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Earl Peak... Teanaway area

WEATHER.... The weather went from 20% chance of rain to 50% so bring your rain gear, expect the worse and hope for the best... If you are not a "hike in the rain" person, please change your RSVP...   On that note, Sunday looks BEAUTIFUL so anybody wants to hike with me on Sunday as well just let me know...

Add yourself to the waitlist... I'll pull you in based on no-shows... This is NOT an easy hike

This is a 9 mile hike with 3600 ft of elevation gain and a high point of 7000 ft... It's not an easy hike so please know what your capable of because unless your broken we don't turn back.

$20.00 for gas

Slow to moderate with lots of photographs

No cotton, no jeans, have your 10 essentials and we may stop for a bite to eat on the way home..

Here's Bean Creek trail, which junctions with the Earl Peak trail at the foot of Bean Creek Basin (about two miles in ---

see description below about "broad swath of green; we'll go right there). Then it's another 2 miles of climbing to the top of Earl Peak.

Mount Stuart dominates the eastern half of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, towering so high above its surrounding peaks that it can be seen from trails throughout the region. Bean Creek is one of those trails affording views of the spectacular rock slabs of Stuart. But there's more to this trail than mountain views. Indeed, there are splendid views of Ingalls Peak and other summits in the Stuart Range. But it's the little things that make Bean Creek special. A plethora of blooming plants--wildflowers of all varieties--grace the valley. And an army of wild critters calls the basin home, from mule deer to deer mice, from gray jays to pileated woodpeckers.

Cross Beverly Creek on the stout bridge near the trailhead and climb creekside on an old, overgrown roadbed. At 0.5 mile turn right at the first trail junction and start up Bean Creek valley. The trail drives upward through the tight valley, lined lightly with trees and carpeted with beargrass, buckwheat, and other blooming plants under the waving branches of the pines and firs.

Many of the trees that used to dot the hillsides can be seen rotting in piles at the bottom of the steep valley--dropped by a violent avalanche some years before. The trail continues a steep climb for nearly a mile, crossing the creek to access more cool forest and small forest meadows higher up the valley. The creek can be fast and tough to wade early in the year when melting snows swell the flow.

At 2 miles the trail leaves a stand of forest and erupts onto a broad swath of green, speckled with reds, blues, purples, yellows, and whites--that is, a vast grassy meadow filled with the odoriferous heads of blooming wildflowers.

At this point the trail forks. This is where we'll go right to Earl Peak, instead of left into the basin. Although the basin could be a good side trip if the flowers are out.

Driving Directions:

From Seattle drive east on I-90 to East Cle Elum, exit 85. Cross over the freeway overpass and turn right (northbound) on State Route 970. Cross the Teanaway River bridge, and in another mile turn left onto Teanaway Road. Drive north on Teanaway Road, veering right as it becomes first the North Fork Teanaway Road and then unpaved Forest Road 9737 at 29 Pines Campground. Continue north for just under 4 miles before turning right (east) onto Forest Road[masked], which is indicated with a sign for "Beverly-Bean TH". Drive 1.4 miles up Beverly Creek to the road end and trailhead.

Disclaimer: Trailside is not a professional guide service.  Our leaders function, as facilitators only, to enhance your outdoor experience.  Reports of trail and weather conditions are based on best available information, are subject to change, and are no guarantee of fitness for any particular purpose or appropriate for a certain fitness level.  You may join us on this hike at your own risk.  Keep in mind that hiking involves risks and weather changes quickly in the mountains.  You are responsible for your own safety and the more prepared you are, the better the chance you will remain safe.  Signing up for any Trailside organized event indicates that you have read, understand, and agree to the terms of this disclaimer and hold harmless all Trailside Organizers and Leaders in the event of injury or loss.

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  • Lee J.

    What an awesome hike today. Great views, beautiful wildflowers, the best company ... and the Teanaway weather comes through again. All hail the Teanaways!

    1 · June 28, 2014

    • Lee J.

      P.S. - I'll get more pics up tomorrow or Monday.

      1 · June 28, 2014

    • Sandy

      Couldn't agree with you more...thank you all for a beautiful day!! Hail to the Teanaways! :)

      2 · June 28, 2014

  • Laurel

    Lorri, What time should we be at the trailhead, approximately?

    June 26, 2014

    • Lee J.

      Hello, Laurel. At Lorri's request, I am responding to your question. We plan on leaving the Eastgate Park & Ride shortly after 8 a.m. As I recall, it is about a 2 and 1/4 hour drive from there to the trailhead, which means we should be arriving at the TH around 10:30. Do you have directions to the trailhead? You can find them on (Bean Creek Basin Trail) or I can email them to you.

      1 · June 26, 2014

  • Laurel

    Hi, I am driving up from Puyallup. Can I carpool with anyone else heading up via 18? I can drive and pick you up, if you are between me and the trail head/have a NW Forest Pass.

    June 24, 2014

    • Sandy

      Hi Laurel, im driving from Olympia. I can either pick you up or meet with somewhere to carpool with you. I don't have a NW forest pass but can get one. Was planning to get one anyways. :) im good either way!

      June 24, 2014

    • Laurel

      Sounds great, I sent an email.

      June 26, 2014

  • Kamron R.

    How long it the hike?

    June 18, 2014

    • Lee J.

      the hike is about 8-9 miles round trip; 3500' elevation gain, maybe a little more.

      3 · June 18, 2014

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