Bean Creek Basin


Backpack - Bean Creek Basin & Navaho Pass

ALUMNI BACKPACK: Join us to explore the gorgeous (and sunny!) Teanaway area! This will be a two-night, point-to-point route, camping at Bean Basin and the meadow just below Navaho Pass. There will be options to go up Earl Peak and Navaho Peak. Gorgeous views and challenging trails await! Please note: spots on this trip are reserved for B3 or Tacoma Intro to Backpacking grads for the first 3 weeks after registration opens. Leader Permission required.

  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 16.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 6,500 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 7,200 ft
  • Pace: 2-2.5

This will be a point-to-point trip. We will meet up initially at our end point, at the Stafford Creek TH, at 11am, where we will leave two cars. We'll then drive back to our starting point, at Beverly Turnpike TH. I will update with carpool options closer to our date.

Expect expansive views, sunshine and challenging trails in this Teanaway trip! Our prospective itinerary is as follows:

Day 1 -2.4 mile hike with 1800' gain to set up camp at Bean Basin

Day 2 - 6.5 mile hike with 2000' gain. We'll pack up at Bean Basin, and hike out, with an option to climb up Earl Peak on our way to Navaho Pass. We'll drop below the pass to camp in the meadow below.

Day 3 - 8 mile hike with 1600' gain and 4200' loss. We'll break camp (but leave tents and sleeping bags, etc at our campsite) and head up to Navaho Pass, and then on to Navaho Peak. On our way down we'll repack our packs and then continue down to our cars at Stafford Creek TH. We'll then carpool back to our starting point. Option to stop at Twin Pines cafe outside of Cle Elum for a burger and milkshake!

Trails are well established but steep in parts, and expect loose rock and scree on the boot path up to Earl Peak. I'll update more details and logistics as the date approaches.

When requesting permission to participate, please give full details on current fitness level, how you are currently staying in shape, and hikes or backpacking trips you have done in the past 2 years with similar mileage and elevation gain.


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 extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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