Esmeralda Basin/Gallagher Head Lake Loop
08/11/12 - 08/12/12
Mary B. Evans
Parking area at the end of the North Fork Teanaway River Road
Pace will be moderate, with occasional breaks to rest, snack, and/or admire views and wildflowers.
Participants should have completed at least one previous backpack trip, and must be fit to backpack 7 – 8 miles per day on sometimes steep, rough trails, with elevation gains and losses of 3,000 ft/day, up to elevations above 6,000 ft. We will take care to Leave No Trace (http://lnt.org/learn/7-principles).
Trip distance: 15+ miles, including side trip to Lake Ann overlook
High point: 6400 ft at Lake Ann overlook
Elevation gain: 3000+ ft
Weather note: This area is typically warm and sunny in August, and in some conditions can be quite hot. In the event of a substantial heat wave, the leader may change the trip destination.
The unpaved road to the trailhead is dusty with a few potholes, but is suitable for passenger cars (a recent mudslide has been cleared).
Drive time from Seattle to the trailhead: 2.5 hours. To avoid a very early start from the west side, consider joining the leader for Friday night car camping near the trailhead.
Driving directions: Drive I-90 East from Seattle to Exit 85. Turn right onto SR-970 (towards Wenatchee/Leavenworth). Continue 6.6 miles, then turn left (north) onto the Teanaway Road (if you get to the junction with SR-97, you've gone too far). Follow North Fork Teanaway signs 13.5 miles to a major junction at 29 Pines Campground, where the pavement ends. Take the right fork onto FS Road 9737, then continue about 10 more miles to the road-end trailhead (elevation 3800 feet).
07/29/12 @ 1:00 AM
08/08/12 @ 5:00 PM