Another season almost over...
October 20, 2013: The end of the season is creeping ever closer. It has already snowed up at Wellington, but we're keeping our fingers crossed the big snow will hold off a bit longer. You see, in a few weeks several of us are headed in to give the spirits of Wellington what they've asked all these years - a memorial. We've got signs all ready to go and a memorial planned, if the snows will just hold off. Otherwise, the spirits will need to wait through the long winter until we can come see them to give them the signs that honor their sacrifice at Wellington. ~ KF
With recent press, we've gotten a lot of requests for information about visiting Wellington. A few tips if you plan to go:
- March 2015: The back road into Wellington has become so rutted it is most likely unsafe for people in cars or small SUVs to attempt to drive it. People in 4WD trucks and SUVs with high clearance may find the road passable, but do so at your own risk.
- If you go to visit the spirits at Wellington, please be respectful. Please don't taunt them or use other guerrilla ghost hunting techniques. Spirits are people without bodies. Treat your encounters with them as you would treat face to face encounters with living, breathing human beings.
- Once it starts snowing up at Wellington, access becomes increasingly difficult. This typically happens in mid-November, although the first snow often comes as early as mid-October. As more snow piles up, the threat of avalanche becomes a real danger. Please be aware of this danger before you go. Road access is not open to Wellington again until late June or early July, although many people snowshoe, ski, or snow mobile in during the winter months. If you do so, be aware of avalanche dangers and realize that the back road is about 2 1/2 miles in, while the main road is six or seven miles.
- It gets very cold up in the mountains. Dress in layers and wear supportive boots.
- Bring lots of bug spray. The mosquitoes are huge and hungry.
- Among the wildlife spotted at Wellington are bears and cougars. In the summer of 2014, a ranger reported to us that she'd had several sightings of a cinnamon bear (the living kind, not the gummi kind). Just thought you'd like to know.
- If you visit, stay out of the old Cascade Tunnel, which is crumbling and has a danger of flash floods.
- The Iron Goat Trail is a mountainous trail through the wilderness. Use all precautions you would take on any such wilderness trail, such as hiking with a friend and being aware of any wild life.
- Thrill seekers have been visiting Wellington recently and leaving a trail of trash. Please clean up after yourselves. If people continue to come up and leave trash lying around, there's a good chance that access will be cut off and no one will be able to enjoy this amazing place. Have some respect and clean up after yourself.
- It is illegal to remove train debris from the crash site. Please respect the site and leave everything in its place. If you feel you need a souvenir, then take a picture.
- The Iron Goat Trail is an active hiking trail. People hike it to enjoy nature and experience history. If you are up ghost hunting, be respectful of the hikers in the area.
- The ghosts at Wellington are not there for your amusement. They are the spirits of human beings who remain at Wellington for their own reasons. It is very likely that there are the spirits of children there, as well. They do not "perform" on command, although they may choose to communicate with you if you treat them with kindness and respect. While there is a lot of activity at Wellington, there are times that there is no activity. Taunting, yelling and provoking won't change this. If the ghosts choose to interact with you, they will do so in their own way in their own time, and you have a better chance of interaction if your behavior is kind and respectful.
- The site is quite remote. Cell phones may or may not have service depending on your provider. There is no power. There are only outhouses, sometimes without toilet paper. Some good things to bring: hand sanitizer, toilet paper, handi-wipes, first aid kit, emergency supplies, bug spray, sunscreen.