Middle Fork Teanaway River
Jun 26, 2011
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Middle Fork Teanaway River
- Region: Snoqualmie Pass -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway
- Agency: Cle Elum Ranger District
- Trails: Middle Fork Teanaway River (#1393)
- Avg Rating: 4.25
- Why You Should Go Now
- Wildflowers blooming
- Be Aware Of
- Water on trail
The first thing we learned was that the directions on the Washington Trails Association are incorrect. Ultimately, we had to rely on GPS coordinates & a local store to find the trail head. For those of you without GPS, please note that the left turn onto the Tennaway Road from State Route 970 is approximately ¼ mile past the Teanaway River Bridge (not 1 mile). Continue 7.4 miles on Teanaway Road then turn left onto Middle Fork Road Teanaway Road. The remainder of the directions are correct. You know you reached the trailhead parking when you see the sign pictured below.
At the trailhead, the snow melt has transformed a puddle hop into a 2.5 foot wade through 45 degree water. Once you forge the river, the trail quickly becomes a beautiful canyon with wildflowers blooming all around. The tail is clear for approximately a half mile until you run into the river again. The river crossing is deeper than the trailhead and I would not recommend attempting to cross until water levels fall. In short, unless you are on horseback, I would recommend holding off on this hike until mid-July when water levels have abated.