Backcountry Ski/Snowboard - Earl, Bean & Bills Peaks

Bean Creek Basin peaks, Including Earl -- if conditions favorable will ski Earl West Couloir.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • M2 Mountain 2 Ski
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 12.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,600 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 7,036 ft
  • Pace: Vert pace roughly 1,000 ft/hr

Greenlake Park and Ride  -- 5:00 AM
Issaquah Transit Center -- 5:40 AM
29 Pines Sno-Park / Campground 7:30 AM

Leader will be car camping at 29 Pines Friday and Saturday Nights -- Bean/Earl on Saturday and Ingalls basin on Sunday

Actual route will depend on weather and snow conditions. 

One tricky bit of this tour is fording the creek -- often not too big a deal in the AM -- but creek often much higher in the afternoon.   Advisable to bring sandals for fording to keep boots and liners dry.   The lighter approach is to ford wearing ski boot shells only with  liners in pack.   Sometimes conditions favor rock hopping or there might be a tree across that isn't too icy -- but frequently it is simpler and safer to  wade.


Earl, Bean & Bills Peaks

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Boots, skis/snowboard, poles
  • Climbing skins (or other method to travel uphill on snow)
  • Avalanche shovel (metal blade)
  • Avalanche beacon
  • Avalanche probe
  • Wading shoes (sandals or water shoes)
  • Ski crampons (optional)
  • Boot crampons (optional)
Trip Reports