Today I’m FINALLY hiking! My aunts Arlene and Arneta are coming down to cheer my mom and I on for the 1/2 marathon tomorrow and on the way we’re meeting up for a hike! Fun day ahead.
Hope you enjoy reading about the hike below 🙂 The second picture is amazing.
Hike: Iron Goal Trail (WA)
Today’s hike had it all. We were able to experience scenery and history. We had noisy trains and solitude (we hiked 3 hours and never saw another hiker); and we experienced all three states of water in the changing microclimates. The 7 mile round trip hike took us along an old railroad route that had crossed Stevens Pass over 100 years ago, during a time of heavy snows in the Cascades (often accumulations of 15 feet). We saw numerous snow barricades to protect trains from avalanches as well as impressive spillways.
We were treated to views of neighboring peaks throughout the hike. We watched the fog lift as we hiked in. By the time we reached Windy Point, we got to experience a bit of hiking in the clouds and fog ourselves.
The last mile of the trail was snow covered, so we got to crunch our way on the crusted snow. There had been one hiker in the day before, and we could see where he had used snowshoes, but the snow really wasn’t deep enough in most places to be a problem.
Our guide book suggested this is not a winter hike. The high point was 2800 feet, but with the relatively warm weather of late, this hike was quite nice today, and the snow on the trail was a good reminder of the challenge of getting large trains through the Cascade Mountains.