Bean Creek Basin


Backcountry Ski/Snowboard - Earl, Bean & Bill's Peaks

Overnight trip to ski Earl and other peaks in the Bean Creek basin.

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  • M2 Mountain 2 Ski, M3 Mountain 3 Ski
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 22.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 7,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 7,036 ft
  • Pace: 800 ft/h

29 Pines Sno-Park 8:00AM

Sno-park permit required.

If the North Fork Teanaway River road is still snow covered, we will start skiing  at the sno-park -- if the road has melted out -- we will see how far up the road we can get using wheels -- Hopefully at least to where the Beverly Creek road leaves the North Fork Teanaway River Road.

Due to COVID-19, I reccommend carpooling only with people with whom you already share close contact. 

There is a flattish open area at around 5600 ft in Bean Creek basin that is suitable for a camp.   This location is roughly 8 miles and 2000ft from the 29 Pines Sno-Park. Or  3.5 miles, 1400 ft from the Beverly Creek Junction.    The approach also involved fording Bean Creek -- which could be challenging if the creek is running high.    I recommend bringing a pair of wetsuit socks or booties for fording the creek.    Some years a foot log is present -- but I prefer to avoid the risk of slipping of the log and falling in the creek compared to relative security of wading the creek.     If the creek is running really high it is also possible to follow the south side of the creek through denser forest to avoid this hazard. 

After we drop overnight gear,  we will makes some runs on the east facing slopes of Mary and Judy peaks before settling in for the night in camp.

For eating and sleeping arrangments -- due to COVID-19  I reccommend only sharing cooking/eating/sleeping  space with people  with whom you already share close contact. 

On Sunday we will head for Earl Peak -- following the hiking trail up to gain the SE ridge @ 6200 feet and then following the SE ridge to the summit.     The western side of Earl Peak sports several couloirs  -- the most northern one is challenging, but not extreme.    If conditions are favorable it can be a challenging and enjoyable run.


Bean Creek Basin

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Boots, skis/splitboard, poles (snowshoes not acceptable for uphill travel)
  • Climbing skins
  • Avalanche shovel (metal blade)
  • Avalanche beacon -- digital  only
  • Avalanche probe
  • Ski crampons
  • Self-arrest grip ski pole (recommended)
  • Boot crampons (optional)
  • Ice axe (optional)
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