Day Hike - Iron Bear

Because of this route's high trailhead, much of your elevation gain is done before you start walking, meaning you can enjoy a high ridge route with relatively modest effort. The trail rambles along the ridge, rolling up and down with wildflowers underfoot and views stretching for hundreds of miles--as far south as Mount Rainier and north to Mount Stuart. The big rock of Diamond Head stands to the east.

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  • Moderate
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,900 ft

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NOTE: This hike is part of the Conditioning Hiking Series course. Please do not register for this hike if you are not a participant in the course. (Participants: this is a CHS 1 paced hike.)


Iron Bear

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

Expect patches of snow on our route - so bring foot traction (micro-spikes or yak trax) and hiking poles.

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