Field Trip 3 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course - Iron Peak

Field trip: Introduction to the Natural World Course

Field Trip 3 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course - Iron Peak

Iron Peak is a special conservation area that displays the full spectrum of the endemic Teanaway plants that grow in the serpentine rock of the area. The majority of these rare plants are found near the flat and open plateau near the 6500’ summit in gravelly rock. Expect to spend a full day at this trip between the driving and the time hiking. This is a field trip for the MORE adventurous.

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

I will do this as a day trip from Seattle. We will meet at 6:30 AM at the 65th Street P&R under I-5. We will be north of 65th and at the far north end of the P&R.

The hike begins at low elevations in forest and then climbs through bird-rich, mixed coniferous forest before breaking out of the trees to climb through rock flowers on the upper third of the hike. The species list is very large here because of the elevation change and the exposed, scenic summit ridge which has great views of Mt. Stuart. Because of the exposures of serpentine high on the peak this area would also make a great geology field trip. The hike is a little less dificult than Mt. Si.  

Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous

Pace: Moderate


Iron Peak

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

guide book

day hiking gear

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