Iron Peak is one of our favorite hikes. We did it last year in late June. Our friend wanted to go hiking in the Teanaway and suggested that we do Iron Peak. It would be a good time especially with the late snow melt this year - we might even see a few wildflowers still on the saddle.
The day was foggy here in Seattle. We have had a strange on-shore flow this month bringing us foggy morning. It usually burns off by noon or early afternoon. It has been keeping the temperatures moderate. We did not get out of the overcast until we went over Snoqualmie Pass.
It was the normal drive of about 2 1/2 hours. The dirt road had been graded up to the turnoff for Beverly and quite a few potholes to slow us down for the last few miles. There were a couple of other cars at the trail head.
The trail was dry and dusty. I took my time since I'm out of shape. It was quite hazy due to fires around Wenatchee and in central BC. I was surprised that we could not see Mt. Stuart clearly. It wasn't until the last mile or so that we saw some lupine and other wildflowers.
I mentioned last year that we had taken a picture at the saddle back in the mid-80's. We took a copy along and looked around for the spot we had taken the picture. We couldn't find it so we just found an interesting spot and tried to recreate it. It was fun.
We started back and our friend asked if we ever saw any goats. Nope. We had never seen any goat any of the times we had hiked this trail or others in the Teanaway or Esmeralda area. I had heard there were some but never saw one.
We hadn't gone more than maybe a dozen steps when G who was in the front said "There's a goat on the trail"! I thought for certain he was joking until I looked over his shoulder and sure enough - there was a billy goat coming up the trail. He was real interested in us and kept coming closer... and closer... We didn't know the proper etiquette for meeting a goat. We finally start around him and he passed on by.
It was gusty at the saddle and one our hats went flying. The guys started down the other side to get the hat while I stayed up at the saddle. I turned around and there was Mr. Billy Goat again. He kept coming closer and closer but he just stayed at the saddle. Finally he found a spot where a horse had peed and decided it would make a good salt lick. We watched him snorting around in the dirt until we finally decided to head down and leave the mountain to him.
It was a quick dusty trip down the mountain and back to Seattle. But what an experience to come face to face with a Mountain Goat.
Hazy View along the trail
- Iron Peak - Teanaway Country
- Beverly Turnpike - August 2008
- Esmeralda Basin - July 2006
- Iron Peak - Ingalls Loop - July 2004 (a 16 mile loop!)
- Miller Peak - June 2004