DeRoux Creek-Gallagher Head Lake

Follow the De Roux Creek, out of De Roux campground and hike to Gallagher Head Lake at 5,600 ft. Enjoy the incredible spring/summer wildflower display along this 8 mile round trip, 1,900 feet elevation gain hike.

driving directions

From SR 970 turn onto Teanaway River Road bearing right as it becomes North Fork Teanaway River Road. Just past 29 Pines Campground, it becomes a dirt road, Forest Road 9737.  Continue 8.3 mi and then turn left and drive into the De Roux campground and trailhead ay 3,800 ft. 

on the trail

The Boulder-De Roux Trail (No. 1392) starts in forest with a field of coralroot orchids on the right.  At 0.75 mi is a junction, stay right, and switchback up De Roux Creek to a falls as it passes over a rock buttress where Columbia lewisia may be found.  At 2.25 mi and 5,300 ft the trail crosses a creek and enters a green vale, and at 4 mi enters the Gallagher Head Lake basin at 5,600 ft.


  • The De Roux area is used by horses.
  • The hike can be shortened to 4-5 mi round trip and 1,500 ft elevation gain for the incredible spring and summer wildflower display.
  • This is the start of the loop trip around Esmeralda Peaks.
  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast.
  • Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
  • Length: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,900 ft
  • 5,600 ft
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