Saturday, November 7, 2015

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Iron Goat Trail

Updated: 11-7-2015

This is all snowfree and you hike on an old railroad bed that is now a trail and past old snowsheds, tunnels and waterfalls. Oh, yes nice views.  There are several approaches to this hike off of Highway 2 and we went via the Martin Creek Trail.  Thanks to Alan Bauer for many of the photos.
View from Windy Point , fresh snow near Stevens Pass
One of the many waterfalls
Walking along the old snowshed
Most of the trail is level, 1716 miles to Minneapolis 
3/4 mile tunnel
Driving Directions: Take Hwy 2 toward Stevens Pass, to milepost 55. Turn left onto the Old Cascade Highway. At the junction with FR 6710, take a  left onto FR 6710. In l.4 miles reach the trailhead Marten Creek.

Trail Stats: Start trail on boardwalk and you go perhaps 1/8 of a mile and then turn left to upper trail. Hike east  to Windy Point a great lunch spot with views. Then you can continue on about  another 2.6 miles through and through a tunnel and to the old Wellington site. If you go to this location than it's about 6.5 miles one way. Of course one can go much shorter and still get great views.

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