NOTE: October 21, 2016. Forest Service Road 9737 sustained flood damage on half mile below the trialhead. Parking is at Iron Peak Trailhead, 1 mile south. Temporary repairs are expected to be completed Monday October 24.
At a Glance
Road repairs have been made. Vehicles can be driven to the trailhead.
$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.