destination industry: skykomish

Take highway 2 out to the northeast corner of King County, and discover the rich history that is tucked into the mountain side…

Begin with a morning hike along the Iron Goat Trail, a recreational trail which follows the Great Northern railroad grade. Constructed largely by volunteers over the past decade, the trail offers intriguing glimpses of industrial relics along the route, and outstanding scenic views. Visit the website for parking areas, trail maps and additional history.

Once you’ve worked up a sufficient appetite, stop in the town of Skykomish for lunch and take a stroll around an old railroad town. The town (known as ‘Sky’ to locals) got its start in 1892 during the construction of the Great Northern Railroad, the last transcontinental railroad built in Washington State. Visit the local museum at its temporary location in the WPA-built National Forest Service complex along the Old Cascades Highway for a walking guide, and information on the cleanup that is currently taking place.

Like a little preview before you go?

Listen to a brief history of Skykomish.

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Image: Snowshed along the Iron Goat Trail, 2008, 4Culture