Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack - Bean Creek Basin & Navaho Pass

Field trip: Backpacking Building Blocks (B3) Course

Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack - Bean Creek Basin & Navaho Pass

A stunning 2-night backpack trip starting at Beverly Turnpike TH to Bean Basin, heading to Navaho Meadow, Navaho Pass, and returning down via Stafford Creek. Views galore! - Preference to Liz and Christina's B3 Mentor group.

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  • Moderate, Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 14.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,800 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,000 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2.5

Meet at Tibbetts Park & Ride in Issaquah to determine carpooling (for those who are vaccinated) 6:30 AM. 

Tibbetts P&R Directions:

Go to the uncovered south lot with the skater park.

This is a point to point backpack, with a  25-minute car shuttle from the Stafford Creek TH (where we'll leave a cars) back up to the Bean/Beverly trailhead where we will start.  (if we don't have enough cars this would impact our ability to do this easier route)

Beginner backpackers with good fitness can gain experience with multi-day backpacking on this wonderful 3-day/2-night moderate high country ramble in the Teanaways. 14.2 miles, 3800' gain plus optional side trips up some easy peaks nearby.

The planned itinerary (subject to change) will have us hike to Bean Basin  on the first day where we'll set up camp and explore in the area (optional trip up Bean Peak if there are those who have the energy to do so!) - approx 3 miles and 1800-2000' gain. 

The next morning we'll start early, packing up camp and climbing to a high saddle to traverse a south slope with fantastic views south to Rainier and beyond, weather permitting, then a steep descent to Stafford Creek and up again to meadow camps below Navaho Pass.  This day is 5 miles and approx 1000' to camp.   

On day 3 we'll start early for a climb up to Navaho Pass (Or, we could do this on the second day after setting up camp) We'll head out via Stafford Creek trail - approx 6.2 miles and 600' gain to the pass, an additional 2 miles and 1200' gain to Navaho Peak.


Bean Creek Basin

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials, and extra info to be shared via our B3 Zoom chats. 

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