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green John Wayne Pioneer Trail: Hyak to Rattlesnake Lake

Trail

22.2 mile 35.7 kilometer point to point
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 1,460' 445 m
Descent: -3,056' -931 m
High: 3,875' 1,181 m
Low: 976' 298 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 45% (24°)

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Trail shared by Rick Oakley

A rail-to-trail conversion that features a two-mile tunnel, four tall railroad trestles, and scenic views of the valley.

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Family Friendly Start at Hyak and its all downhill! Hiking through the tunnel is a unique experience that the kids will love.

  • Bring a charged light and some extra layers. You'll need it for the very long, dark, and cold tunnel.
  • Before you start hiking, make sure to leave a retrieval car at the end of the trail. Unless you want to hike all the way back.
  • Snoqualmie Tunnel is closed from October to April. Snow and ice are common on the trail in the winter, and the trail passes through avalanche chutes east of Bandera.

Description

Also known as the Iron Horse Trail, this gentle descending trail is an easy hike for adults and kids and is popular with families as a point-to-point hike that starts at Hyak and ends at Cedar Falls for an enjoyable, possibly multi-day, 22-mile downhill hike. The trail features many scenic viewpoints of the upper Snoqualmie Valley. Note that the steep climb shown in the elevation profile doesn't account for the tunnel through the mountain.

Camping is also possible, with campsites located at Alice Creek and Carter Creek. Bring $12 cash to complete the on-site self-issue.

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Sep 15, 2018
Darren Moss
5mi — 2h 00m
Sep 16, 2017
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