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Once upon a time, eight passenger trains a day stopped in Skykomish. Today it's not even a whistle stop on the Chicago-Seattle Amtrak line though the tracks still run down the main street. However, this little bit of a town just off Washington Highway 2 is worth a visit for the access to Cascade scenery. The mountains that rise up from the river valley hold some of the country's best hiking, with access to the Pacific Crest Trail and the Alpine Lakes Wilderness The village also draws railroad enthusiasts and hikers, as well as those interested in water activities like rafting, kayaking and canoeing on the pristine Skykomish River. In 1929 ...

Once upon a time, eight passenger trains a day stopped in Skykomish. Today it's not even a whistle stop on the Chicago-Seattle Amtrak line though the tracks still run down the main street. However, this little bit of a town just off Washington Highway 2 is worth a visit for the access to Cascade scenery. The mountains that rise up from the river valley hold some of the country's best hiking, with access to the Pacific Crest Trail and the Alpine Lakes Wilderness The village also draws railroad enthusiasts and hikers, as well as those interested in water activities like rafting, kayaking and canoeing on the pristine Skykomish River. In 1929 the Great Northern Railway was re-routed through a nearly eight-mile long tunnel leaving the original switch-backed route unused, and the former rail bed, now called the Iron Goat Trail, beckons fans of mountain scenery. An interpretive center at the trailhead describes the travails of running a train over the Cascade Mountains. Real railroad buffs should check into the historic Cascadia Inn: the front rooms are reserved for those who appreciate the rattle of windows from passing trains.

Myra Ingmanson
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Myra Ingmanson and Daniel C. Schechter worked together on various titles for Lonely Planet, particularly the Pacific Northwest and Mexico books. Together they coauthored chapters for Lonely Planet's Eastern Caribbean.

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  • Location: A town in King County, Washington. Located in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, near Deception Falls on the Skykomish River.
  • Research: Washington | Wikipedia
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