat
    Many of us have hiked the Iron Goat Trail near Stevens Pass. Many of us know this is the historic railroad grade, and that "Iron Goat" was the nickname for the Great Northern Railway that once connected the Northwest with the rest of the country. But perhaps not so many know the story of the Wellington avalanche, which took the lives of 96 people nearly one hundred years ago, on March 1, 1910.

    Two trains, delayed by snow west of the entrance to the Cascade Tunnel, were stranded for six days at the foot Windy Mountain, above Tye Creek. Crews were unable to clear the tracks, and on March 1 a huge avalanche swept the trains away, killing 35 passengers and 61 railroad employees. It remains the deadliest avalanche in U.S. history. Read more about the disaster on HistoryLink.

    Here's a trip report from 2005 to give you a sense of what you'll encounter up there. Listen for ghosts.

    October 24, 2012

  • Kathy L.

    This hike, itself, will probably take 3 - 4 hours to complete. Come prepared for rain and/or possibly snow.
    Driving Directions:
    Drive US 2 east to the small town of Skykomish. Continue for another 9 miles, turning left into the Iron Goat Interpretive Site (elev. 2100 ft). Privy available. If the lot is gated, park across US 2, using caution when crossing the busy highway.

    October 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Doesn't this event clash with the opening of the off leash park??? What if people want to go to both??

    October 24, 2012

    • Kathy L.

      You have to decide which you want to do. You cannot attend both. This may happen frequently where there are more than one meet up events happening at the same time. Please be sure to only RSVP to the one you are going to attend.

      October 24, 2012

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