Bean Basin & Navaho Pass

This strenuous backpack of 18.5 mi and 3,600 ft of elevation gain in the Teanaway enables high-country rambling and easy scrambles to several adjoining peaks with close-in views of Mount Stuart. Being on the sunny "backside" of the Cascades in the Teanaway country, this area will melt out and wildflowers will bloom a bit earlier than the west slope.

driving directions

Drive the Teanaway Road, bearing right as it becomes Forest Road 9737 (North Fork Teanaway Road). Turn right onto Forest Road 9737-112 just before the Beverly Creek Campground, and drive to the Beverly Turnpike (Trail No. 1391) trailhead at 3,600 ft.

on the trail

Hike 0.5 mi to and turn right onto the Bean Creek Trail (No. 1391.1).  Turn right again in 1.5 mi below Bean Basin to saty on Trail 1391.1. Views expand exponentially as you climb to a ridge at 6,200 ft below 7,036 ft Earl Peak. In another 1.5 mi continue east on the Standup Creek Trail (No. 1369) across the open slopes to dramatic views of Mount Stuart and The Enchantments.

Descend steeply past red rock formations to the junction of Stafford Creek Trail (No. 1359). Ascend north switchbacking up to camps in a broad meadow below Navaho Pass at 5,600 ft in about 1 mi. Navaho Pass at 6,000 ft is another 0.5 mi hike up a bare serpentine rock slope to more immense views of the Stuart Range.

notes

  • Nearby scrambles include Bean Peak, Volcanic Neck, Earl Peak, and Navaho Peak.
  • Return the way you came or down the Stafford Creek Trail (No. 1359) or the Standup Creek Trail (No. 1369). Leave a car at one of the latter trailheads for the necessary car shuttle.
  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast.
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Length: 18.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,600 ft
  • 6,000 ft
Map
  • Green Trails Mt Stuart No. 209
  • Green Trails Alpine Lakes East (Stuart Range) No. 208SX
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