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Alpine Scramble - Iron & Teanaway Peaks

Fun scramble of two peaks in the beautiful Teanaways!

  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • The Iron Peak trail is in excellent condition, only three miles to the saddle. Scrambled Teanaway Peak first. Started out following a gps track ene intending to ascend gradually to the east ridge and summit from there. The gully was actually fun crossing, then after seeing how steep the traverse is over to the east ridge, we decided to go straight up the southeast facing open slope on very steep, loose rock/scree. It wasn't bad until we reached a band of rock below the summit. Lots of small loose rocks layered on solid were like marbles, so we stayed mostly either far right or left on cleaner solid rock.  Some clouds moved around on Stuart, Ingalls, and the other Stuart range peaks, but awesome summit and great views! There are a couple of small interesting 'cairns' up there. No wind, spent a half hour lunching and photographing.

    If you take this route, be very cautious descending because the loose rock is very easy to fall on, and it's easy to dislodge small rocks. Wear a helmet.

    Iron Peak was also a great summit. There is a good boot path from the saddle to the top with some rocky areas up higher, but I would not call Iron a scramble. Spent about 15 minutes on the summit, it was windy and chilly. Found a summit surprise on Iron!


Plenty of parking on road across from trailhead. I recommend poles to help secure footing on scree, but they get in the way on rock. Helmets also strongly recommended mainly to prevent a head injury in the event of a fall. Gaia logged 7.5 miles round trip with both peaks and 3,000' gain.