Hike Iron Bear to Teanaway Ridge 5/28

15 of us and two dogs took advantage of an exceptionally beautiful Memorial Day weekend and hiked the Iron Bear trail up on to the Teanaway Ridge, with lots of wildflowers and nice views of the Stuart Range and Mt Rainier.

While most higher elevation trails on the western slopes of the Cascades were still snowbound, we drove over Snoqualmie Pass to the Teanaway for a nice hike on a high ridge where most of the snow was already gone. It was a easy drive on the middle day of a long holiday weekend over to the Blewett Pass area, with only a couple miles of unpaved road to the trailhead..

It was quite warm, but not excessively hot. On the hike up, the pine trees provided some nicely cool shade, and open areas were dotted with wildflowers probably approaching peak: lots of balsamic root and paintbrush among others. Reaching the ridge, Mt Rainier soon dominated the south. Arriving below the peak at 5489 feet, there was a field of glacier lilies just before crossing a few small fields of snow. The dogs had a nice time cooling themselves by rolling in the snow. We had lunch on the summit with an up-close view of Mt Stuart and surrounding jagged peaks. It was an easy descent, and back at the parking area, we enjoyed snacks, some great home-baked goodies and cold drinks before an easy drive back to the city.

Participants: Mike J, Phil B, Parker and Paul W, Tom R, Peter J and Eric R, Casey M, Doug E, Patrick A and Peter, Mark B, Jack H. and Pepe.

Submitted: 05/30/17
Article By: Himes, Rex

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