Day Hike - Iron Bear

Moderate day hike at an easy pace to views and maybe the last of the Spring wildflowers

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,900 ft

We'll met at the Eastgate Park and Ride (14200 Eastgate P&R in Bellevue) at 7:30 am. I have a dark blue Honda Civic and I will keep the trunk open as I wait. 

Hi all, I hike at a slower pace and like to take breaks as I go. However, this is a 1900 elevation gain hike, so  please consider it as moderate when determining who should sign up. We'll  start  at the Iron Creek trailhead. This is an ideal trail to enjoy abundant wildflowers and mountain views in May or June. This trail description is based on a hike starting from the Iron Creek trailhead, found at the end of Forest Road 9714, a three mile long dirt road with a few potholes. You will ford Iron Creek about 200 yards before you get to the trailhead. If your car has low clearance you can park at one of turnouts just before the ford.

The Iron Bear Trail starts in forest, then proceeds through low shrubs, including serviceberry and snowbrush. In spring, there are many wildflowers, such as balsamroot, penstemon, paintbrush, and forget-me-nots along the trail. If you are a wildflower fan, you will recognize a lot more species. In 1.8 miles, you'll gain about 600 feet before you reach a four-way junction at Iron Bear Pass (elevation 4500 feet).

Take the right trail heading north onto Teanaway Ridge Trail 1364. The sunny, exposed south side slope of the ridge is where you find lovely pink petals of bitterroot. In about 1.5 miles you will gain about 1000 feet and reach an unnamed peak at 5489 feet. There are a lot of rocks to sit on and enjoy lunch. On a clear day you will be able to see Mount Rainier to the south and jagged Mount Stuart to the west. With so many flowers and great mountain views, this is certainly one of the most beautiful hiking trails around.


Iron Bear

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Microspikes for Spring hiking, hiking boots, and no cotton are a requirement for this trip.

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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