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Iron Horse Trail

Parent Category: Hiking
Created: 21 September 2014
Location: Snoqualmie Region, North Bend Area
Lengh: 9 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 300 ft
Highest Point: 1100 ft
GPS Coordinates: 47°26'00.6"N 121°46'03.0"W

Photo from Snoqualmie Region, North Bend Area, Iron Horse TrailPictures below will take you on a virtual tour along the best rails-to-trails conversions. Enjoy stunning views!!!


Photo from Snoqualmie Region, North Bend Area, Iron Horse Trail

The Iron Horse Trail or the John Wayne Pioneer Trail is one the best rails-to-trails type conversions in the country. Originally, this was the route known as “The Milwaukee Road”. It was in operation until the 1970s when the railroad company turned bankrupt. Government bought this land and turned it into a wonderful trail for non-motorized vehicles. Nowadays, this picturesque trail runs all the way across the State of Washington.

Photo from Snoqualmie Region, North Bend Area, Iron Horse Trail

Iron Horse Trail offers wonderful possibilities for an easy hiking or bicycling in the heart of picturesque region. The trail also provides access to many other connecting trails in the Cedar River divide area. In winter the route offers wonderful possibilities for skiers.

In summer this route is truly picturesque. You can ride a bike or hike it and enjoy green walls that surround you, lots of flowers of different colours, and you can even find and taste berries here.

The western part of the trail is located at Rattlesnake Lake Recreational Area. The old rail-trail crosses Boxley Creek and continues to run east along the flank of Cedar Butte. Iron Horse Trail is perfect for families with kids. The trail is wide, well-maintained and doesn’t gain much elevation, it’s pretty flat. Children enjoy this route because it is not exhausting for them. Kids have fun here, they can ride a bike, enjoy wildlife and sluicy streams. Check our pictures below and you will see with your own eyes how beautiful and diverse this trail is.

Photo from Snoqualmie Region, North Bend Area, Iron Horse Trail

There are several trestles that offer gorgeous vies of South Fork Snoqualmie Valley and Middle Fork Valley, also enjoy the views of Mount Si and Mailbox Peaks that can be found to the north. These wooden trestles can be found at 4.5 miles from the trailhead near Change Creek and near Hall Creek.


From Seattle:

Drive east on I-90 and take Exit 32 – 436thAvenue SE. Turn right on Cedar Falls Road SE and drive 4.5 miles. You will pass the Rattlesnake Lake parking lot and the Iron Horse Trailhead parking area will be found on the left.

These pictures were taken on August 18, 2014

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Photo: Roman Khomlyak

Photo Editing: Alex Mandryko

Information: Marina Petrova

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