Iron Bear/Teanaway Ridge Hike

A Memorial Day hike with Kim.

It’s in the Salmon La Sac area. The trail report says it should have lots of flowers.

With so many flowers and great mountain views, this is certainly one of the most beautiful hiking trails around.

Driving Directions

From I-90 take exit 85. Go left to cross the freeway, and make a right onto 970, passing the Twin Pines Drive-In. Hwy 970 veers left. 9.4 miles past the Twin Pines Drive-In, turn left onto Hwy 97 and continue for 9.9 miles.

Turn left onto FR 9714 for 2.7 miles to the end at the trailhead for Trail 1351. At the end of FR 9714 you will ford a stream just before you get to the trailhead. The last 200 yards of road is a bit dicey but you can park in several turnouts just before you get to the ford.

The Iron Creek trailhead is three miles from Hwy 97. No fee is required to park there, but there is no toilet available this trailhead.

Trail Track

Elevation Profile

It was cloudy in Seattle today so we headed over to the east side of the mountains to find some sun and a trail we hadn’t done before. There were flowers!

Bitterroot blossom

The trailhead is off highway 97, not too far from the Ingalls Creek hike we did earlier in May. We had a bit of trouble finding the turnoff but we got it the second time through.

The path climbs about 2000 feet total to a ridge offering mountain views.

Path to Rainier

We got views of Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams. At the top, we were close enough to Mt. Stuart to touch it.

Mt. Stuart just a short hop away

As you can see, the clouds were nowhere to be found.

Laura and Kim enjoy the view

Ridgeline from above

The Spring flowers were out in abundance.

Bitterroot flowers

Glaicier lily flowers

Also some lime green lichen was interesting.

Lichen stump