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 - Iron Peak

This is a field trip for the Naturalists Course. Our pace will vary as our interest becomes focused on different parts of the natural world, but I expect to make it to the summit area of Iron Peak in the Eldorado Natural area.

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  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,700 ft

Meet at 9 AM ready to go at the car turnout a few hundred yards past the Beverly Creek Campground on the North Fork Teanaway River Road.  There are restrooms at the campground.  Groups will divide at the turnout and carpool by individual hikes to the trailheads.  Expect to return to the turnout at about 3 PM.

The mountains surrounding the North Fork of the Teanaway River are often sunny when it is raining in Seattle. The unique magnesium rich soil of the Teanaway region has led to the evolution of a unique plant environment. While many of the meadows contain familiar trees and plants, the barren ridge tops are home to numerous endemic plants. Needless to say birds and butterflies are also in abundance.

The following plant list from the WNPS should be representative of what we will see:

From ebird here is the list of birds for the Teanaway Basin: 

After this field trip you may identify these species and more:

1. Jeffrey’s Shooting Star
2. Western and Drummond's Anemone
3. Pale Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
4. Spreading Phlox
5. Ponderosa Pine
6. Western Serviceberry
7. Wenatchee and Harsh Paintbrush
8. Western Tanager
9. Yellow-rumped Warbler
10. Chelan, Rock, and Davidson's Penstemon
11. Engelmann Spruce
12. Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel


Iron Peak

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Guide book, or portable device with app., binoculars and a hand lens if you have them

Day hiking gear with two or more liters of water if the forecast is for hot weather

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