Hike of the Week Fridays -Iron Bear, Teanaway Ridge

PLEASE READ THE DESCRIPTION IN ITS ENTIRETY AND THE ACCOMPANYING LINKS SO SEE IF THIS HIKE IS APPROPRIATE BEFORE YOU RSVP.

This hike is a little farther out than my normal Friday hike, but it is best done on a weekday and in early June.  So let's go for it.  I want to be at the trailhead at 10am so I am thinking if we meet at North Bend Safeway about 8:30am (I know -rush hr traffic) we can arrange car pools or caravan to trailhead.

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/iron-bear?b_start:int=10

Statistics

Roundtrip6.5 miles

Elevation Gain1900 ft

Highest Point5489 ft

Features Wildflowers/MeadowsMountain viewsRidges/passes

User info May encounter mountains bikes

Northwest Forest Pass required

In spring and early summer, the flowers are so profuse and beautiful that you would think that a gardener had planted them. And because this area is usually clear of snow long before many others in the region, hikers can attain Teanaway Ridge and views of the Stuart Range and Mount Rainier while much of the Cascades is still snowed in. Alas, so can motorbikes, so go mid-week if you'd like some quiet.
In spring and early summer, the flowers are so profuse and beautiful that you would think that a gardener had planted them. And because this area is usually clear of snow long before many others in the region, hikers can attain Teanaway Ridge and views of the Stuart Range and Mount Rainier while much of the Cascades is still snowed in. Alas, so can motorbikes, so go mid-week if you'd like some quiet.


GROUP HIKING
Hiking with a group is very different from hiking as an individual. Each hiker has a responsibility to the group, as the group has a responsibility to each hiker. Participants  should plan to stay with the group for the duration of the hike.


CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT
Dress for the Pacific Northwest out-of-doors: expect rain, snow, sunshine, fog and everything between.


HIKER ESSENTIALS
You Should Have:
BACK PACK WITH
FOOD, WATER,
EXTRA CLOTHING,
RAINGEAR,
FLASHLIGHT, MATCHES,
HIKING BOOTS OR HIKING SHOES,
MAP & COMPASS, FIRST AID KIT,
EMERGENCY SHELTER

 
Extra clothes, at minimum, should include a warm hat, gloves and a warm shirt/top. Cotton is not advised. Synthetic materials such as fleece and wool are better alternatives.
Some circumstances could require you to spend the night outside.
Being prepared is for your safety and the safety of the group.


Dogs are required to be leashed on this hike and have their owner present. If you decide you want to unleash your dog, it must be under voice control, stay on the trail, and away from leashed dogs. Give your self and dog adequate space from others. Please respect other hikers on the trail and restrain your dog when approaching or being approached by others

Basically, the closer in and more popular the hike and bigger the group the more insistent I am that dogs remain on leash. You should come expecting to have your dog leashed at all times.


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  • Vanessa

    Loved the trail and the company! Thanks for all the fabulous photographs posted.

    2 · June 7

  • Kathy L.

    Fabulous day, couldn't ask for much better. Enough shade, sun, flowers, views and friends. Thanks for enjoying the day with me everyone.

    2 · June 6

  • Ginger Bracamontes C.

    Already soaking my tired muscles! This was a fabulous hike, Kathy! Thank you!!!

    June 6

  • Vanessa

    I am out of range of a computer after 6am so please text me any last minute changes. Thanks, Kathy.

    June 6

  • Kathy L.

    See you all Friday morning 8:30am at North Bend Safeway (The Chase Bank end of the lot). If you are planning on not meeting there, please let us know. My phone # is[masked] if you need to get a hold of me that morning.
    Bring lunch, snacks, lots of water for yourself and your dogs, sunscreen, cameras and all the essentials.
    Be prepared for a 4-5 hr hike plus 2 hr or so drive home so may not be back until 5-6ish.
    Looking forward to it. Hopefully I can move after my trailwork day Thursday. May be a little (or a lot) sore.

    June 4

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm going to have to pass on this hike. Have a great hike.

    June 3

  • Cyn R.

    Is there a carpool spot for me this time? My car has a dash light on which nobody can explain. I am driving it on the instruction of the mechanic so will assume it will be fine -especially if we caravan!

    June 2

    • Kathy L.

      Cyn, you can ride with me if you can meet at North Bend Safeway.

      June 3

  • Jennifer E.

    Ms Kathy ... So I guess my oncall Thursday night is cancelled .. Is there any way of I can still join you guys for the hike ? For Fridays?

    June 1

  • Collene

    hey, I did this last year on almost this exact date! While the star of this hike is the easily seen pink bitterroot at Iron Bear Pass, there is also plenty of balsamroot, one of my faves. As the WTA report says, remember this is an east-side hike that is somewhat exposed - and the stream at the TH is about the only water. I went right to get to the report's "delightful 5489' high point" without really figuring out how far it seemed to indicate that was. For some reason, I assumed it was not that far in mileage/elevation, but it truth it was quite a ways further. But worth the effort so be persistent!

    May 31

    • Kathy L.

      I always seem to be a year behind you. I appreciate your insight and input

      May 31

  • Kathy L.

    Don't forget to treat your dogs for ticks and bring tick repellant for yourselves as well if you don't want any unexpected visitors.

    1 · May 31

  • Jennifer E.

    I thought I was able to go but I can't because I'm oncall the day before and I don't get home till 8am. But! Looking for next hike I can go

    May 19

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