Iron Bear Trail #1351to Teanaway Ridge Trail #1363

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Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

Iron Bear Trail #1351to Teanaway Ridge Trail #1363 is a 6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cle Elum, Washington that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, horses, and mountain biking and is best used from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length6.0 miElevation gain1,794 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Iron Creek Trailhead: No Fee Bear Creek Trailhead: Northwest Forest Pass or $5 per vehicle per day. Fee tube located at Stafford Creek Trialhead 1.5 miles away.

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Cle Elum Ranger District 803 W. 2nd Street Cle Elum, WA 98922 (509) 852-1100

To Iron Creek Trailhead: From I-90 take exit 85. Go left and then right to enter US 970 and US 97 for 19.3 miles. Go left on FR 9714 for 2.7 miles to the end and trailhead #1351. At the end of FR 9714 you will ford a stream just before you turn right to get to the trailhead. To Bear Creek Trailhead: 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 13 miles to 29 Pines Campground, where the pavement ends. Veer right, and continue about 1 mile. At the first road junction after crossing the bridge over Stafford Creek, turn right onto Forest Road 9703 (signed "Stafford Creek") and drive 4 miles to road's end.

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Joseph Reardon
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Cross-country skiingSnow

Definitely a cool place for some cross country skiing or snow shoeing. Unfortunately, I have neither. The boys got some paw wax and we trekked out as far as we could. Had to stick to the main forest road. Very relaxing with the ambience of creek water. Light wind swirls shook tree branches and snow dust lingered in the air.

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Steve Smith
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HikingSnow

Great views, most larch have lost needles now, lots of snow (was post holing to knee depth), road to TH is sketchy. Parked a few miles early to avoid getting stuck in 4x4; Subaru owner agreed it was a tough road.

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Mani Vairapandi
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Douglas Kilpatrick
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Ahmed Zeghmi
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Hiking

Nice easy and relatively short hike. Trail is in good shape and most of the incline is steady and gradual. Views throughout are pretty, beautiful autumn colors and rolling hills in the distance. There was no snow on the trail or on the road leading to it. Perfect for a short day hike.

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Heather Young
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Hiking

Larches are poppin’! Forest road currently passable by a low-slung hybrid sedan but rain and snow are coming soon so soon all-wheel drive and high clearance vehicles will be best. Trail in great condition.

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Carol Guan
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HikingGreat!No shade

It was another happy day in the mountain and the first day changing back from daylight saving time. The road to the trailhead was good; the trail condition was really nice. I saw the most beautiful western larches for the first time. We started on Iron Bear trail for about 1.8 miles then we turned onto Teanaway Ridge trail. The western larches in far distance, Mt Rainier and Mt Stuart were almost all the way accompanying us until the first peak in about another 1.5 miles. We continued on and in no time we saw the western larches by the side of trail. They were so much taller than the larches I saw in other trails like Lake Ingalls or Enchantments; and they were at peak time. So beautiful! In about another .5 miles, we branched out and reached the second peak Jester mountain. After some rest and lunch, we came back to the junction to main trail and continued for another mile or so to get to the last peak, which was hidden in the woods, not accessible. We could only get on a high point. There were some ice and snow on the trail but manageable without micro spikes. At this point, we returned and got back to the trailhead by a few minutes to 4pm. On the road, we encountered one mountain biker and two mountain motorists. About half of the trail had no shades so sunscreens and sunglasses would be essential. At this time, no need for micro spikes but could be needed if it snows again.

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Peng Li
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HikingGreat!

Nice view along Teanaway Ridge Trail. The western larch just turned yellow. There is a little snow on the road leading to the trailhead but not a problem to most cars. Be aware of potholes and bring a map as the trailhead is not easy to find.

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joy m
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Hiking

Beautiful views! Moderate hike, not to difficult. Somewhat busy trail. Crowded at the top. Only downside is sharing trail with motorbikes.

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Lance Deskins
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Hiking

Beautiful hike with a very gradual incline. Easy as it gets.

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Lynne Deskins
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Bird watching

Beautiful!

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Darpan Dodiya
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KHE Miniken
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Hiking

Hiked on a crisp fall day. Not crowded at all. Views were great and the trail was in good condition. Very cold and windy at the top of the ridge. Definitely recommend layers and a wind breaker. Lots of hunters on dirt bikes but they drove at careful speeds and weren’t too obtrusive. A good hike for the amount of effort required.

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KaKa FreeDom
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Lacey Hofer
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HikingGreat!

Easy hike, with views almost half way up. I also love how you could keep going past Iron Bear if you really wanted to!

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Mike Sylvanus
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Hiking

Very enjoyable and interesting trail through forest, along ridge to great viewpoint of Stuart, Rainier, Adams

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Paula Mookerjee
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HikingGreat!

Bring a jacket, hat, and warm gloves for the top - it's windy up there!

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Dan Edwards
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Hiking

fun quick train with a nice incline and some great sweeping valley views.

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C- Mac
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HikingGreat!

Very enjoyable hike. Lots of shade on a sunny day. The first half mile and the last mile to the top are the most challenging. The almost 360° view from the top is absolutely worth it.

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Wulandari Wulandari
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Great!No shade
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Jessica Rademacher
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Katie Watkins
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ok.

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Jason Rosman
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HikingGreat!

It was a relative easy hike nothing to fancy. There was no scrambling which was unfortunate. To make it a little harder I walked another 20 minutes on the trail and went to the the top of Jester peak as well. As they said in top gun, “jesters dead”

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Kristen Dorsey
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Hiking

This is a great trail! It is well-maintained and it is challenging the whole way up. The areas of shade provided a nice break from the direct sunlight. I started very early; 6am and was very happy that I did. By 7am, it was warm and the sun was shining brightly. It is a steady incline with some steep places but overall a very good trail. There is a little bit of confusion because the app says to go to the right at the fork, but going to the right is the Teanaway Ridge Trail and I continue down the Iron Bear trail to the left, and the app told me I was off route. So, not sure why that is, but the view at the peak of the Teanaway Ridge Trail is absolutely beautiful. This hike also logged at 7 miles. It was definitely a beautiful hike and I will most likely do it again in the future.

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- 8 months ago

Thanks for the review, Kristen! We have updated the trail name accordingly. Still see something wrong? Please write us at support@alltrails.com!

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Rhianna Wallace
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Hiking

Steep but beautiful up on the ridge! Shaded and sunny spots.

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William Vesneski
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Hiking

Great trail. A bit of a slog up - nothing too hard - and well worth the view at the end. I had it practically to myself on a Friday afternoon.

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Angela Hernandez
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HikingBugsGreat!

Hiked on 7/8/2020 This was my first experience with a solo hike and it was amazing. Got at the trial head at 9:00am took me about 2 hours to get up and about 1 1/2 down. like others have said the actual trail head is just past the little stream to the right. There is a 4 way around the 1.5 mile and the map on here had me go right which actually took me on the Teanaway Ridge trail. On my way down I realized that, guess I will need to come back and finish the Bear Cr. Trail? just can't find a map on it. I passes 27 people 4 which were in front of me all the others were going up while was foing down. Amazing views!

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