Situated high on a divide between waters from the Cle Elum River and the Teanaway River, Hawkins provides superlative views of peaks between the Enchantments and the Cascade Crest through the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
Maps: USGS Mount Stuart. View our topo map. Note: use ‘Print Preview’ before printing to properly scale this map to a full sheet of paper.
Nearest Town: Blewett Pass
Skill Level: 4
Fitness Level: 3
Distance: About 12 miles round trip
Elevation: 3200 ft elevation gain
Recommended Season: Spring
–Traveling south on Highway 97, turn onto Highway 970.
–Follow Hwy 970 for about 3 miles before turning right (north) on Teanaway Rd.
–After about 9 miles on Teanaway Rd, turn right (north) onto North Fork Teanaway Rd.
–Just past 29 Pines Campground, take the right fork of the road.
–About 1.5 miles after the fork, the road bends left. Continue along this road past Beverly Campground
–A short spur on the left side of the road will take you to the DeRoux Campground and the trailhead for the DeRoux Creek Trail.
–Follow the DeRoux Creek Trail. A small campground at the trailhead is a nice amenity if arriving the night before; Beverly Campground is also just down the road a few miles.
–The trail has two key bridges in place that are of high value to hikers. The first crosses the North Fork Teanaway shortly after beginning the hike. The next crosses DeRoux Creek a few miles up the trail. These are in good condition.
–A second crossing of DeRoux Creek at about 5000′ elevation has no bridge or convenient log. Boulder hopping will suffice later when stream flows subside. Some trail work has been done on the lower part, with several logs cut and cleared. Other logs will be small obstacles in places beyond what’s been done so far.
–An easy scramble route (class 2) above Gallagher Head Lake ascends to the col between the western and eastern summits and then continues on to the western summit. This summit is actually divided into two small points, with the northern one being slightly higher.
–In the spring, about half of the route from trailhead to summit may still be snow covered, which may slow one’s pace.
Land Designation: Forest Service
Fees/Permits: Northwest Forest Pass likely to be needed
Issues: Going into this area while significant snow is still about will likely provide for a quieter time, since Gallagher Head Lake is accessible by motorized vehicles later in the summer season. Hikers are recommended to visit the area on a weekday if visiting later in the summer.
Trip Reporter: Charlie Hickenbottom, Wenatchee, 6-21-06
Leave It Better Than You Found It. This should be every outdoor user’s goal. Pick up trash left by others, pull some noxious weeds along your route, throw branches over unwanted spur trails, don’t ride or walk wet trails when you’re leaving ruts/footprints deeper than ¼ inch…
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