Esmeralda Basin Trail

Cle Elum, Washington

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One of the wonderful aspects of the Teanaway River valley (Indian for “Place of Fish and Berries”) is the promise of sunshine. Though the weather may be cool and wet in Seattle, the Teanaway Valley, in the rain shadow of the Cascades, usually has dependable sunshine. An old miners’ access road to long-ago gold mines now switchbacks through flower-filled meadows to high viewpoints. Children will be intrigued by the sight of rock climbers with their curious gear, leaving from the same trailhead to climb Ingalls Peak. The trail is wide and gains elevation gradually between rugged ridges, past flower gardens renowned among botanists for their rare and unusual species.
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)

One of the wonderful aspects of the Teanaway River valley (Indian for “Place of Fish and Berries”) is the promise of sunshine. Though the weather may be cool and wet in Seattle, the Teanaway Valley, in the rain shadow of the Cascades, usually has dependable sunshine.

An old miners’ access road to long-ago gold mines now switchbacks through flower-filled meadows to high viewpoints. Children will be intrigued by the sight of rock climbers with their curious gear, leaving from the same trailhead to climb Ingalls Peak. The trail is wide and gains elevation gradually between rugged ridges, past flower gardens renowned among botanists for their rare and unusual species.

©  Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Cle Elum
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Season: June to October
Trailhead Elevation: 4,243 feet
Top Elevation: 5,443 feet
Local Contacts: Wenatchee National Forest
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 209 Mt. Stuart; USFS Okanogan and Wenatchee
Driving Directions: Directions to Esmeralda Basin Trail

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