Esmeralda Trailhead

At a Glance

Operational Hours: June - October
Fees: $5/vehicle/day or Northwest Forest Pass, or Interagency Pass required at trailhead. Discover Pass not valid on National Forest lands.
Permit Info: Wilderness permits are required to enter Alpine Lakes Wilderness. The self-issuing permits are free and are available at trailheads.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply. Dogs prohibited on Ingalls Way and Longs Pass trails.
Closest Towns: Cle Elum
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From  Cle Elum, WA  follow Highway 970 east and north approximately 8.5 miles and turn left on Teanaway Road North Fork and follow for 13 miles. Then veer right on Forest Road 9737 and follow for about 9.6 miles to the Esmeralda trailhead.

Recreation Map

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Day Hiking