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Iron Bear to Miller Loop

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17.9 mile 28.9 kilometer loop
78% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 4,568' 1,392 m
Descent: -4,568' -1,392 m
High: 6,353' 1,936 m
Low: 3,244' 989 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 63% (32°)

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Trail shared by Jason Santos

Ridge running in the Teanaway

Jason Santos

Features River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers

Overview

This route gives you an awesome taste of the east side of the Teanaway.

Need to Know

This loop is open to dirt bikes and mountain bikes. I've always found them courteous.

Runner Notes

There is little to no water on the County Line trail. Make sure you fill up in the valleys.

Description

Easy to follow loop. Start at the Iron Creek Trail on FR9714 from Highway 97 and head up the switchbacks a little over 1.5 miles to the junction with Iron Bear Trail #1351 and Teanaway Ridge Trail #1364 . Hang a right and head north on Teanaway Ridge Trail #1364 to the summit of Iron Bear Peak. If you look north, you'll see Miller Peak, a later destination.

Once you've had your fill atop Iron Bear Peak, continue on the Teanaway Ridge Trail #1364 to a junction and bear left. You're now on the County Line Trail, which will take you along the ridge until you're skirting Miller Peak. At about 7.5 miles, you'll reach the junction with Miller Peak Trail. Hang a right if you want to summit Miller Peak (~6400'). From Miller Peak's summit, enjoy the view of Stuart and the Enchantments Peaks, as well as Navaho and Earl.

Drop back down from Miller Peak and continue right along Miller Peak Trail. You'll start dropping in elevation on a series of runnable switchbacks. Once you get lower into the valley, depending on the time of year, get ready for some creek crossings and wet feet.

At mile ~12.5, you'll reach the Miller Peak TH. Look for the Iron Bear Trail #1351 to the left and head up thataway. You'll gradually climb back up out of the valley and at ~16 miles, you'll hit the first junction you came to. Hopefully this looks familiar! Head back down Iron Creek Trail to the TH.

Flora & Fauna

Lots of balsam root

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Jun 8, 2019
Jason Santos
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County Line Trail on the side of Miller Peak.
Jul 22, 2019 near Leavenw…, WA
Iron Bear Peak view
Jun 20, 2018 near Leavenw…, WA

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