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Hardscrabble Creek

Central Cascades > Blewett Pass
47.4490, -120.8340 Map & Directions
Length
3.7 miles, one-way
Elevation Gain
2000 feet
Highest Point
5900 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate
A faint trail through a rocky hillside. Photo by JoeyTheMemberMan. Full-size image
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Ridges/passes
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers

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. Continue reading

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Hiking Hardscrabble Creek

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

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.4490, -120.8340 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

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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Trailhead

Central Cascades > Blewett Pass

Hardscrabble Creek (#1218)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Wenatchee River Ranger District

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