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Hardscrabble Creek

Central Cascades


Central Cascades -- Blewett Pass
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3.7 miles, one-way


Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 5900 ft.


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Hardscrabble Creek connects the Ingalls Creek drainage with the Wenatchee Mountain crest. Steep and difficult to follow, it has no trailhead, but rather begins at a junction with the Ingalls Creek trail, 8.5 miles from the Ingalls Creek Trailhead.

From the turnoff with Ingalls Creek, the route climbs steadily in Hardscrabble Creek basin, becoming difficult to find. The trail trends west, climbing gradually up out of the forest and becoming more evident. Hardscrabble Creek trail ends at a junction with the County Line trail, another hard-to-follow route that borders Chelan and Kittitas counties and offers access to Navaho Peak and other destinations in the Teanaway. The trail also passes below a prominent rock outcropping known as Volcanic Neck. 


Hardscrabble Creek

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.4490, -120.8340 Open map in new window


Central Cascades -- Blewett Pass

Hardscrabble Creek (#1218)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Wenatchee River Ranger District

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Getting There

From Cle Elum take Highway 970 east for 7 miles to Highway 97. Go north topping Blewett Pass. At milepost 178, turn left onto Ingalls Creek Road. Cross Peshastin Creek, bear left. The trailhead is at the road's end.

From Leavenworth, take Highway 2 east for 4 miles, then take a right onto Highway 97S and proceed for 7 miles before taking a right onto Ingalls Creek Road. Cross Peshastin Creek and bear left. The trailhead is at the road's end.


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