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Iron Horse State Park
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Iron Horse State Park is a 1,612-acre park that was once part of the path of the Chicago-Milwaukee-St. Paul-Pacific Railroad. More than 100 miles of trail extends from Cedar Falls to the Columbia River. High trestles provide spectacular views of the valley below. The park offers more than 100 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trail along the route of a historic railroad. Winter sport opportunities are available. Park hours/updates:

Summer: 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.Winter: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The park is open year round for day use. The Snoqualmie Pass Tunnel closes Nov. 1 each year. The tunnel is scheduled to reopen June 1.

A Sno-Park permit is required from Nov. 15 through April 30.
Nature of the Area
Mammals Birds Fish & Sea Life? Bears? Bobcats? Chipmunks? Coyotes? Deer or Elk? Marmots? Otters? Rabbits? Raccoons? Skunks? Squirrels? Crows or Ravens? Doves or Pigeons? Ducks? Eagles? Geese? Grouse? Hawks? Herons? Hummingbirds? Jays? Ospreys? Owls? Pheasants? Quail? Woodpeckers? Wrens

Environmental Features Physical Features Plant Life Special

In the Cascade Mountains, the trail cuts through basalt outcroppings, exposing large cliffs that tower above the trail. West of Thorp, the trail cuts through a sandstone deposit.

? Cedar? Nobel Fir? Ponderosa Pine? Yew? Alder? Apple? Maple? Oak? Daisy? Foxglove? Lupines? Orchids? Paintbrush? Rose? Berries? Ferns? Moss or Lichens

Remnants of the old railroad are still present: trestles, tunnels, bridges, signal foundations, ties, spikes, etc.

History of the Area
Originally, the trail right-of-way was part of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad. The railroad operated between 1908 and 1980, when the company went into bankruptcy. The state's Department of Natural Resources acquired much of the property and turned it over to State Parks, which continues to acquire land and make improvements to the area.
Park Store
Available in the area ? Camping? Groceries? Hardware? Hospital

Most services are within a few miles, either side of the length of the trail.
There are four campgrounds along the trail, each with three to four campsites, one picnic table and a vault toilet. They are located at milepost 2109.5 at Roaring Creek, milepost 2113.2 at Cold Creek, milepost 2123.2 at Carter Creek and milepost 2127.1 at Alice Creek.

Camping is also available near the trail at U.S. Forest Service campgrounds at Tinkham, Denny Creek, Lake Kachess and Crystal Springs. There is state park camping at Lake Easton and Wanapum.

More about park hours Check-in time is 2:30 p.m., and check-out time is 1 p.m.Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.Engine-driven electric generators may be operated only between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.Length of stay: You may stay up to ten consecutive days in any one park during the summer; the stay limit is extended to 20 days between Oct. 1 and March 31.

Iron Horse State Park is located near Auburn, Bellevue and Issaquah

Area Attractions
Trails Water Activities Other? 110 mi. Hiking Trails? 110 mi. Bike Trails? 110 mi. Horse Trails ? Fishing (freshwater) ? Bird Watching? Interpretive Activities? Mountain Biking? Rock Climbing? Wildlife Viewing

Winter Recreation? Cross-country Skiing? Dog Sledding? Snowmobiling? Snowshoeing

The 100-mile-long John Wayne Pioneer Trail meanders through a variety of ecosystems and geological zones. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the trail with the exception of snowmobiles in winter, which are allowed from Stampede Pass Rd. to Cabin Creek. Horse-drawn wagon users must obtain a key to the gates of Lake Easton State Park.

New shuttle service: Agate Pass Transportation, LLC is providing a new shuttle service for hikers and bicyclists using the John Wayne Pioneer Trail. Users from Seattle and Western Washington can park at Rattlesnake Lake and Cedar Falls, take the shuttle up I-90 and then hike or bike back down. From Eastern Washington, users can park at the Hyak trailhead, hike or bike down to Cedar Falls and then take the shuttle back to their autos. For fee and schedule information call (877) Bus-up-90, (877) 981-2022, e-mail [email protected] or go online at

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
August 6 Thank you ever so, much by Smalls
You are preserving an absolutely, but simple place that I, Smalls, may continue To be, feel and remember my mother For this, I am eternally grateful,
June 21 Trail will reopen
There has been a problem in the tunnels and there was a washout just East of the summit. These have now been repaired, and as of July, 2011, the trail will reopen between Cedar Falls and Hyak.
October 15 Why is the trail closed? by MJL.
We tried to walk from the cedar falls learning center to the state Park and the trail is closed. what is the problem.
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Area Campgrounds
Snoqualmie River RV Park & Campground
34807 SE 44th Place
Fall City, WA
Blue Sky R.V. Park
9002 302nd Avenue SE
Preston, WA
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Located from Rattlesnake Lake to the Yakima River Valley in King and Kittitas Counties.

From Cedar Falls:Leave I-90 at exit #32. Drive south on Cedar Falls Road 3.5 miles.

From Twin Falls:Leave I-90 at exit #38, eastbond traffic turn right off exit, cross river and turn right into parking lot marked ?Twin Falls natural area.?

Westbound traffic:Turn left at exit, drive approx. two miles and park in the second lot on left marked "Twin Falls Natural Area."

From McClellan Butte:Leave I-90 on exit #42, USFS Trailhead, turn south at exit. Follow signs.

From Annette Lake:Leave I-90 on exit #47, USFS trailhead, turn south at exit and follow signs.

From Hyak:Leave I-90 at exit #54, turn south at exit, turn east (left) on Hwy-906, 1/2 mile turn right on Lake Keechelus boat launch road, turn right on next road approx. 200 ft. In winter, you will need a Sno-Park permit to park in this lot.

From Easton:Leave I-90 at exit #71, turn south to stop sign, cross Railroad Street, railroad tracks, turn left. Drive 1.4 mile to the parking area.

From South Cle Elum:Leave I-90 at exit #84, follow signs to South Cle Elum. Once in town, follow signs to parking area.

From Thorp:Leave I-90 at exit #101, turn north on Thorp Hwy, 1/2 mile turn left on Thorp Depot Road and 1/4 mile to parking area.


Washington State Parks