Alpine Scramble - Bean Peak

Snow trip for only Seattle Scramble Course students - SeattleSnowTrip (this beautiful moderate trip with superb grippy rock and stunning views is actually open to ALL scramblers, but will certainly serve for snow credit for Seattle students).

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  • Strenuous 3, Technical 2
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,300 ft

We will meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Bean/Beverly TH (a right off the North Fork Teanaway Road, just before the Beverly Creek Bridge and a half-mile before the Beverly Creek CG).  The usual forest parking pass required for all vehicles.

We may make arrangements to have a car-pool meet-up and caravan over as the trip fills, so keep tuned to your emails.  For those who prefer to drive directly there, it's about 2:45 from Seattle at legal freeway, highway, and FS speeds.  Take I-90 East over Snoqualmie Pass to Cle Elum.  Take the SECOND Cle Elum exit -- the one for Wenatchee and northbound SR 97/970 -- cross the overpass and take the right turn (eastbound).  Highway will head east and then north (do not take the small highway turnoff for Ellensburg).  Just past the Teanaway River bridge, look for the left hand turn onto the paved county Teanaway River Road.  Stay on the mainline road until just past the 29 Pines CG (on your left).  The dirt FS North Fork Teanaway road leaves the paved road at its end (slight right veer).  Stay on the main road (make no turns) until just before the Beverly Creek bridge, where you turn right up the Bean/Beverly trail access road.  Continue to parking area at end of road. 

The county road is nicely paved, but had a couple of short one-way sections last week.  Be alert for those.  The North Fork Rd is dirt with some pothole fields and a couple of cattle guards to rattle across.  The Bean/Beverly side road is dirt with some washboard, potholes, and water-bar ditches.  While all can be driven by passenger vehicles: Stay alert.  Slow down as necessary. 

This is the exact same area we hold our Experience Field Trip/barbeque in in early June, but because of the weather, it's fully available for scrambling right now.  (There are plenty of scramble destinations at the FT, so don't worry that doing Bean now will leave you bored.) 

The peak sits at the head of the Bean Creek Basin.  Much of the approach is trail or way-trail, with one interesting but doable creek crossing.  The weather forecast is for sunny.  The peak offers magnificent in-your-face views of the Stuart Range, which reign over the fabled Enchantments area.  The rock is visually and tactilely delightful -- a honey-brown metamorphized sandstone with incredible grain and sticky/grippiness: confidence-inducing for those new to rock.

This is not a super-hard or super-technical trip, but if you have true conditioning issues or no that you are decidedly uncomfortable with even mild rock exposure, this trip may not be for you.  On the flip side, it's a moderate trip, with some snow and superb rock for those new to rock scrambling.

For those concerned about the long drive, you could head out Friday night or stay Saturday night at Beverly CG.  As of last week, the campground was not officially open, so no fee.  The forest service toilets could be accessed, but are not yet "in service" (in other words, bring your own toilet paper).  A beautiful riverside camp ground set amid open Ponderosa pine forest.  Car camping at its finest, with wood picnic tables and benches and enclosed, grated firepits.  Plenty of wood available for the picking within walking distance of camp.


Bean Peak

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