Past Meetup

Iron Horse Winter Hike {Ollalie State Park TH}

This Meetup is past

4 people went


Approximate time-frame for the day:

8:00AM-4:00PM {driving/hiking}|4:30PM-6:30PM {post-hike refreshment}

General driving route: Tully's to I-5 to Hwy 18 to I-90 to exit #38

{This will be a hike, not a snowshoe}

*If the Ollalie TH is inaccessible due to a considerable amount of snow, we will begin at the Rattlesnake Lake TH, which is a few miles west. High-clearance vehicles are recommended if we do start from the Ollalie TH.

We'll enjoy a nice leisurely winter hike on this rails-to-trails route for a few miles..{at times in the open and sometimes under a nice forest canopy}. The peace and tranquility of a post-Christmas adventure is sure to be inspiring.

{Here is an excerpt from TrailLink}

The Iron Horse State Park trail was constructed from the western section of the Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad bed and is part of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail. The 66.5 miles of trail extends from Twin Falls near North Bend above the Snoqualmie River valley, through Snoqualmie Pass and east along the Yakima River valley through riparian woodlands, dry coniferous forest, broadleaf forest and open agricultural lands to Thorp. Here it connects with the Kittitas section of Iron Horse. The trail elevation descends from 3,100' to 1,500' at a 2% grade or less.

{Here is an excerpt from WTA}

(IF we start at the Rattlesnake Lk TH)

From Rattlesnake Lake, start up the old trail as it crosses Boxley Creek and heads east along the northern flank of Cedar Butte. The trail is relatively flat and wide enough for a family of four to walk side by side. Take your time and enjoy the walk along this historic route.

You will experience the stunning views out over the lower South Fork Snoqualmie Valley and its intersection with the broad Middle Fork Valley. Mount Si and Mailbox Peaks stand tall to the north, marking the west and east flanks of the Middle Fork Valley.

TRIP STATS: RT Mileage: 5-7 Elevation Gain: Minimal (450') Highest Point: 1,300' Type: Out and back Nearby City: North Bend Season: Year-round Strain Level: Easy-to-Moderate {there is some uphill from the parking area to the Iron Horse Trail, about 1/4 mile} TH Location: Ollalie State Park area Dogs Allowed? YES (leashed) Pass Required? YES (Discover Pass)

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Driving Directions:

From Seattle drive east on I-90 to exit 38. Go right and drive for 0.3 mile. Turn right on Homestead Valley RD and follow about .1 mile to the parking lot/trailhead.

Please bring:

Dayhike essentials, water, energy snacks/lunch, sturdy/comfortable footwear, 'warm wearables'-including a knit hat, gloves, scarf and other articles of clothing to keep the extremities warm & dry. Prepare for the forecast!

A couple of reminders:

*Bring cash to give to your driver for fuel {$15} and an extra plastic bag for wet & muddy footwear, if necessary

*Please carpool when possible-most trailheads have limited parking!

*Remember..a DISCOVER PASS is required for parking at the trailhead!

In addition..

We will probably be making a stop for dinner post-hike either in North Bend, Snoqualmie or Issaquah.

Mike's cell|253-985-1992

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