The Iron Bear trail melts out earlier than most trails in the Teanaway. There's a little snow beyond Iron Bear/Teanaway Ridge trail saddle but not enough to obscure the route or warrant snowshoes or traction devices.
Flowers are off to a good start - bitterroot is coming out but not yet in bloom. We saw Indian Paintbrush, glacier lilies, spring beauties, ballhead waterleaf, stonecrop and a few more. The best is still yet to come.
We made it to the knob at 5,489 feet (this is a great lunch spot and turnaround). We enjoyed the views of Mount Stuart and minor peaks of the Teanaway. We did not enjoy the ticks we picked up en route. Wearing gaiters helps.
The hike was 7-1/2 miles round trip with 2,170 feet. Map: Green Trails Mount Stuart