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Teeley Creek Trail #251 to Bertha May Lake

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Gifford Pinchot National Forest
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Teeley Creek Trail #251 to Bertha May Lake is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Packwood, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.9 mi Elevation gain 587 ft Route type Out & Back

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Getting There

Teeley Creek Trail is a short (approx. 1/2 mile) trail that goes pass Pothole Lake to Trail 250 (Osborne Trail).

Frome Ashford WA take NF 52 Past Big Creek Campground. Turn right on NF 84. Turn right on NF 8410, follow to TH on left.

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Sergei Kutrovski
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HikingMuddy

Wonderful trail! Two lakes in the middle of dense forest. Gorgeous and serene. The trail was tight at times, and a bit muddy, but manageable. A few nice cutbacks with inclines. Part of the trail crosses a creek. Hiked the trail an hour before sunset and didn’t consider hiking back in the dark. Even though I wasn’t prepared, and with out a light, an iPhone flashlight was enough and the return trip took about 30 min.

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Priscilla Azevedo
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Hiking

Perfect day. Views of rainier and the lakes are beautiful. We took our 8 and 11 yr olds. Easy hike, recommend hiking boots.

Jenny A.
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HikingBridge outBugsMuddy

Great trail— backpacked in to camp at Granite lake with our 4 year old and he did great. The only reason I’m giving this one 4 stars instead of 5 is that all of the bridges were out, which just meant having to carry a pack and a kid across the logs that had fallen into the river. Go on a clear day for some stunning views of Rainier and during the week if you don’t want to see too many people. There are also still a few snowy spots, but. I thing a good pair of hiking boots can’t handle.

Emily G.
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Hiking

Hiked Friday 6/19. We got there fairly late in the day (5 PM or so), and there were a few cars parked at the trailhead. Trail itself is in excellent condition; bring hiking boots for the creek crossing (I would not recommend sneakers as the water was quite cold, fast, and high). Two gorgeous lakes to enjoy along the way. The switchback to the second lake is a short ways after the creek crossing. You'll see a signpost that says "250," if you turn around at this point you'll see behind you another trail marker pointing you up a switchback, which will lead to the second lake. Saw more folks along the trail on the way back (perhaps for overnight camping). Road to trail was cluttered with branches and rocks, but passable.

Brandon T
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Hiking

6/17/20 awesome hike, trail was a little muddy but next to no people. The road is open, just mud and dodging downed trees. Beautiful lake reflections of forest and mts.

Lauren Kregel
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HikingMuddySnowWashed out

Hiked on 6/2/20 the road to get to the hike is pretty washed out and a lot of fallen trees. If you’re vehicle is taller than a standard car you won’t be able to go under the trees on the road. They really need to send people up there to properly maintain that road. The trail head there’s a couple of snowy spots but it’s pretty packed down so easy to cross. Quite a few muddy spots and the little creek is raging right now so you have to cross a 20ft path that’s now underwater. Other than those things this hike was very nice. The first lake which i believe is pothole lake was only like .3 miles in, and that hike was extremely easy. After that to get to the second lake it’s all switch backs and a bit of elevation. I would say that was quite moderate. Oh yeah and the one bridge has collapsed, but you can still step on it and cross

Eric Poulin
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Hiked on 5/12/20. Road is snowed out about 1.5 miles before trailhead. The forest road prior is washed out in some areas. Driving precaution is needed and higher clearance than a typical car is needed. The hike up the forest road to trail head is covered in 24”-30” inches of snow. Gaiters are recommended. We had mountaineering boots and didn’t use micro spikes, but micro spikes may have made it easier in certain sections. Once on the trail, 90% is snow covered. Portions of the trail are difficult to navigate when when ascending high grades due to snow cover. All bridges are washed out, but capable of crossing with precaution. The reward of Bertha May Lake is worth the difficult mixed snow approach. Continuing on to Granite Lake was difficult because of the first bridge wash out. And increased snow. We decided to turn back 1/4 mile past Bertha May Lake. I will definitely return with more gear or wait until snow melts more. No one was out there today, we had the trail to ourselves.

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Mary Dagan
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HikingBlowdownSnow

The road leading up to the trail is still a bit snowy. But the issue is the trees that are blocking the road that were blown over now. I do not advise anyone attempting this trail until rangers are able to get out there and clear the road

Serge Lobatch
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Trail was nice, and relatively well groomed. A bit steep at the end. Nice lake up top. Road to the trailhead was not bad at all. Drove up in my Jetta.

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Yucca P.
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HikingBlowdownBridge outBugsOver grown

This hike could have been great, but there were too many issues with the trail and the road to get there today. At other times of the year, earlier in the summer, this would be a better hike. The paved road out if Ashford has very deep potholes. The dirt road to the trailhead can be rough and if it's rained recently, I probably wouldn't bring a regular car up there. The hike itself was nice and there were occasional obstructed views of Mt. Rainier, but not any panoramic viewpoints. The entire forest was buzzing with yellow jackets and everyone in my group except me got stung, and they were especially bad near the lakes. I probably would do this trail again, but I'd do it in early or mid summer to avoid the late summer and fall yellow jackets. There were too many places where people have cut the switchbacks to the point that I came down one of them by accident since it appeared to be the most worn path. Considering that this is a long drive up a rocky road, I would have expected less trash on the hike, but I picked up more trash today than in have on any hike this year. However, I did skinny dip to retrieve a beer can tossed about 30 feet into the upper lake. I did not haul out the two tarps I saw abandoned by campers. The lakes are beautiful and I saw tadpoles and a few very tiny fish, but never saw a trout rise to the surface.

Yucca P.
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Paul Brown
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Hiking

It’s a beautiful trail but the dirt bikes were noisy and disturbed a wasp nest. Those wasps swarmed some other hikers and stung them, but they thankfully warned us.

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Stan N Ronica Sobiech
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Hiking

We hiked out 2.5 and saw 3 different lakes. The water was clear and gorgeous with mountain cliffs behind. There was also a stunning view of Mt Rainier.

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