Thursday, May 31, 2018

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Blue Creek to Red Top

Updated: May 31, 2018

Snowfree hike with lots of wildflowers and great views of Mt. Stuart, Mt. Adams, and Mt. Rainier. You can drive almost to the lookout, but this makes for a great hike which it can easily be extended beyond the total of 6 miles that we have listed.

View of Stuart Range from the top
Close up Mt. Stuart
Starting point
Driving directions: From Seattle take I -90 east to Cle Elum then take Hwy 970 east to US Hwy 97 and go north toward Blewett Pass. Just past Mineral Springs turn left on Forest Service Road No 9738 and go 2.7 miles and then turn left on Forest Service Road 9702 (it will say to Red Top Lookout). After 0.5 miles from the turn and on the right there is a tiny parking area for Trail number 1364.2. You can park here (room for 3 cars)  or there are other spots to park along the road that has pullouts.

Trail stats: Here is our track. Round trip is 6 miles. Hike 2 miles on Blue Creek Trail and then turn left on Teanaway Ridge Trail and go 1 mile to the lookout. You can extend this by going to Iron Bear.

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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