Friday, May 27, 2016

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Iron Bear

Updated May 27, 2016

Yearly hike outside of Cle  Elum and peak flower time on Iron Bear trail. Enjoy this wonderful hike and views of Mt. Stuart. Thanks to Alan Bauer for the photos.
Penstemon @ Alan Bauer
Bitteroot @ Alan Bauer
Indian Paintbrush @ Alan Bauer
Lunch spot at 5520' with view of Mt. Stuart @ Alan Bauer
Michael walking the ridge @ Alan Bauer
Driving directions: Drive east on Interstate 90 to US 97. About two miles north of Mineral Springs, look for Forest Service Road No. 9714 (Iron Creek Road) going off to the left (west). Continue about 3.5 miles to road's end and the trailhead and parking at 3,800 feet.  Many folks park 100 yards or so before the official trailhead due to road conditions.

Trail stats: From the trailhead take trail 1351  to the Knob at  (5489 feet) and this is about 6.4 miles round trip. Great views here. Some folks like to go to Jester Mountain which is about another 0.50 mile (north and east) at 5520 feet and the waypoints are :N47°22.324' & W120°321' . This is harder to find than the Knob at 5489 feet and views at the Knob are great.

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Disclaimer: There are many factors which you should consider in deciding whether to proceed with an outing, including the visible weather at the trailhead, the strength and experience of the party, snow and avalanche conditions, route conditions, etc. You are the final decision maker whether to proceed. West Coast Weather, LLC dba Washington Online Weather cannot be held liable for loss or injury arising from your decision to proceed, and expressly disclaims all liability related thereto. Redmond, Washington USA. Also, please bring map-compass and GPS to help with trail directions as our directions are our best estimate.

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