Bean Creek Basin


Alpine Scramble - Mary's Peak

Seattle Student Snow Scramble. Only for current Seattle alpine scrambling course students who have not yet successfully summited a snow scramble. Mary's Peak as approached from the upper left Bean Basin is a pleasant snow or alpine meadow scramble with some rock at the very top and on the adjacent Bean-Mary's or Judi-Mary's ridges. It poses only low technical challenges or exposure and is only moderately strenuous. It is named in honor of Mary Sutliff, a long-term scramble instructor, former Seattle scramble chair, and author of "Teanaway Country," who helped introduce the Mountaineers to the Teanaway area.

  • Strenuous 3, Technical 3, Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,683 ft
  • Pace: Moderate

Meeting Place: Beverly Creek Trailhead #1391 (moderately rough dirt one-lane Forest Service road). This is a side road off the North Fork Teanaway River Road #9737 (reasonably decent dirt Forest Service two-lane road, with some potholes), which is a continuation of the county paved Teanaway River Road, which branches off from the paved state highway SR 97, which can be reached from exit 85 (east end of the city of Cle Elum) of the I-90 freeway.

Meeting Time: 8:30 a.m., Sunday, May 28, 2023. The day/date has been picked to (hopefully) avoid the worst of either outbound or inbound Memorial Day Weekend traffic.

Further info will come in an email from the leader later in the week (typically Thursday).

Again, this scramble is intended only for current Seattle alpine scrambling students who have not yet successfully completed a snow scramble counting for graduation credit. The scramble may be cancelled if the weather forecast (currently partly sunny) turns too adverse. Mary's has beautiful views of the other Bean Basin peaks, the Teanaway country, and Mt. Stuart and the Stuart Range (the southern boundary of the Enchantments), as well as of the Cascade Crest peaks. There's no point in making the moderately long drive if the views aren't going to be there. Mary's and the other Bean Basin peaks are included in the options for the Experience field trip, scheduled for one week later. It would be redundant to choose this peak for the field trip if you are registered for this trip: pick another of the many route options!

There is a stream crossing involved with this route and the creek will likely be running moderately high with spring snow melt. It's a good idea to plan to take off your boots and socks and wade the creek, which will be more comfortably done with athletic sandals, old runners, aqua booties or the like. You may also wish to bring a small lightweight absorbent towel to dry your feet after the crossing and before you put your boots back on.


Bean Creek Basin

  • Green Trails Alpine Lakes East (Stuart Range) No. 208SX

    Green Trails Mt Stuart No. 209

    USGS Teanaway Butte

    USGS Mount Stuart

    USGS Red Top Mtn

    USGS Enchantment Lakes
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Helmet
  • Mountaineering Boots
  • Ice Axe
  • Emergency Downclimb Kit (no, it's not likely to be needed, but you should always have it in your pack)
  • See the Leader's Notes above for options for keeping your boots dry while crossing the creek
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