Judi & Mary's Peaks

A moderate scramble to two adjacent summits in the Bean Creek Basin of the Teanaway Valley with 3,800 feet of elevation gain.

getting there

From SR 970 turn onto Teanaway River Road bearing right as it becomes North Fork Teanaway River Road. Just past 29 Pines Campground, it becomes a dirt road, Forest Road 9737.  Just before the bridge over Beverly Creek, turn right on Forest Road 9737-112, and drive 1.4 mi to the Beverly Creek trailhead at the road's end (3,600 ft).

approach & ascent

From the Beverly Creek trailhead, cross Beverly Creek on a bridge and hike half a mile to the junction with the Bean Creek Trail. From here, several different routes lead to the summit. The most direct route crosses Bean Creek with varying levels of difficulty depending on the season. There are many options.

mary's peak

Mary's Peak can be reached by continuing on the Beverly Turnpike trail from the trail junction (which requires a usually benign crossing of lower Bean Creek not far above its junction with Beverly Creek).  A couple of miles up the Beverly trail, a trail branches off to the right (north) which shortly reaches the Bill's - Mary saddle at the wilderness boundary.  From here, turn right (east) up the ridge to reach Mary's Peak.  The various gullies running off the "back" (or non-Bean Basin aspects) of Mary's and Judi  Peaks down into the Beverly Creek scree fields tend to be loose and unstable.  These should be attempted only when well covered in snow (be on guard for water running under the snow). 

judi peak

The south ridge of Judi Peak can also be accessed from the continuation of the Beverly trail (but not past the point where all that can be seen above are the loose scree-filled gullies).  The furthest practical access to Judi's south spur occurs where the trail emerges from the forest, opposite a distinct "open book" feature in the opposite cliff (i.e. on the long "cliffy" spur across Beverly Creek that descends from Iron Peak toward the Beverly Creek trailhead).  One head up to Judi's south spur at various other points in the forest from shortly after crossing Bean Creek to the first extensive area of rockfall (still in the forest and short of the "opposite the open book" option mentioned above).  Almost all of these options include steep, brushy dirt and scree in a forest setting.  Most will lead up to or near a series of rocky pinnacles once the ridge of the spur is achieved.  Some of these are loose and friable, others allow for enjoyable rock-skills practice. Test your hand and foot holds!

Judi's can also be accessed up steep meadows or via avalanche gullies/rocky couloirs after crossing Bean Creek but before reaching the steep and loose cliffs at the end of Judi's east spur.

judi & mary's peaks

Both Judi and Mary's can be reached by taking the Bean Creek trail up into Bean Basin, as noted first above.  Wrap into the basin past the "cliffy" end of Judi's eastern spur and then take any of a varieties of paths upward to either peak (snow cornices may need to be avoided east of Judi's summit during winter and spring).  The basin routes all require a crossing of upper Bean Creek, which can be challenging during spring snow melt (and more difficult later on a warm day than in the morning).


  • The ridge between Judi and Mary's can be snow-covered or clear, depending on season.  When mostly snow-covered, the ridge is fairly straightforward.  When the snow has melted back enough, there is a walkable ridgetop waytrail (minimum scrambling) just basin-ward of the very crest.  The crest itself allows for some optional but sporty scrambling among and over minor pinnacles.
  • In short, Judi and Mary's can be approached mostly on trail and with a minimum of technical challenge.  Alternatively, however, routes may be crafted that involve steep forest and meadow travel, liberal doses of steep, loose scree, and opportunities to practice rock skills on outcrops and pinnacles as the forest and scree gives way to the ridge top itself.  There is a good view of the south spur of Judi as one drives in on the Teanaway River and North Fork roads, which can be informative regarding the degree of snow to be expected on the ridge and its various approaches.
  • Judi & Mary's peaks may be paired with a trip to Bill's Peak (across the Bill's - Mary saddle to the west) or to Bean Peak (reached by dropping slightly into the upper Bean Basin or by traversing the Mary's - Bean ridge directly, adding a good deal of technical difficulty).
  • Suitable Activities: Scrambling
  • Seasons: April, May, June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast.
  • Difficulty: Strenuous 3, Technical 1
  • Length: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,800 ft
  • 6,700 ft
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