| Like getting a
second hand store, trail users have their own tunnel.
It's the 2 mile long "Snoqualmie Tunnel." Such an engineering
would never be afforded to mere bicyclists, but the railroad
business" back in the days when this tunnel was built. Now that
is gone, its tunnel is like a prize piece of furniture that
been cast away to a second hand shop. Cyclists and other trail
can take advantage of this significant facility that the rest of
has no more use for.
trail located near North Bend, Washington about 30 miles east of
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State Parks web site.
Some tunnels closed, but Snoqualmie Tunnel now open again.
Milwaukee Road railroad ceased operation. Its old facilities
cross the Cascade Mountains just east of Seattle. Recently, the
of way has been turned into a linear state park called the Iron Horse
State Park. Trail is called the John Wayne Pioneer Trail.
this trail may cross the entire state, but only sections of it are
today. A significant segment starts by North Bend, WA.
are several places to access the trail from. A good westerly
point is at Rattle Snake Lake just south of North Bend.
Trail crosses the Cascade Mountains just south of I-90 and Snoqualmie
It goes over several trestles and through a tunnel that is two miles
Trail is snowed in during much of the winter. The long tunnel is
usually closed November 1-May 1, or so. Now closed all year due
to some safety concerns. Hope they can repair it.
State Park, about 10 miles east of Snoqualmie Pass, serves as an
Washington State parks for the latest information. 1-800-233-0321
to get there.
an old trestle
rail equipment still visible.
taken 1996. Bring
and enjoy. Trail heads through tunnel and comes out by Lake
submitted by readers
I read your article on your trip on the John Wayne Pioneer Trail. I
felt compelled to fill you in with a very short history of the
Snoqualmie Pass Tunnel (Tunnel No 50). The reason for the addition of
Tunnel No 50 was to provide protection from avalanches for trains
traversing the summit. The survey for the tunnel was completed in 1908.
In 1911 work had begun on Tunnel No 50. The tunnel was completed on
January 1, 1915 for $2,000,000.00. On January 15,1915 the first
eastbound train passed through the tunnel. At 11,888 feet the
Snoqualmie Pass Tunnel was the longest tunnel on the Milwaukee Road's
system. It took 700 men to compete the tunneling. The process was
started from the west portal and the east portal. The road crews meant
in the middle on August 4, 1914. The Snoqualmie Pass Tunnel
construction was unique in that it used the European Method of heading.
The actual name of the trail is Iron Horse State Park and John Wayne
Pioneer Trail. The trail starts at Cedar Falls and continues to Vantage
on the Columbia river for a distant of 109 miles. There are 5 train
tunnels on the trail between Cedar Falls and Thorp. Lake Easton State
Park is approximately 16 miles east of Snoqualmie Pass.
Lake Easton State Park
Sent Jan. 2007.
My wife and I
through the Snoqualmie tunnel at Hyak, though it was slippery, wet and
dark. Luckily, we had headlamps. The views at the tressle were
Today they had a special bicycling event. We also bicycled in the
opposite direction and again, were impressed with the vista. Thanks for
all your information.
Another reader writes
The section from
Easton up to the
pass and the tunnel is a great ride, The rangers have secure
parking at Easton State Parks. I had a bike trailer and camped
the Keechelis Lake. The section past the Lake is wonderful with
of biker and hiker users today. The tunnel seems to be quite the
tourist spot and will likely develop a big reputation over time.
Parks may have to do some fix up on it as some of the folks were
and walking with out lights and the side wall drain have holes to fall
in. Had a couple young guys ride back through with me whom had
through without lights and crashed.