Follow the Iron Goat 

June 1, 2015

Plymouth hikers will hike parts of the Iron Goat Trail Saturday, June 13. The trail goes along the former road-bed of the Great Northern Railroad high above Stevens Pass. The route was abandoned because of disastrous avalanches; the train now goes through a tunnel visible below Windy Point. Long-time Plymouth member and volunteer extraordinaire Ruth Ittner spearheaded much of the trail restoration work and led a Plymouth hike there in the 1980s.   

Al and I will offer a short hike and a longer hike, starting at the Wellington Trailhead. Both are fairly flat, nothing a train couldn't do. The short hike may go as far as 2.65 miles to Windy Point and then back to the trailhead (or less as the group wishes). The longer hike will be 8.2 miles, past Windy Point to the Martin Creek trailhead and back on a lower grade to Scenic. This can be a beautiful hike (on a clear day) high above Highway 2 and Stevens Pass. If the weather is bad, we'll modify.

Meet at Northgate Transit Center Park and Ride at 8:30 am in the southeast corner, near 3rd Avenue and N.E. 100th St. Bring a lunch. We will carpool from there. If you need a ride from Northgate to the trailhead, let me know. The drive to the trailhead takes about one and a half hours. –Judy Bentley bentley.judy@gmail.com



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