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Seattle: Esmeralda Basin Trail to Fortune Creek Pass

Climb to a pass high in the Wenatchee Mountains with colorful wildflower meadows, campsites, and eye-candy panoramas on this 5.4-mile out-and-back.

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Trail Facts

  • Distance: 4.4

Waypoints

ESM001

Location: 47.4367218017578, -120.937164306641

Head NNW on old prospector’s road

ESM002

Location: 47.4404296875, -120.9384765625

Keep straight on Esmeralda Basin Trail

ESM003

Location: 47.4428443908691, -120.942001342773

Cross creek (first of several); rock gardens and lots of streamside greenery; trail climbs again

ESM004

Location: 47.4471092224121, -120.946899414062

In summer, this sloping meadow fills with wildflowers, including shooting stars and pink elephant’s head

ESM005

Location: 47.4502563476562, -120.951156616211

Pass through an old avalanche slope with many downed trees

ESM006

Location: 47.4529457092285, -120.961692810059

Keep R onto thinner trail; huge camp areas on L

ESM007

Location: 47.4542770385742, -120.959861755371

Stunning SE views into the Esmeralda Basin

ESM008

Location: 47.4565849304199, -120.966087341309

Stay L @ junction with County Line Trail #1226.2

ESM009

Location: 47.456916809082, -120.970138549805

Fortune Creek Pass (5,960 ft.); for better views, follow climber’s path SW for .1 mile

ESM010

Location: 47.4559020996094, -120.97142791748

Enjoy a quiet lunch with grand views of Mt. Daniels, Hawkins Mtn., Ingalls Peak, and the Esmeralda Peaks

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