Iron Goat Trail Hike – Skykomish, WA

Nearly all 700ft of elevation gain is right at the beginning, which kinda sucked butt. After that the trail levels off and it’s essentially a walk through history. The train tunnels were creepy as shit, and I’m pretty sure they’re a hobo hideout. The snow sheds were amazing to see up close and there are historic photos along the trail that showed the damage/train wreck that occurred when an avalanche threw a train off the tracks back in the early 1900’s. The ghost town of Wellington is all but gone, although I think there’s some shitty looking shed that might have been a part of it. It was stupid, so I didn’t pay much attention.

At the end of the trail there was a huge ass tank that they used to purposely cause avalanches in the winter. They have a camera on it and claim that “someone is watching you,” but even if you ignore the fact that the cord isn’t plugged into anything, the camera is also pointed 8ft above the height of any living human. So jump all over that shit!

Pretty fun trail, with a lot of history. Definitely worth checking out, but I wouldn’t call it much of a hike. I had a lot of energy left over afterwards and spent it wisely sitting on the couch, and drinking beer.

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