IRON HORSE STATE PARK
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.
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.
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.
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.