A Great  Northern Town

Hiking and Trail Systems

Iron Goat Trail — Martin Creek to Wellington

A pleasant ADA accessible walk through this thick second-growth forest on the old Great Northern Railroad route is the prime reason for hiking the Iron Goat Trail. With a dazzling display of wildflowers during spring, this trail has great views up and down the Skykomish River Valley. Rich with railroad history, it tells the story of the triumph of the railroad crossing the Cascade Range and tragedy of the Wellington disaster.   

Skykomish Peak Circumnavigation — Pacific Crest Trail

This is a three day, 24 mile out-and-back hike west of Skykomish.

Road 6516-110: Klinger Ridge

This 4,494-foot summit is quite the trek and the route up has many spots to stop and enjoy the scenery. Enjoy the 180-degree panorama across the Skykomish River, which includes Mount Daniel, Mount Hinman, Chimney, and a myriad of other peaks in the Alpine Lakes area.

Rafting and Kayakers

The Skykomish River is the closest white water rafting to Seattle, WA and only 1.5 hours away. Running through the middle of our town, this river has it all. Looking for a lazy river float with beautiful scenery that's just right for kids and families? Want a class V whitewater adventure? Visit Skykomish River. Access the water right from the Town of Skykomish or tour with river guides. 


Skykomish River — “Seattle's Home Water.” Home to four species of Pacific Salmon and runs of winter and summer steelhead, the Skykomish, or the Sky as it is locally known, has two distinct sections that keep anglers busy throughout the year. The Skykomish is largely known for its steelhead fishing and is a great fly fishing river.

Salmon Watchers

Skykomish Environmental Institute has been tracking and blogging about the life cycle of the courageous salmon of Maloney Creek. Maloney Creek is a tributary to the South Fork of the Skykomish River, running through the town of Skykomish. This is a seasonal stream which often dries up at the end of each summer. But Maloney Creek is salmon habitat, as many a resident of Skykomish will tell you.

Train Enthusiasts

Skykomish is after all "A Great Northern Town" and what better place to see the trains roll in than up on the Cascade Mountain Range, the mountains the Great Northern engineers tamed. Everyday dozens pull into town to take photos of the trains passing through our historic district with many of the same buildings that the founders of our town built over a hundred years ago. We take pride in our railroad heritage.     

Skykomish State Airport

Skykomish has an airport? No baggage pickup, however.