Field Trip 3 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course

Field trip: Introduction to the Natural World Course

Field Trip 3 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course - DeRoux Creek-Gallagher Head Lake

Field Trip 3 for the Introduction to the Natural World Course- restricted to currently enrolled participants

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,900 ft

Meet at Beverly Creek Campground at large turnout just past campground.  Meeting time is 9:30am.

We will be identifying flowers, shrubs, and birds.  The mountains surrounding the North Fork of the Teanaway River have the reputation for sunny weather, even when it is raining in the Seattle.  Plus they offer acres of beautiful wildflower meadows, making this an ideal field trip site to practice wildflower identification.  You will see shooting stars, columbine, paintbrush, phlox, groundsels, penstemon, many shrubs, and at least nine kinds of trees.  This trip will go several miles up the DeRoux Creek trail with a probable turnaround at a falls and a rock buttress where Columbia Lewisia may be seen. The elevation gain to this point is about 800 ft.

Directions:  Take I-90 east to Cle Elum.  Take exit 85 and travel east on highway 970.  In 6.5 miles, turn on to Teanaway River Road.  At milepost 13, pavement ends and the road splits.  Take road 9737 to Beverly Creek Campground.  Restroom is available at Beverly Creek Campground so stop there first.  Northwest Forest Pass is required at the trailheads, but not at the meeting point.


DeRoux Creek-Gallagher Head Lake

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Please bring lunch, water, 10 essentials, class field guide ,binoculars if you have them,  and species list to keep track of what you see.

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