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Teanaway Community Forest Geology Hike to Cheese Rock

Date & Time
Saturday, June 4, 2022
Priority Area:
Teanaway Community Forest
What to Bring

Shoes suitable for hiking, water and snacks. Proof of vaccination required.

Where to Meet and Parking Information
Directions from I-90 in Cle Elum: • Take exit 85 on I-90 to WA-10/WA-970 in Kittitas County. • Turn right to stay on WA-10/WA-970 for 6.5 miles • Turn left onto Teanaway Rd for 7.3 miles • Turn left onto W Fork Teanaway Rd, go straight through and take it to the end. • Park on the left side of the road.

Millions of years ago, the 50,000 acres that make up the Teanaway Community Forest were part of a jungle. Now the landscape of the Teanaway tells a unique geological history of the times between tropics, ice lakes and today. It also makes up an important watershed area for the Yakima Basin. Join us for a guided geology hike to Cheese Rock with Central Washington University professor Karl Lillquist. Karl is a physical geographer and has been a faculty member for CWU since 1995. His current research looks at environmental change in the deserts and mountains of the western United States.  

Meet at the West Fork turnaround, which requires a Discover Pass for parking. There, you’ll check in with your vaccine card, then the group will make its way to the landmark formation Cheese Rock. The group will cross the West Fork of the Teanaway river on a bridge, then ford Carlson Creek before ascending about 280 feet. After scrambling across the long stretch of exposed rock and reaching Cheese Rock, the group will head along the ridge to a forest road that will take them back down the hill. This hike is short (2.5 miles round trip), but it does involve a creek crossing and some rapid elevation gain, so be prepared! The loop takes about two hours round trip, so bring water and snacks.   

Registration is free, but limited to 15 people, and those of all ages are encouraged to join us, as long as they feel comfortable with the demands of the hike. Proof of vaccination is required for participation. And don’t forget to bring your Discover Pass for parking! DNR has a permanent no flush toilet at the West Fork turnaround.