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Tieton Meadows

South Cascades


South Cascades
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9.8 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 2900 ft.
Highest Point: 3600 ft.


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This horse/hiker trail used to access Bear Creek Mountain, but years of underuse and neglect has rendered it nearly impossible to follow.

If you attempt it, have a good map, compass and navigation skills. Expect a river crossing right off the bat, and bushwhacking or routefinding for most of the grueling 4.9-mile climb from the North Fork Tieton River valley up the northwest-facing shoulder of Bear Creek Mountain. The river valley is at 3300 feet at the junction is at 6200, meaning it’s 2900 feet of elevation gain in just 4.9 miles.

The first leg ends at a junction with the Bear Creek Mountain trail. From there it’s another 2.7 miles to the summit of Bear Creek Mountain, which sits at 7337 feet, another 1100 feet of elevation gain.


Tieton Meadows

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 46.5768, -121.3584 Open map in new window


South Cascades

Tieton Meadows (#1128)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Naches Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: South Cascades (Nelson - Mountaineers Books)

Hiking Washington's Goat Rocks Country (Barstad


The Creaky Knees Guide - 100 Best Easy Hikes (Seabury Blair Jr., Sasquatch Books)

Green Trails 303: White Pass

Green Trails 303S: Goat Rocks

William O Douglas Wilderness

Getting There

From US-12, turn south onto NF-1200/Tieton Reservoir Road near Rimrock Lake. Continue straight for 2.9 miles at the road changes to NF-1207 and follow for another 5 miles until reaching the Scatter Creek Trailhead.


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