Running through the heart of Monroe and Sultan, Stevens Pass Highway serves as the northern corridor for the beautiful Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. As described by Howard Voland in the July 9th, 2013 edition of the Monroe Monitor the highway is home to hiking trails suitable for all ages and skill levels.
The gem of the forest is undoubtedly the Iron Goat Trail System. which consists of the Iron Goat Interpretive Site, Martin Creek Trailhead, and the Wellington Trailheads. The primary trail is almost nine miles long and gains 1000 feet. The trail ravels along the Old Northern Railroad line through natural landmarks and ends with a walk under a concrete snowshed that opens to the beginning of the Wellington Trail Head.
The Iron Goat Interpretive Site features two trails. The first is one mile in length and features a steep series of switch backs ascending 700 feet to Windy Point Overlook which is known for its breath-taking view of Stevens Pass. The other trail is both wheelchair and stroller accessible as it is only about three miles long and gains only 350 feet until it reaches the Martin Creek Trail head.
Further works by Howard Voland can be found at www.ravenwriters.com
All Photos by Eric Marquez