Day Hike - Iron Bear

This hike is near Blewett Pass, and in spring has abundant wildflowers, including the elusive Steer's Head orchid. Great views of Mt. Rainier and Stuart range on a clear day!

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

Meet at 7:30 am at Preston Park and Ride, 30303 SE High Point Way, Issaquah. Take I-90 east to exit 22 towards Preston/Fall City. Turn left onto SE 82nd St, then left onto SE High Point Way. P&R will be on your left immediately after turning onto High Point Way. 

Directions to the Trailhead: From I-90 take exit 85. Go left to cross the freeway, and make a right onto 970, passing the Twin Pines Drive-In. Hwy 970 veers left. 9.4 miles past the Twin Pines Drive-In, turn left onto Hwy 97 and continue for 9.9 miles. 

Turn left onto FR 9714 for 2.7 miles to the end at the trailhead for Trail 1351. At the end of FR 9714 you will ford a stream just before you get to the trailhead. The last 200 yards of road is a bit dicey but you can park in several turnouts just before you get to the ford.

The Iron Creek trailhead is three miles from Hwy 97. No fee is required to park there, but there is no toilet available this trailhead.

Optional dinner after the hike at the Cottage Cafe in Cle Elum.


This hike will be led at a moderate pace, about 1.75 - 2.0 mph. Hiking boots or trail runners are OK for this hike, trail sandals are NOT. 


Iron Bear

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

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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