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The Iron Goat Trail consists of a lower section and an upper section. The lower section is an easy 1.2 mile handicapped accessible trail and the upper section is a more difficult 6 mile hike. The trail is named "Iron Goat" because the Rocky Mountain goat was the Great Northern Railway logo. Mountain goats are still seen in the Stevens Pass area.

The story of the Iron Goat began over 100 years ago when the last spike of the Great Northern Railway was driven, completing one of the most remarkable engineering feats of the nineteen century. It marked the crossing of the Cascades at Stevens Pass which helped open the Pacific Northwest to settlement and trade with the rest of the road.

Directions: From Skykomish, Drive 6 miles east on U.S. Hwy. 2 to milepost 55. Turn north onto the Old Cascade Hwy. #67. Proceed to the junction with Road #6710. Turn onto this road and proceed 1.4 miles to the Martin Creek Trailhead parking lot.

Elevation: 2,000 feet

Ending Elevation: 2,500 feet

Elevation Gain: 500 feet

Distance: 7.2 miles

Usage: Heavy

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

 
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Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington


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