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Iron Peak Loop

Snoqualmie Region


Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway
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14.5 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 3600 ft.
Highest Point: 6387 ft.


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Northwest Forest Pass

A strenuous loop hike in the Teanaway area of Washington. Cross two mountain passes, hike alongside of a creek, and climb, climb, climb to some excellent views. 

The Iron Peak loop offers visitors a long day hike or a weekend backpacking trip, as long as you're OK with carrying a full pack over two mountain passes, gaining and losing more than 4000 feet of elevation along the way. 

From the Esmeralda trailhead, you'll take the popular trail for Ingalls Lake. Switchback through temperate forest to a more alpine area. 1.4 miles from the trailhead, a trail to your right peels off for Longs Pass. Take it, and begin climbing. 

In the pass, look for a cairn, indicating a faint way trail that heads downhill, on the north side of the pass into the Ingalls Creek drainage. Head down, hooking up with the Ingalls Creek trail. Once there, head right (east) on it, following the trail to a junction that leads to Iron Peak. Head uphill on this trail, climbing out of the creek drainage up the north sides of Iron Peak. 

From a small saddle on the west shoulder of Iron Peak, wave goodbye the views of the valley and head south, 3.5 miles down the trail and back to the road. Once on the road, turn right and walk up to the Esmeralda Basin trailhead. 


Iron Peak Loop

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.4361, -120.9372 Open map in new window


Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

Iron Peak (#1399)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Pass (Nelson & Bauer - Mountaineers Books)

Green Trails Mount Stuart No. 209

Buy the Green Trails Mount Stuart No. 209 map

Buy the Green Trails Enchantments No. 209S map

Getting There

From I-90, take exit 85. Get on Highway 970 (also signed for Highway 10), and drive seven miles to the turnoff for the Teanaway Road. Turn left onto this paved road and proceed north for 7.5 miles to where the pavement ends.

Where the pavement ends, continue straight, now on the North Fork Teanaway Road 9737. Continue straight for about 8.5 miles to where the road splits. Take the right fork, and continue following the North Fork Teanaway Road 9737. It is another seven miles to the road's end and the trailhead.

If the trailhead is full, park ONLY on the west side of the road (it is signed "Parking This Side Only") to allow safe traffic flow.

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Northwest Forest Pass

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