Iron Goat Trail. Credit: Tony Kent/Flickr CC
More history hikes
Iron Goat Trail: Follow an old railroad bed and peer into dark tunnels.
The Underground Tour in Seattle is a stroll and a tourist attraction, but kids who enjoy these hikes will love it.
Historylink.org: A free, online resource on Washington State History with excellent background on the history of coal mining and other early industry in the Puget Sound region.
Ghost Towns of Washington: Extensive lists, but no directions.
The sibling duo behind the excellent site Hiking With My Brother has a guide called "Hiking Through History." Only a few of the hikes are true ghost towns, but it’s a worthwhile addition to your guidebook shelf, with historical background on many popular hikes as well as some you may not have discovered.
Washington Trails Association: Lengthy descriptions of several of the outings described in this article, plus many hike suggestions and recent trip reports.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published several years ago and updated for 2020.