The Evergreen State is filled with those always seeking out an outdoor adventure. And if you're one of those people who love spooks year-round, this spot is for you. This haunted hike in Washington will take you to a chilling disaster site that's not for the faint of heart. 

Located in the North Cascade region of the Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, the Iron Goat Trail is considered a site of one of the worst railroad disasters in the history of the United States. 

Lightning struck mountains, causing a major avalanche to derail, not one but two trains, causing over 100 casualties in its wake.

Although the tracks were abandoned after the incident in 1929, a moderate, 8-mile roundtrip hike will take you to this spot. 

You'll need a $5 Northwest Forest Pass for each vehicle parked at the trailhead, and it's best to visit between March and November when you can see wildflowers and foliage along the way. 

The trail takes you through a loop of wooden bridges strewn across creeks, and tiny waterfalls as they cascade over collapsed logs and tunnels.

You'll even encounter a bright, red caboose that's a popular photo op. 

Signs along the way will dish out historical facts about the place and the disaster that went down here. 

So, why are we calling this place haunted?

After the people who lost their lives at this spot, solo hikers have reported voices echoing through the eerie tunnels

Claims have also included seeing apparitions, invisible hands touching them, chills, and hair standing on end for no apparent reason. 

Plus, screams have been heard around Tye Creek in Wellington, the site of the mishap, which is now a literal ghost town. 

If this isn't creepy, we don't know what is. 

Entering the Old Cascade Tunnel is strictly prohibited because the old structures are on the verge of collapse.

We don't know if it's that or the supposed spirits, but nighttime hiking is also not allowed here.

However, there's a viewpoint on the west end of this area to get a glimpse of history. 

Even if you're venturing out here during the day, we'd recommend getting a friend or your dog (yes, thankfully, they're allowed on a leash!) along for this haunted hike. 

Iron Goat Trail

Difficulty: Moderate

Length: Approximately 8.4-miles out and back

Address: Iron Goat Trail, Leavenworth, WA

Why You Need To Go: This hike will take you to creepy tunnels — the site of one of the worst railroad disasters in America's history.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment and don't enter the tunnels.


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