NOTE: FS Road 9737 closed due to flood damage 1.2 miles south of Esmeralda Basin Trailhead at the Iron Peak Trailhead. Parking is limited, expect heavy use and the possiblility of no parking spaces available. Do not block turnaround area. Alternate parking at DeRoux Trailhead.
At a Glance
Parking at Iron Peak Trailhead, 1.2 miles south on FS Road 9737
$5/Vehicle/day or Northwest Forest Pass. Washington State Discover passes are not valid on National Forest lands.
Wilderness permits are required to enter Alpine Lakes Wilderness. The self-issuing permits are free and are available at trailheads.
From Cle Elum, WA follow Highway 903/W for 2 miles. Continue straight onto Highway 10/ 970 and follow for 6.5 miles. Turn left on Teanaway Road North Fork and follow for 13 miles. Then stay right on Forest Road 9737 and follow for about 9.6 miles to the Esmeralda trailhead.