Enjoy beautiful views of surrounding mountains, learn the history of the Wellington train disaster from interpretive signs and rest on comfortable trailside benches. Follow the abandoned Great Northern Railway with gentle grades and various hiking options at each trailhead to accommodate people of all abilities.
Drive US Highway 2 to milepost 58.3. Turn north onto Old Cascade Highway, then take an immediately right turn into the Iron Goat Interpretive Site, maintained by the Washington State Department of Transportation.
The trailhead offers accessible restroom facilities, informational kiosks, and sign in boards.
The trailhead here is the Iron Goat Interpretive Site, with extensive historical interpretive displays, and additional signs along the trail to Martin Creek or Windy Point. Learn how the intercontinental Great Northern Railway became a pioneering force through this region of the Cascades. The distance to the Martin Creek trailhead on the easy lower grade switchback is 2.8 miles. Or, for a challenging uphill climb, follow the Windy Point crossover trail to the Windy Point overlook for a great view of the western portal of the eight-mile long Cascade Tunnel.