Miller Peak – Iron Bear Loop – 06-28-2014

Mountaineers hike to Miller Peak and Iron Bear. The weather was cool – a good thing for this long and very strenuous loop. We were fortunate enough to have panoramic views from the summit of Miller Peak. All participants were well prepared to meet the physical challenge of this hike. A long and very satisfying day with great friends in the wilderness.

Participants include Nicole Hansen (leader), Ken Josephson, Jacquie Kaner, Sherry Kytonen, Carla Reynolds, and Angela Schaefer.

Miller Peak – Iron Bear Loop – 06-28-2014 (Fullscreen Slideshow)

References:

  • Washington Trails Association, Miller Peak
  • Best Loop Hikes, Washington, Edited and Compiled by Dan A. Nelson, Photos by Alan Bauer – No. 64 Miller Peak
  • Miller Peak – Peakbagger.com
  • Iron Bear – Peakbagger.com
  • Green Trails – Mount Stuart, WA – No. 209
  • Green Trails – Liberty, WA – No. 210

There’s something special about the Teanaway Country. Fragrant pine forests. Sprawling wildflower fields. Grand views. Wildlife of all kinds and sizes. Miller Peak has all this, and more. The long climb along an exposed, sun-baked ridge provides unmatched views, reaching south to Mount Adams and north over the ragged teeth of the Stuart Range. That open ridge also offers up the risks of sunburn and heat exhaustion, so pack plenty of sunscreen and carry more water than you think you might need. Also, be prepared to encounter motorcycles along this trail. Though their use is sporadic and chances are you won’t see the dirt bikers, their presence is felt even when they aren’t around–the motorcycles gouge deep ruts into the trail tread and grind the soil into dust.

Driving Directions
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. Turn left (north) on US 97 and drive 2.5 miles beyond Mineral Springs Resort to Iron Creek Road (Forest Road 9714). Turn left (west) and follow Iron Creek Road for 3.6 miles to the road end and trailhead. The road’s final 0.5 mile is very rough. If you fear for your car’s undercarriage, park lower and hike the last leg of the road.
Trailhead GPS coordinates (47.3543, -120.7184)
Northwest Forest Pass required.

Hiking Stats:
17.90 miles, 4989 ft. gain, 10 hrs 33 min.

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