Bean Creek Trail #1391.1
Setting: Creek valley, forest, meadow, ridgetop.
From its start at the junction with trail 1391, Bean Creek Trail heads uphill along the right bank of Bean Creek and then crosses it after 0.25 mile and heads up the left bank, often staying high up on a steep hillside above the creek. It passes through meadows and stands of trees.
At about the 2 mile point, the trail, now in open country, crosses the creek again and begins switchbacking up a steep mountainside through rocks and sparse trees to a rocky ridgetop on the southwest side of Earl Peak.
From there, it heads downhill to the end of the trail at its junction with Standup Creek Trail 1369. Water is available along Bean Creek and beyond the junction with 1369.
At a Glance
|Operational Hours:||Early summer - early November|
|Permit Info:||Wilderness permit required. Self issued at trailhead.|
|Open Season:||Early Summer - Early November|
|Best Season:||Late Summer|
|Restrictions:||Motorized use prohibited.|
|Closest Towns:||Cle Elum|
From Cle Elum, travel east/northeast on Highway 970 for about 8.5 miles. Turn left on Teanaway Road and travel 13 miles to the end of the pavement, veer right onto FS Road 9737 and follow it for 3.7 miles to 9737-112. Go north 1.5 miles on 112 to the trailhead.
There is adequate parking for 15 vehicles. Those with stock trailers may want to park 1/4 mile below trailhead at site of old gravel borrow pit.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
Much vertical climbing, expect to walk often. Not frequently mountain biked.
|Difficulty Level:||Most Difficult|
Popular dayhike to view wildflowers in season.
Great camping amidst subalpine meadows in Upper Bean Basin.
Good trail for riding. Short and more suited to day rides. Packers use large existing camp in Bean Basin.