This ride, now part of the Washington Endurance series, included a short portion on the Sasse Mountain trail, then the Jolly Mountain trail, Jolly Creek trail (sketchy descent to the ridge, then very rocky, loose, and steep for 1 mile down from the ridge), then Middle Fork Teanaway, Deroux Spur trail, North Fork Teanaway (I’d skip that HAB section between Deroux campground and the Esmeralda Basin trail the next time), then Esmeralda Basin trail to the Esmeralda ridge, down from there to the Fortune Creek dirtroad, HAB up the Fortune Creek Rd over the saddle, and then down the Boulder de Roux trail to the Cle Elum Valley Rd. It was a nearly endless descent on Boulder de Roux with a few stream crossings and only a couple muddy places.
Fantastic views on this all-day mountain-bike dream come true. Lots of small streams made it easy to fill up with water when needed. The Middle Fork Teanaway was flowing at a decent rate, but I only had to cross it once and it felt very good to stand in the cold water for a while.
Stats: 40 miles, 10k el., 11 hours. GPX track
Going up on NF-4315
Even Mt. Rainier is clearly visible for once!
Lots of dead trees down in the Middle Fork Teanaway valley.
Taking a short portion of the Sasse Mountain trail up to Jolly Mountain. View of Hawkins mountain in the distance.
A few small snow patches remained on the way up Jolly Mountain.
Soon, I’ll be on the Jolly Creek trail which goes just to the right of this ridgeline.
From the top of Jolly Mountain the 360 view includes the Cascades with Mount Stuart to the north.
Time to carefully walk down to the ridge along the Jolly Creek trail.
Heading up Deroux Spur trail.
At the intersection of Koppen Mountain and Deroux spur trail.
Unnamded ridge line near Longs Pass.
Esmeralda Basin trail – mucho fun.
Short rest heading up Esmeralda Basin trail.
Looking back on Iron Peak along the Esmeralda Basin trail.
Esmeralda ridge line.
Gallaher Head and Hawkins Mountain with intense sunset lighting
Dangerously beautiful views riding downhill from Esmeralda ridge.
Pushing up the Fortune Creek dirt road.
Gallaher Head Lake at sunset.
Looking back on Boulder de Roux trail at dusk.
Along the lower portion of the Boulder de Roux trail
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