Iron Horse State Park Trail 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. Discover Pass: A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.
Automated pay station: An automated pay station is located at the Hyak trailhead for visitors to purchase a one-day or annual Discover Pass and Sno-Park permit (Dec. 1-March 31).
Kiosks and panels are installed at Hyak, Easton, South Cle Elum, Thorp, and Kittitas with a map of the trail and interpretive 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 gate combination access agreement from Lake Easton State Park.
Winter sport opportunities are available. A Sno-Park permit is required from Dec. 1 - March 31. A Discover Pass is also needed with a one-day Sno-Park Permit. 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.
There are four campgrounds along the trail, each with three to four campsites, one picnic table, and a vault toilet. They are located at milepost 2109.5 at Roaring Creek, milepost 2113.2 at Cold Creek, milepost 2123.2 at Carter Creek, and milepost 2127.1 at Alice Creek.
Camping is also available near the trail at U.S. Forest Service campgrounds at Tinkham, Denny Creek, Lake Kachess, and Crystal Springs. There is state park camping at Lake Easton and Wanapum.
Reservations & fees
Campsite reservations for Lake Easton State Park and Wanapum Recreational Area can be made online or by calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688. For fee information, check out our camping rates page.
Originally, the trail right-of-way was part of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific Railroad. The railroad operated between 1908 and 1980, when the company went into bankruptcy. The state's Department of Natural Resources acquired much of the property and turned it over to State Parks, which continues to acquire land and make improvements to the area.