Esmeralda Peaks

A moderately strenuous and technical rock-and-snow or rock scramble, with 3,000 feet of elevation gain. Multiple routes to the east and/or west peaks including loops are possible for approaching this Teanaway peak, all about 8 miles. The serpentine barrens are of interest both geologically and for the unusual flora.

getting there

Drive I-90 to about 1 mi east of Cle Elum, then go northeast on SR 970 about 5 mi to 0.5 mi past the Teanaway River Bridge. Turn left on the Teanaway River Road and continue 22 mi to the DeRoux Campground (Forest Road 9737).


Follow Boulder/DeRoux trail 2.3 miles to open meadow area at ~5,000 ft. Shortly after crossing creek head right NNW up steep, open slope into trees with talus on right, break onto open again and pass large rock formation and gain ridge, then up into basin full of boulders. Ascended towards the right most summit, then move left to follow southeast-northwest trending ridge to the pair of summits.

  • Suitable Activities: Scrambling
  • Seasons: May, June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Technical 3, Strenuous 3
  • Length: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,000 ft
  • 6,480 ft
  • Green Trails Alpine Lakes East (Stuart Range) No. 208SX
  • USGS Mt Stuart

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  • Esmeralda Peaks/West Peak
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