Tieton Meadows Trail

Silver Beach, Washington

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This is wapiti country. For the uninitiated, wapiti is a Native American name for Rocky Mountain elk. These big, majestic beasts thrive along the eastern flank of the South Cascades, and come winter, 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 as 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. Of course, the meadows mean more than mere elk. Birds and beasts of all sizes, colors and species fill these rich fields. Exploring the meadows is an exercise in wildlife watching.
Day Hiking: South Cascades

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Day Hiking: South Cascades

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

This is wapiti country. For the uninitiated, wapiti is a Native American name for Rocky Mountain elk. These big, majestic beasts thrive along the eastern flank of the South Cascades, and come winter, 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 as 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. Of course, the meadows mean more than mere elk. Birds and beasts of all sizes, colors and species fill these rich fields. Exploring the meadows is an exercise in wildlife watching.

© 2007 Dan A. Nelson /The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Silver Beach
Distance: 3.5
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Season: May-November
Trailhead Elevation: 3,450 feet
Top Elevation: 3,600 feet
Local Contacts: USFS Naches Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 303 White Pass
Driving Directions: Directions to Tieton Meadows Trail

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2/11/2099
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Just busted my arm so no skiing so snow shoed this trail for rehab,Todd Sue Hunter.Great area deep snow year



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