Snoqualmie Tunnel on the Iron Horse Trail

Had the opportunity to finally check out the Snoqualmie Tunnel along the Iron Horse Trail with the Rose family. The trailhead ended up being the same parking lot for the Hyak Sno-Park that I have visited numerous times. We usually sled just across the highway from the Sno-Park (which is more for the kids), but I’ve taken a few rides down the little bump of a hill there with some fun kiddos before. =)

I was a little worried how the girls, Emma and Darcy, would fare, but they did great. Darcey was in the off-road stroller most of the time, and Emma was chipper and enjoying herself, if not a little scared of the darkness! The tunnel is a 2.3 mile long abandoned railroad tunnel that was built between 1912-1914. On March 15, 1980 the final train passed through the tunnel when Washington state purchased it for recreational use. It’s closed between November and May, so we were just in time! It was about 42 degrees in there today; supposedly in the winter icicles form and it could be quite dangerous.

At the entrance of the tunnel.

At the entrance of the tunnel.

Getting ready to start the hike.

Getting ready to start the hike.

It took somewhere over an hour and a half I think to make it through the tunnel. It was pretty pitch black except for a small dot of light at the end. The tunnel is so straight that I imagine any sunlight will give you that small dot of light. It was still plenty dark and we would occasionally turn off all the lights and just follow the tunnel in the darkness. There were a few small spaces on the sides of the tunnel that we had fun hiding in and scaring each other as we made it through the tunnel. There were only a few other groups out, a couple of them on bikes and a few other walkers. It was quite fun! The dot of light at the end made the distance left very deceptive, it felt like you were close to the end but you weren’t. We finally made it through though!

Finally, the end of the tunnel!

Finally, the end of the tunnel!

Rhea resting with the girls after we made it through the tunnel.

Rhea resting with the girls after we made it through the tunnel.

Nick enjoying the other side of the tunnel.

Nick enjoying the other side of the tunnel.

West side of the tunnel

West side of the tunnel

Emma chilling in some kind of old electricity box.

Emma chilling in some kind of old electricity box.

Emma exploring some of the architecture.

Emma exploring some of the architecture.

Climbing down to the waterfall

Climbing down to the waterfall

There was a cool waterfall just outside the exit that we went to explore. I have a short video of it here. I’m bummed because it was supposed to have be slo-mo at the end, but I’m still learning the ins and outs of the new iPhone – when I took it off the iPhone to put it on YouTube the slo-mo editing didn’t come with it, shucks! Anyway, here it is:

Having fun with Emma!

Having fun with Emma!

Welcomed by a rainbow at the end of the tunnel!

Welcomed by a rainbow at the end of the tunnel!

Exiting the tunnel

Exiting the tunnel

A fun day, and definitely a great hike to go on with kids!