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.
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.
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