Iron Horse Trail

Iron Horse Trail, North Bend: Address, Phone Number, Iron Horse Trail Reviews: 4.5/5

Iron Horse Trail
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A popular mountain biking trail located just outside Seattle.
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Michael L
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Excellent Trail for Day or Overnight Excursions
Jul 2020
Nice, wide rail-trail, though perhaps better suited to gravel or mountain bikes than hiking. The tunnel is quite dark and cold at all times of the year, and good lights are a necessity. With COVID a mask is recommended even if there aren't people right around you since it is a relatively closed environment.
Inside the tunnel is a packed surface that can readily be handled by wheelchairs and road bicycles. Outside the tunnel the trail surface is gravel. There are hands-free flush toilets and hands-free faucets at the Hyak trailhead, with ample parking and picnic tables. Discover Pass required for parking. Pleasantly surprised to see a bike stand and compressed air dispenser by the restrooms!
Heading east along the trail one can find views of the lakes, trail-side camping areas and road access to the nearby towns. Very peaceful.
Written July 12, 2020
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Pepper
Seattle, WA1,698 contributions
This is so cool- and you don't have to go through the tunnel to have fun
Jun 2020
You can bike this or walk this. The big paths are perfect for bikes, electric bikes or walking with your dog-like we did. . I didn';t go through the tunnel ( I don't like tunnels) but there is plenty of trail before that.
Written June 19, 2020
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mabinho
Seville, Spain1,528 contributions
great country
Aug 2019
we only walked a little of the trail, but spent time in the area followed much of its trajectory through beautiful surrounding countryside - lakes, rivers, forests, and mountains. Based on an old railway line, a clear track and manageable inclines.
Written September 4, 2019
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Don H
Kirkland, WA922 contributions
Great walk
Sep 2018 • Couples
Call it a walk out call it a hike but this almost 300 mile long trail is awesome that traverses essentially all of the ecosystems of the state except for Alpine. Impossible to get lost as well. Get out there and try it out.
Written November 10, 2018
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Matt P
Seattle, WA4 contributions
Great Place to ride!
Sep 2018
This is a wonderful trail for biking with your friends. While it's fun to ride from top down, i recommend pedaling from Rattlesnake to Hyak and back.
Written October 2, 2018
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Marvin
Spanaway, WA19 contributions
An excellent experience
Aug 2018
My adult son and I rode bicycles from the Cedar Falls Trailhead to the Thorpe Trailhead. We stopped at Easton Lake State Park to camp over night. The trail is moderately challenging but very doable. There are restroom facilities scattered throughout the trail. Non potable water is available in the form of streams and ponds so bring a filter. Fresh drinking water is available ONLY at Hyak, Easton and Cle Elum.
Written August 27, 2018
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craigdahl
Seattle, WA8 contributions
Challenging yet worth it.
Jul 2018
I began riding my bike at the Rattlesnake area on the Iron Horse Trail. The trail is packed gravel most of the way at an approximate 2% grade heading east to the tunnel. It was a great workout, riding uphill for some 19 miles, and enjoying the beautiful flowers along the way. Occasionally the trail opened up showing a view of the mountains towards the north. I was surprised that there wasn't too many bicyclist on the trail. It took me almost 4 hours to reach the tunnel and 1 hour and 40 minutes to go down.
Written July 8, 2018
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Jim R
Bellingham, WA277 contributions
Long state park
Jun 2018 • Solo
This trail technically runs across the state, but is accessible from North Bend to Ellensburg (and Vantage?). Gravel requires wide bike tires. There is I-90 noise almost the entire distance even though most of the time you can't see the freeway. Most of the distance, you're out there absolutely alone - with the noise. Every place you can park requires a Discover pass and back country campsites with a small pad and shared picnic table are $12. Everybody makes a big deal out of the 2 mile tunnel under Snoqualmie pass, but it's a dark tunnel with ready access from Hyak and nothing on the other end but, you guessed it, freeway noise, and miles of rail trail to the trailhead near North Bend.
Written July 2, 2018
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LeonaT
Kelowna, Canada1,088 contributions
Worth it - Bike/walk or run
Aug 2016 • Solo
I ran this trail for the Jack and Jill Marathon. It is hard packed and the views are wonderful. Gradual downhill that you don't realize until you get to the very end of the trail. Bring lots of water and food but well worth travelling through the old railway tunnels.
Bring a flashlight, it is dark in there.
Written September 2, 2016
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343cindyr
Snoqualmie Pass, WA274 contributions
Nice trail
Feb 2016 • Couples
This trail is groomed for cross country skiing in the winter and goes along the Keechelus reservoir. There are some primitive campgrounds along the trail.

In the summer the trail is open to hikers and bikers and the old Snoqualmie Tunnel is open to both and is a nice bike ride down to the Cedar River Watershed.

Be aware that the tunnel is about 2 miles long and pitch black- take a headlamp and be sure to have something warm to wear. Even when temperatures are in the 90's the tunnel is very cool.

Parking is available at the trail head (you need a permit) and the lot is usually full on winter weekends. Don't park in the adjacent neighborhood. While in the mountains it is a residential area where street parking is not allowed and you will get a ticket!
Written February 12, 2016
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