Geological Significance · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers
Springtime wildflowers with awesome views of Mount Rainier (Taquoma) and Mount Stuart on the east side of the Teanaway.
Need to Know
Hike is open to dirt bikes for most of the year. US Forest Service limits motorized access between April 1st and June 15th. There are three parking areas for the hike. Two of the parking areas are found after fording Iron Creek. For cars with low clearance, there is a parking area before the creek.
This hike connects two trails to reach a viewpoint with great views of Mount Stuart and Mount Rainier (Taquoma). On a clear day, you may be able to see Mount Adams (Pahto) in the distance.
Iron Bear Trail #1351
starts in forest, then proceeds through low shrubs as you approach the ridge line. You'll pass several small streams as you switchback up 600 feet of elevation.
Over this stretch, you'll hike over both continental sedimentary sandstones of the Swauk formation along with basalts from the Teanaway formation. In about 1.8 miles, you'll reach the four-way junction connecting the Iron Bear Trail #1351
with the Teanaway Ridge Trail #1364
at Iron Bear Pass (elevation 4500 feet).
Take the right trail heading north onto the Teanaway Ridge Trail #1364
. The junction can be a good place to stop for a quick snack before making your way up the next stretch of the trail. After 1.5 miles you'll reach your turnaround point at Iron Bear Peak.
There are a lot of rocks to sit upon to enjoy lunch and the scenery. If wanting to backpack or have a long day hike, you can continue on from there to complete the Iron Bear to Miller Loop
, which connects to the four-way junction you crossed earlier.
Flora & Fauna
Numerous wildflowers including balsamroot, penstemon, paintbrush, and forget-me-nots.
Shared By: Tyler Sutterley