Jungle Creek Loop – 05-31-2014

Mountaineers CHS 1 hike along Jungle Creek, a moderate loop near Teanaway Butte with plenty of flowers in bloom this time of year. The first leg of the loop, the Jungle Creek trail no. 1383, is grossly unmaintained. We struggled through dense overgrowth along the creek bottom. Blowdowns were numerous along the entire route – we must have negotiated our way over more that 20 obstacles. We cleaned up and moved some of the smaller debris whenever we could. The flowers gave a magnificent show. The day was perfectly clear for grand views of the peaks of the county line and Stuart range.

Participants include Nicole Hansen (leader), Rita Campbell, Thomas Davis, Lloyd Fleck, Jodie Framke, Lisa Grayson, Nancy Jordan Brian Lindgren, Nancy Musgrove, Diane Reincke, Joy Selm, and Rayna Weth. A wonderful group who remained cheerful despite trail conditions. We dined at the Cottage Inn in Cle Elum afterwards.

Jungle Creek Loop – 05-31-2014 (Fullscreen Slideshow)

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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.

Driving Directions:
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 47.3456, -120.8938). 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.
Trailhead GPS coordinates (47.3456, -120.8938)
Northwest Forest Pass required.

Hiking Stats:
8.20 miles, 2270 ft. gain, 6 hrs 48 min.

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