Iron Peak

A moderately strenuous 7-mile round trip hike with 2,700 feet elevation gain in the Teanaway. It switchbacks endlessly up a rib through serpentine barrens mixed with wildflowers. There are views up the Teanaway Valley, and at a rocky saddle, views of Mount Stuart. A short scramble takes you to the summit of Iron Peak at 6,510 ft. Consider making this a loop trip (11 miles) by including Longs Pass.

getting there

From SR 970 1 mile north of the Teanaway River bridge, turn west onto Teanaway River Road. Stay right as it becomes North Fork Teanaway River Road and then Forest Road 9737. Continue to its end at the Esmeralda Basin Trailhead (4,200 ft).

on the trail

Iron Peak (6,510 ft)

7 miles round trip, 2,700 feet of elevation gain, difficulty: moderate/strenuous

The zigzagging trail up the rib toward Iron Peak has creeks on both sides which are out of reach, so there is no water on the trail.  In the summer, get an early start as the trail is hot and dry then.  The trail hosts a profusion of wildflowers and views up and across the Teanaway Valley, and at the top, views of Mt. Stuart.   Small, wet meadows melt out late and contain many wildflowers; the serpentine barrens hold unusual endemics which grow only in the Wentchee Mountains.

Longs Pass (6,250 ft) & Iron Peak Loop (6,510 ft)

11-mile loop, 3,900 feet of elevation gain, difficulty: strenuous

To hike this loop clockwise, start at the Esmerelda Basin Trailhead (4,200 ft) but leave a car at the Iron Peak trailhead which is on the way. Hike the Esmerelda Trail (No. 1394) for 0.5 mile, then take Lake Ingalls Trail (No. 1390) for 2.0 miles. Turn right on Trail No. 1299 to Longs Pass  (6,300 ft) and hike 0.5 mile to the pass. From the pass descend 1.1 miles to Ingalls Creek. Turn right (east) on Ingalls Creek Trail (No. 1215) for 0.5 miles. Turn right (south) on the Beverly Turnpike Creek Trail (No. 1391), cross Ingalls Creek and head up Beverly Turnpike Creek valley, reaching the pass at  2.6 miles. Cross the pass and descend 0.4 miles to the junction with Trail (No. 1399). Turn right (uphill and west) on Trail No. 1399 to the saddle below Iron Peak (0.5 miles). Descend 3 miles to the Iron Peak trailhead on North Fork Teanaway road (3,800 ft).

  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast.
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
  • Length: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,700 ft
  • 6,510 ft
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Upcoming Activities

Day Hike - Longs Pass & Iron Peak Loop

Day Hiking Trip
Loop trip around Iron Peak
Difficulty: Strenuous
Sat, Jul 7, 2018
No Prerequisites
2 participants on waitlist
Registration closes Jul 4
Seattle Branch
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