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 - Esmeralda Basin & Fortune Creek Pass

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

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  • Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,750 ft

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

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.   We will likely walk 2-3 miles up this trail into Esmeralda Basin, possibly farther, depending on conditions and interest, but we will not be going up to Fortune Creek Pass.  Elevation gain likely to be less than 1000 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.


Esmeralda Basin

  • 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

Please bring lunch, water, 10 essentials, class field guide, binoculars if you have them, and a species list to keep track of what you see.   If you wish to carpool, make sure your profile is listed as public and indicate if you are interested in carpooling for this trip.  Those with public profiles will be able to view contact information of those going on this field trip and to organize carpooling arrangements among themselves. 

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