the Iron Goat Trail
This trail is a day-use site for hikers only. The trail is closed
to bicycles, stock animals and motor vehicles. The nearly 3-mile long lower grade between Scenic and Martin Creek is barrier-free and wheelchair-accessible. There is also a 3-mile
barrier-free section of moderate difficulty from Wellington to the Windy Point
Tunnel. Please help us ensure that your visit is a safe one and that the area
is preserved for generations to come.
For current trail conditions on the Iron Goat Trail, visit the
USDA forest service website,
or call the Skykomish Ranger District Office at
Pick up litter, but leave flowers, rocks and historic artifacts
in place, so that others may enjoy them also.
Stay on the trail, out of the tunnels, and off the old timbers
which are prone to collapse.
If you plan to visit the trail in winter, first check the road and avalanche
Print out a list of IGT plants and birds.
The Wellington trailhead melts out later in the year than
the Martin Creek trailhead, so if you want to hike the entire trail you
may want to check on trail conditions with the Skykomish Ranger Station
Pass Required: The
US Forest Service requires a day or annual Northwest Forest Pass for each vehicle parked
at either the Martin Creek or Wellington trailhead.
Other federal recreational lands passes that can
substitute for the Northwest Forest Pass include all of
the America The Beautiful, The National Parks and
Federal Recreational Lands Passes (Annual, Senior
[formerly 'Golden Age'], Access, and Military. Purchase
a day or annual permit from Skykomish Ranger Station,
many recreational outlets, or online. You can also obtain a free annual pass for working on two volunteer
work parties. No pass is needed to park at the Interpretive Site/Scenic Trailhead. For more information on the Northwest Forest Pass, refer to
the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie Forest Service
Heritage Interpretive Hikes
Four guided hikes will be scheduled during 2008, with three emphasizing wildflowers
and one focusing on railroad archaeology. The three wildflower hikes are scheduled for Saturdays May 22nd, June 7th and August 2nd .
hike is on October 4th (Saturday). Hikes last three to six hours, depending
on party interest and the weather. No signup is necessary, just meet at the
Skykomish Ranger Station at 9:30am.
Groups of 10 to 20 can arrange an interpretive hike on the first Saturday of June,
July, August and September. Please call the VOW office at 206-517-3019 at least three weeks in advance to
arrange a hike for your group.
What to bring
Daypack with rain gear, warm sweater, sturdy shoes, lunch and liquids. Binoculars
and cameras can add to the fun. Make sure you have a Northwest
Forest Pass or a valid Federal recreation pass for parking at the trailhead.