Iron Bear & Miller Peak


Day Hike - Iron Bear & Miller Peak

Miller Peak is a great day hike for early summer. The trail melts out early, wildflowers are in bloom, and the views of the Stuart Range are spectacular.

  • Very Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 8.8 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,200 ft
  • Pace: 2

Meet at the Miller Peak trailhead at 9:30 AM.  It's a 2-hour drive from Seattle without traffic, so factor in morning commuter traffic in your travel time. The leader will help facilitate carpools a few days before the hike.  Note: Miller Peak trailhead doesn't come up in a Google map search but Iron Bear trailhead does and it's right next to the Miller Peak trailhead. The Washington Trail Association's Miller Peak trail description has excellent driving directions too. 

The goals for this trip are to have fun, see wildflowers and hopefully great views of Mt. Stewart.  However, it is a challenging hike at 8.8 miles round-trip and 3200' of gain.  The moving pace will be about 2 miles per hour.  We'll take a few five-minute breaks on the way up and about a 45-minute lunch break at the top.  We should be done hiking by 2:30.  If you haven't hiked much yet this season, ask yourself if you're ready for a hike of this magnitude.

There is at least one stream crossing early in the hike where the water may be a little high (possibly up to your shins). Wear waterproof boots and/or bring water crossing shoes to stay dry.  About halfway through the hike is the last water source, so bring extra water (at least 1.5 liters) and/or a water filter treatment method. 

Leader permission is not required but if you don't have recent Mountaineers on hikes of similar difficulty, I may reach out to you to see if this hike is a good fit for you.


Iron Bear & Miller Peak

  • Green Trails Alpine Lakes East (Stuart Range) No. 208SX

    Green Trails Mt Stuart No. 209

    Green Trails Liberty No. 210

    USGS Red Top Mtn

    USGS Liberty

    USGS Enchantment Lakes

    USGS Blewett
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes
  • rain gear
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