Iron Horse State Park

Iron Horse State Park is a 1,612-acre park that was once part of the path of the Chicago-Milwaukee-St. Paul-Pacific Railroad. More than 100 miles of trail extends from Cedar Falls to the Columbia River. High trestles provide spectacular views of the valley below.

Automated pay station: An automated pay state is located at the Hyak trailhead for visitors to purchase a one-day or annual Discover Pass and Sno-Park permit  (Nov. 1-April 1).

  1. Activities
  2. Camping
  3. History
  4. Maps

  • 110 miles of biking trails
  • 110 miles of hiking trails
  • 110 miles of horse trails
Water Activities & Features
  • Freshwater fishing
Winter Activities & Features
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Dog sledding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing
Other Activities & Features
  • Bird watching
  • Mountain biking
  • Rock climbing
  • Wildlife viewing
Interpretive Opportunities
Kiosks and panels are installed at Hyak, Easton, South Cle Elum, Thorp, and Kittitas with a map of the trail and interpretive information.

Additional Information

  • The 100-mile-long John Wayne Pioneer Trail meanders through a variety of ecosystems and geological zones.
  • No motorized vehicles are allowed on the trail with the exception of snowmobiles in winter, which are allowed from Stampede Pass Road to Cabin Creek.
  • Horse-drawn wagon users must obtain a key to the gates of Lake Easton State Park.
  • Winter sport opportunities are available. A Sno-Park permit is required from November 15 - April 30. For more information, call 509-656-2230.
  • A recreational license is required for fishing and shellfish harvesting at Washington state parks. For regulations, fishing season information, or to purchase a recreational license, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.