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Burroughs 1 & 2...wild fires In my original plan

I want to be VERY CLEAR about my hikes.... I HIKE SLOW.... If your a speed racer or a strong, fast hiker please do NOT sign up.. I'm tired of doing all the work to make these hikes happen and then be left behind. I'm vocal about being a slow hiker but I still get people signing up who feel the need to race up the mountain... THIS IS NOT A RACE!!!

There are many other hiking groups who'd fit that criteria and would be much more suitable for you.

This is a casual to somewhat moderate pace with lots of pictures...... I'll say it again, PLEASE do NOT sign up if you are a fast, hiker or aren't willing to slow your pace way down

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Also,,, I'm pretty hardcore when it comes to no-shows and punctuality.. All I ask of you is that you respond to messages, change your RSVP if you aren't going to make it and be on time...

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Add your name to the waitlist and I will pull you in manually based on no-shows. Drivers and pass holders will have priority

20.00 for gas and for the wear and tear on your drivers

10 essentials, obviously no jeans, cotton or tennis shoes*****

We may or may not stop for food on the way home

This will be a full day

You will need a lot of water *****

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Length 11.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation Gain: 3000 ft.

Highest Point: 6000 ft.


This route covers some of the best of the Teanaway Country, offering high alpine splendor and lush riparian habitats. Visit early for acres of wildflowers, or late for autumn colors--the vine maples are brilliant red, the cottonwoods and alders bright yellow, and the few scattered larches are glowing spires of gold. Beyond the trees, you'll gawk at vast walls of granite towering on all sides. Deer graze the valley bottoms, while mountain goats prance on the ridge tops. Overhead, turkey vultures, eagles, and hawks soar on the mountain thermals. What more could any hiker want?

The Stafford Creek Trail climbs alongside the stream, passing through pretty, fragrant pine forest. Ponderosa pines down low are followed by whitebark pines and a few lodgepole pines. Intermingling with the pines are spruces, hemlocks, a few larches, and even a smattering of massive old Douglas-firs. Throughout the evergreen forests you'll also find a few deciduous species, including some stands of cottonwood, the random aspen or two, and a few alders.

The trail sticks to the east side of the creek--floodwaters once devoured parts of the trail, but volunteer trail crews working with Forest Service professionals restored or replaced the flood-damaged sections.

The trail climbs moderately for 4 miles, where it merges with the Standup Creek Trail. Go right at the junction as the trail turns steeper. Trudge for more than 1 mile up switchbacks that climb the headwall of the Stafford Creek valley. The thigh-burning climb is made tolerable, and indeed, enjoyable, by the vast expanse of wildflowers spread before and around you. The whole upper basin is blanketed in wildflower meadows--somewhat swampy meadows, as the shallow bench serves as a catch basin for snowmelt runoff, creating this uniquely rich environment for water-loving wildflowers at 5600 feet elevation.

A half mile past these meadows, the trail crests Navaho Pass (elev. 6000 ft). Trails lead off in multiple directions from the pass, running east around Navaho Peak, west toward Earl Peak and Beverly Creek, and straight north down into the Ingalls Creek valley. The pass, though, is the perfect end of your hike. From here you'll enjoy a northern skyline dominated by Mount Stuart and the granite wall of the Stuart Range. To the south, look out over the long valley of the North Fork Teanaway to Mount Rainier and Mount Adams far in the distance.

Driving Directions

From Seattle drive east on I-90 to East Cle Elum, exit 85. Cross over the freeway overpass and turn right (northbound) on State Route 970. Cross the Teanaway River bridge, and in another mile turn left onto Teanaway Road. Drive north on Teanaway Road, veering right as it becomes first the North Fork Teanaway Road and then unpaved Forest Road 9737 at 29 Pines Campground. At the first road junction after crossing the bridge over Stafford Creek, turn right onto Forest Road 9703 (signed "Stafford Creek") and drive 2.5 miles to the Stafford Creek trailhead, found just after crossing Stafford Creek.


Disclaimer: Trailside is not a professional guide service. Our leaders function, as facilitators only, to enhance your outdoor experience. Reports of trail and weather conditions are based on best available information, are subject to change, and are no guarantee of fitness for any particular purpose. You may join us on this hike at your own risk. Keep in mind that hiking involves risks and weather changes quickly in the mountains. You are responsible for your own safety and the more prepared you are, the better the chance you will remain safe.

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