Is the Iron Goat Trail Haunted?

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Some people say it is. Some folks claim they see shadows of people and hear whispers when hiking the trail. Iron Goat Trail can be quite an experience.

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What exactly happened at this site?

A severe snow storm took place in February, 1910, where up to a foot of snow fell every hour on the worst day (11 feet). Late on February 28th, the snow stopped and rain and wind took over. Two trains were trapped in the Wellington depot.

On March 1st, lightning caused snow to break loose from Windy Mountain during a thunderstorm. The mass of snow fell toward town hitting the railroad depot. The snowshed wasn't able to handle the massive snow. The impact caused the trains to be thrown into the Tye River.

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The avalanche just missed taking out the Bailets Hotel. The survivors were pulled from the wreckage by railroad employees who were staying at the hotel. Due to unfavorable weather, it wasn't until 21 weeks later (July) that most of the bodies were able to be retrieved from the wreckage.

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Remnants from the wreckage remain on the trail today.

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The Iron Goat Trail is located near Steven's Pass in the Central Cascades.

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The Iron Goat Trail is easily accessible from Highway 2.

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You may see and hear a little more than you bargained for.

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