Iron Peak



Country: United States

Location: Wenatchee Mountains, Washington

Round trip: 10 km

Start elevation: 1190 m

Final elevation: 1980  m

Maps: Green Trails #209 Mount Stuart

Contributor: David Sellars

getting there

From Cle Elum take SR 970 east and turn north on North Fork Teanaway road (Forest Road # 9737). Iron Creek Trail #1399 is 35 km along the road.  

featured plant

Douglasia nivalis

partial plant list

Anemone drummondii

Douglasia nivalis

Claytonia megarhiza v nivalis

Erythronium grandiflorum

Trillium ovatum

Castilleja elmeri

Lomatium cuspidatum


A hike in June to Iron Peak is worthwhile to see the emerging Anemone drummondii and Douglasia nivalis.  There can be extensive snow cover as there was in June 2010 but Douglasia nivalis was seen in flower both below the snowline and on the windswept ridge above. In July it possible to see other rare flowers such as Claytonia megarhiza v. nivalis surviving on the serpentine rock.

Except for the frustrating lack of scientific names (incomprehensible given Art Kruckeberg’s involvement) , a highly recommended book that includes this hike is:

Wildflower Hikes of Washington by Art Kruckeberg. The Mountaineers Books

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