CHS 2 Hike

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 2 Hike - Esmeralda Basin–Gallagher Head Lake Loop

We will do a counter-clockwise loop hike around Esmeralda Peak with a hike up Fortune Pass, proceed to Gallagher Head Lake and follow De Roux Creek back to the Trailhead. CHS hike led at a CHS 2 pace (2.0-3.0 mph)

  • Very Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 12.1 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,940 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,950 ft
  • Pace: 2.0-3.0 mph

Meet at 6 am at Tibbets P&R to carpool to the trailhead, depart at 6:15. We will carpool about 2 hours to  DeRoux Trailhead, Northwest Forest Pass Required.

Directions to trailhead: From I-90, take exit 85. Get on Highway 970 (also signed for Highway 10), and drive seven miles to the turnoff for the Teanaway Road. Turn left onto this paved road and proceed north for 7.5 miles to where the pavement ends.

Where the pavement ends, continue straight, now on the North Fork Teanaway Road 9737. Continue straight for about 8.5 miles to where the road splits.

Take a left, and arrive in the De Roux campground. Take the righthand fork in the campground and park, allowing room for others to pass.

Details will be emailed to registered participants a few days before the hike. We will be hiking for about 6-7 hours including brief stops for views and snacks.

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DeRoux Creek

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

    Green Trails Mt Stuart No. 209

    USGS Mount Stuart
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
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