Tieton Meadows

White Pass, Washington

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You should keep your dog leashed and under firm control on this hike, as this is wapiti country. For the uninitiated, wapiti is the Native American name for Rocky Mountain elk. These big, majestic beasts thrive along the eastern flank of the South Cascades and hundreds of elk winter in the meadows of the Tieton River valley. As the snow deepens, the elk move farther down the valley, feasting on the rich grasses that fill the meadows. Throughout the summer, the elk disperse, though a few always seem to linger here, and come autumn, the herds are back as the big bulls try to capture the attention of the cows during the rut. This is a magical time to visit the meadows since the lust-crazed bulls bugle challenges at each other. These melodious calls ring through the forests and meadows of the Tieton Valley through much of September.
Best Hikes with Dogs: Western Washington

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Western Washington

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

You should keep your dog leashed and under firm control on this hike, as this is wapiti country. For the uninitiated, wapiti is the Native American name for Rocky Mountain elk. These big, majestic beasts thrive along the eastern flank of the South Cascades and hundreds of elk winter in the meadows of the Tieton River valley. As the snow deepens, the elk move farther down the valley, feasting on the rich grasses that fill the meadows.

Throughout the summer, the elk disperse, though a few always seem to linger here, and come autumn, the herds are back as the big bulls try to capture the attention of the cows during the rut. This is a magical time to visit the meadows since the lust-crazed bulls bugle challenges at each other. These melodious calls ring through the forests and meadows of the Tieton Valley through much of September.

© 2010 Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: White Pass
Distance: 5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: July through October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Snoqualmie National Forest
Local Maps: Green Trails White Pass No. 303
Driving Directions: Directions to Tieton Meadows

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