Seattle: Iron Goat Trail

Trace the abandoned Great Northern Railroad to remarkable stone tunnels, collapsed avalanche sheds, and super views of the Cascades on this 12.2-mile, out-and-back historical hike.
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Trace the abandoned Great Northern Railroad to remarkable stone tunnels, collapsed avalanche sheds, and super views of the Cascades on this 12.2-mile, out-and-back historical hike.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 9.9

Waypoints

IGT001

Location: 47.7297897338867, -121.206443786621

Head SSW on trail

IGT002

Location: 47.7274055480957, -121.205108642578

Turn L, bearing N up Martin Creek Crossover

IGT003

Location: 47.7288856506348, -121.205337524414

Veer R onto Iron Goat Trail, heading SSW again

IGT004

Location: 47.7250480651856, -121.203872680664

Abandoned RR tunnel

IGT005

Location: 47.7243041992188, -121.201614379883

Stay straight; pass the Corea Crossover Trail on R

IGT006

Location: 47.7214622497559, -121.182098388672

Reach first of many concrete retaining walls dating back to early 1900s

IGT007

Location: 47.7206001281738, -121.180221557617

Turn L

IGT008

Location: 47.7194061279297, -121.1767578125

Short RR tunnel

IGT009

Location: 47.7144966125488, -121.158592224121

Windy Point Tunnel

IGT010

Location: 47.714469909668, -121.154067993164

Windy Point; views of the Cascades and an old rail town appropriately named Scenic: trail swings NE

IGT012

Location: 47.7405471801758, -121.134460449219

West portal to a ½-mile long concrete shed built to protect the railroad from avalanches

IGT013

Location: 47.7473068237305, -121.127166748047

Wellington trailhead; return to car via same route

IGT011

Location: 47.721363067627, -121.146606445312

In 1910, the deadliest avalanched ever in the U.S. broke from the steep, clearcut flanks of Windy Mountain, pushing two trains off the tracks into Tye Creek; 96 died