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Bean Creek Basin

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  • Sat, Jul 21, 2012 — Sun, Jul 22, 2012
  • Seattle 20-30 Somethings
  • Backpacking
  • Adults
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,000 ft
It's time once again for the annual Bean Creek Basin Backpacking Bonanza! This is very fun, relatively easy backpacking trip north of Cle Elum into the beautiful scenery of the Teanaway. We'll camp in the middle of an amazing meadow full of flowers, and spend the days hiking around the area. From our base camp, we'll be able to hike up to the surrounding ridges to get great views of Mt. Stuart and the Enchantments. The trip in is about 4 miles and around 2,000 feet of gain, but that varies depending on where we camp. Once we are in camp, expect side trips to be a few miles roundtrip and another ~1,000 feet or so of gain, possibly more depending on what we do. There are lots of opportunities for side trips so we'll probably offer several. Last year, we skipped the freeze-dried backpacking food and went gourmet with steaks and other treats. It's up to you to bring what you want, but we'll probably aim to do this again this year. To avoid hiking up with heavy packs during the hottest part of the day, I'm considering an early morning departure (5-6am) from Seattle so we can be hiking by 8 or 9am. Please plan for something like this, but expect the times to change a bit. If we do such a departure, I may offer an optional night-before car camp for those that are able to head over on Friday. Participants will need to bring their own backpacking gear (pack, sleeping bag, pad, etc.) and are encouraged to share tents with one another. More information about gear and the schedule will be sent a week or so before the trip. Contact leader by email for additional questions.
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