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Description - Iron Horse State Park covers 1611 acres of land of which there are 66.5 miles of trail along the former railbed.

Attractions - The 66.5 miles managed by the Lake Easton Area extends from Twin Falls near North Bend above the Snoqualmie River valley, through Snoqualmie Pass, east along the Yakima River valley through riparian woodlands, dry coniferous forest, broadleaf forest, and open agricultural lands to Thorp. Here it connects with the Kittitas section of Iron Horse. The trail elevation descends from 3100' to 1500', not in excess of a 2% grade.

Within this area, there are thirty substantial trestles, four tunnels (one of which is 2.3 miles long), two snowsheds, three developed trailheads located at South Cle Elum, Easton, and a USFS area at Hyak.

The Easton trailhead has two vault toilets and five picnic tables, water, a loading ramp and a 21-vehicle parking lot.

Recreation - Non-motorized activities such as walking, bicycling, horseback riding, cross country skiing, dog sledding, and fishing are enjoyed in the park.

Climate - Washington's climate varies with each region. The Cascades split the state and alter weather patterns. Moisture bearing winds coming from the west give generous amounts of precipitation to the western slopes of the mountains, with wintertime snow above 3000 feet. This area has an average annual precipitation of 104 inches and an average wintertime snow depth of 87 inches.

Average maximum summer temperatures are in the mid to high 60s with a minimum average in the mid 40s. Because of the elevation and distance from the moderating oceans, winter temperatures are much colder than those in in the Seattle area, with minimum temperatures in the 20s and maximum temperatures in the 30s.

Location - Iron Horse State Park is located in Kittitas and King counties along I-90. The Lake Easton section begins at Cedar Falls near North Bend east to Thorp.

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Brian
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We mountain biked from Hyak to Rattlesnake Lake. The trail was great. We picked the only bad weekend in June to go. We were not dressed for the weather, got soaked and covered in mud but had fun and will ride the trail again in nicer weather. Be sure to have a good headlight for travel throught the tunnel as it is very dark. The scenery is great with some spectacular views from the trestles.

Filed By: Brian (Port Orchard, WA)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Having never ridden this trail before, I decided to give it a try. I started out from the Cedar Falls trailhead near North Bend. The trail is an old railroad grade and it's in great shape. You'll see many remnants of the railroad along the trail, like old rusty spikes and mile markers that report the distance to Chicago. There are also many old telephone poles with lines that have long since rusted. There are several places to stop and rest along the trail and toilets are available. You'll go through places like Ragnar, Garcia, and Rockdale as you make the gradual climb up to Snoqualmie Pass, and you'll see spectacular scenery all along the route so don't forget your camera. At Rockdale, you'll go into the long Snoqualmie Tunnel which was built between 1912-1914. The tunnel is over 2 miles long, so be sure to bring a flashlight and maybe a jacket because it's cool in there and water falls down from the ceiling in places. When you finally arrive at the east end of the tunnel, you'll be at Hyak which is as far as I went this time. At Hyak there are signs that talk about the history of the railroad. Then it was time for me to head back into the tunnel and start the journey back to Cedar Falls. The return trip was faster because it was all downhill. It was late afternoon when I went through and it seemed like I was the only person on the trail. A deer ran right out in front of me and nearly scared me to death, but she let me pass. I saw a couple more deer plus a few other animals on the way back. I arrived back at Cedar Falls a bit tired, covered in dust from the trail, and extremely happy that I decided to make the trip. The only regret I have is that I forgot to bring my camera.

Filed By: Nathan Lake (Issaquah, WA)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Snow still covers the road about 3 miles west of the tunnel, but there is considerably less snow than just 2 weeks ago.

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Contact Information:
Iron Horse State Park, c/o Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park, P.O. Box 1203 , Vantage, WA, 98950, Phone: 509-856-2700, Fax: 509-856-2294

Additional Information:
Seattle Area/Volcano Country - This is Volcano Country, home of three volcanoes and a gorge, all in remarkably close proximity to urban centers, from Portland to Puget Sound. This region includes the Seattle and Tacoma metropolitan areas as well as Vancouver, Washington.
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