Longs Pass, North Fork Teanaway, DH-3
Longs Pass (North Fork Teanaway) DH-3 (moderate)
Nancy and Paul Krupin, 509-582-5174, firstname.lastname@example.org
This is one of the most rewarding hikes in the east-side Cascades for the time and distance.
The trailhead is located northeast of Ellensburg 23 miles up the rough dirt road known as the North Fork of the Teanaway River. The trailhead is at a dead-end which is also the start of the Ingalls Lake Trail and others trails.
This is a moderate hike is 6 miles RT with about 2100 feet gain. The maximum elevation is 6250.
In three steady uphill miles, the trail is a non-stop staircase. it starts in cool forest and then transitions to exposed rocky slopes with wildflowers and views.
Towards the top we do a few switchbacks and then crest a rocky windswept ridge and voila – boom – a knock-your-socks-off take-your-breath-away full face head-on view of Mt. Stuart.
On the ridge line a resident group of mountain goats may meet us for lunch. No guarantees of course.
This trail is rated moderate — it is a reasonably strenuous hike – for people who can climb steps steadily and maintain a decent pace without too many breaks.
Bring the essentials and hiking poles. Dress for rapid weather changes.
We leave town at 6 AM. Please send an email to Paul@Presari.com to sign up by Thursday night. I will send you the meeting place and information. Maximum number of people is 12.