Hiking Washington's Railroad History

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Group: Atlas Obscura

When: Saturday, August 26, 12–4 pm

Where: Skykomish, WA

Cost: $25

Details: Join us for an afternoon hike as we learn about Washington State's early railroad history, and explore the remnants of its deadliest avalanche.

During our four-hour, one-way, 3.5-mile hike, we will follow the old rail line and experience rail history first hand, as we pass several old railway tunnels, snow sheds, and scenic viewpoints along the Iron Goat hiking trail. Join Field Agent Jared Steed as we hike this historic path, learning about Washington's early railroad history, the town of Wellington, and the tragic events of March 1, 1910. Our tour will end at the former Wellington town site, as we explore the site of the deadly avalanche, the town's remnants, and explore the bits of warped train wreckage that were never carried off the mountain, and still crumble under the overgrowth of the Tye River Valley as a reminder of nature’s terrible wrath.

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