Bearjack Ridge in Teanaway Backcountry / 提安那威偏遠地區的大熊傑克脊

Bearjack Ridge parallels south of the ridgeline with popular high points like Navaho Peak. The two peaks of this ridge are a little over a mile apart. So it’s feasible to visit both of them with a loop hike.

Next stop, Bearjack Ridge East Peak
Next stop, Bearjack Ridge East Peak

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Bearjack Ridge at a Glance

Access: NF-9738 at mile 3.4
Round Trip: 6.7 miles
Elevation Range: 3200′-6402′
Gear: none

GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: yes

Bearjack Ridge

This outing would be perfect for people seeking a good workout than savoring views. As it turned out, the scenery was nowhere nearly as grandiose as those peaks to the north. But with pure solitude.

In contrast, views from the northern neighbors like Miller Peak and Earl Peak were continuous. This morning I parked at the fork of Road 9738 and a spur roadway. Then we went up directly south of the west peak.

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The Southern Route

A couple of reports suggested going up on the northeast-trending rib from the road. But I had planned on a loop trip. So it made sense to approach the west peak from the west instead.

That way, we would be on the ridgeline shy of the summit. At the same time, we would avoid repeating the southeast ridge. So the pup and I went up the minor ridge below the summit.

Colchuck Peak and Dragontail Peak
Colchuck Peak and Dragontail Peak

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Bearjack Ridge West Peak

At 3600′, the ridge turned north-northwest. So we continued until we reached the southwest ridge at 4300′. Then from there, it was a direct eastbound traverse to reach the west peak.

The woodsy summit barely had any views. So I could only see Earl Peak, Colchuck Peak, and Dragontail Peak through small openings. Fay Pullen had placed a register placed on top.

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Traverse the Ridgeline

We left the summit shortly. Then we continued east toward our next objective–the east peak. The ridge traverse offered decent views to the south as we moved through the ridgeline.

Later from Point 4464, we got glimpses of the taller peaks through small openings. Soon, we went right back into the forest. We saw the east peak briefly from Point 4542. Then we avoided most brush by staying on and south of the crest.

Earl Peak through the tiny opening
Earl Peak through the tiny opening

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Bearjack Ridge East Peak

It became increasingly brushy from 4600′ to the top of the east peak. So we moved onto the western slopes to finish the final stretch. Views here comprised the rolling hills east of Highway 97.

I also got a glimpse of Iron Bear and Joker by sticking my head out over clearing. Views to the north were virtually nonexistent unless I looked very closely through tree branches. I didn’t see a register here.

Eastern panoramic view
Eastern panoramic view

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Outro

We exited via the southeast ridge to the 4600′ saddle. Then we followed the southwest rib down to the roadway. Soon, we spent the next and a half miles on the road back to the car.

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