Day Hike - Iron Bear

Dicentra uniflora, aka steer's head is a cousin of the bleeding heart and has a flower reminiscent of a Georgia O'Keefe painting. This is the only trail where I have found this species. This is a naturalist focused hike at a moderate pace where stops to identify species and take pictures will be encouraged.

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

7:00 AM Tibbett's lot in Issaquah

1675 Newport Way NW, Issaquah

You may also meet at the trailhead—just let me know if that is your plan.

More information about logistics coming soon....what I can say for now is that this will be a naturalist hike with stops to gawk and take pictures.  I'm especially interested in seeing if I can find Dicentra uniflora (aka steer's head, a relative of bleeding heart).   The trail is shared with motorized bikes.  It can be a tad annoying at first, but historically I have found that as the hike progresses the encounters pretty much diminish entirely.  

This hike is on the east side of the pass, by Blewitt Pass.  It will be a long drive.  If you would like to drive you will need a full tank of gas.  If you carpool please be prepared to reimburse your driver to help pay for that full tank of gas.  The road to the trail crosses a shallow stream.  If the water is too high to reasonably cross we can park before the stream which will add less than half a mile to the trip.   I hope to have us back to Issaquah in time for you to be home for dinner.  Pack lunch and plenty of water.


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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