Bean Creek Basin


Backpack - Bean Creek Basin & Navaho Pass

Spend the 4th of July weekend on this early season, 2-night trip of 18.6 miles and 3600' of gain including the option to walk up Earl and Navaho Peaks along the way. We'll camp amid the profuse flowers of Bean Basin, over the pass under Earl Peak, walk across a slope with expansive views south to Rainier and beyond, then descend to Stafford Creek and up to Navaho Camp with a side trip to the Pass and (optionally) the peak. On Monday we'll pack up and walk out via Stafford Creek trail. PERMISSION REQUESTS WILL NOT BE TAKEN UNTIL THE TRIP OPENS FOR REGISTRATION.

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  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 20.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,600 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,000 ft
  • Pace: 2.0

We'll meet at the Stafford Creek trailhead parking area at 8:30 AM on Saturday, drop a car and then join up to ride to the Beverly Creek trailhead where this trip starts.  At the end of the trip on Monday we'll come out at Stafford by early afternoon, go pick up the other car and be on our way

Start by hiking ~3.5 mi to Bean Basin where we'll camp under the trees by a huge flower meadow under Bean Peak.  In the afternoon we'll do an optional hike to the saddle under Bean to see the views!  The next morning  we will climb to a ridge at 6,200 ft below 7,036 ft Earl Peak, with a side trip up Earl for anyone who's interested, conditions permitting.   Then we'll continue east  across the open slopes with stunning panoramic views south to Rainier and the southern Cascades, to another pass with dramatic views of Mount Stuart and The Enchantments.   Then we'll descend steeply past red rock formations to the junction of Stafford Creek Trail, and then head north switchbacking up to camps in a broad meadow below Navaho Pass at 5,600 ft in about 1 mi.  (If we encounter crowds here we'll hunt out other reported camps off the main train nearby.)   Those who are interested can then walk .5 miles up to Navaho Pass at 6,000 ft for more immense views of the Stuart Range, and on up the steep scree slope to Navaho Pass.   On Monday we'll return  down the Stafford Creek Trail and our shuttle car(s).

Leader permission is requested for those interested in this hike.  In your email requesting permission, you'll need to provide details on recent backpacking trips you've done with at least 8 mile days and up to 2500' of gain at a 2-2.5 mph pace, as well as the ability to pack light (pack <30 lbs with food and 2L water).  Because this is a point-to-point trip, we will likely need 4 drivers, so indicate whether you are willing to drive and how many passengers you can take in your car in your permission request. All participants will need to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

The leader will provide all needed details about gear to bring, expected weather and other guidance as the trip approaches.


Bean Creek Basin

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or UR sack
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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