The ridge dividing the North and Middle Forks of the Teanaway offers lots of solitude and good views of the peaks along the county line and the Stuart Range behind them. It is also just far enough east to escape a lot of west-side rain, and still relatively low enough to offer snow free hiking in the spring. With this year’s snowpack and today’s deteriorating weather, I decided to hike the Jungle Creek Loop instead of doing Thorp Mountain (which I plan to reschedule for later in the 2012 season). Today just about every flower on the south facing slopes was in bloom! I know very little about flowers – help me out and try to name them in the slideshow below.
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Slide 3: Lupine
Slide 4: False Solomon’s Seal
Slide 5: Arrow-Leaved Balsamroot
Slide 6: Yellow Paintbrush
Slide 8: Vanilla-Leaf
Slide 9: Trillium
Slides 10-11: Red-Flowering Currant
Slide 28: Glacier Lily
Participants include Nicole Hansen (leader), Siv Hjorth, Becky Kim, Li-Kuei, Mary Evans, Vivian Doorn, Jennifer Lekisch, and Virginia Klamon.
Reference: “Teanaway Country” by Mary Sutliff. WTA trail reports at Jungle Creek. Maps: Green Trails Mount Stuart, No. 209. Prominent peaks along this route include Johnson Mountain, Malcolm Mountain, and Teanaway Butte – all on the Wenatchee Mountains “Back Court” Top 100.
Head east on I-90 and take exit 85 for WA-970 N toward Wenatchee, go 0.2 mi. Turn left toward WA-10/WA-970, go 0.4 mi. Turn right onto WA-10/WA-970 and continue to follow WA-970, go 6.5 mi. Turn left onto Teanaway Rd, go 7.3 mi. Continue straight onto N Fork Teanaway Rd/Teanaway Rd North Fork, go 5.8 mi. At 29 Pines campground continue left on NF-9701, go 3.0 mi to trailhead (GPS 47.3414,-120.9032). The trailhead is difficult to see. There is a road washout on NF-9701 about 0.5 mi before the trailhead – you may have to park here instead.