Teanaway, Iron, And Bean Peaks
The forecast as cold and rain for the Cascade crest
so we headed east. Summer is usually scorching in the Teanaway and I seldom
visit then unless everywhere else looks bad. Suzanne, Bob, and Kolleen joined
me for this adventure. None of them had ever done Teanaway or Bean Peaks
so that was an added bonus. We came in two cars so I thought a one way
trip with a car shuttle would be fun. We left one car at the Beverly Creek
trailhead and then drove back down to the NF Teanaway Road and on around
to the Iron Peak trailhead.
There were no other cars at the Iron Peak trailhead. I have been on
top of Iron Peak more than a dozen times but only twice before via this
trail. When last I was on this trail some 12 years earlier it was a little
indistinct in places. Not any longer. Now it is very obvious all the way
up. The day was mostly sunny as we climbed the trail up to the pass between
Iron and Teanaway Peaks. The flowers are mostly gone by now but a few are
We took a break at the pass then began the scramble. We climbed up and
to the right before dropping down to the main gully. Once across the gully
we continued traversing to the right while trending upwards. Soon we found
a bit of a bootpath. This route provides pretty easy access to the gentler
ground above. Soon we were looking down on Iron Peak and across to Bean Peak.
The scrambling is a little loose in places but if on route there is almost
We aimed for the ridge to the right of the summit and then followed
the ridge on to the top. Mt. Stuart was mostly in the clear with just a
few small clouds near the top. The Cascade crest was buried in dark clouds.
We were glad to have traveled this far east. The summit has the largest
register tube I have seen. I first saw this one from Bill Peak. Gary and
I could not believe we were seeing the register from so far away but when
we headed over there we found it to be true.
Teanaway Peak has one of the best views of Mt. Stuart. It is really
up front and in your face. After a brief stay we headed on down. a few hundred
feet below the summit we heard a voice asking "Is that you Bob?" It turned
out to be GeoTom from nwhikers.net. He, his wife Dani, and Jasper the dog
were heading up. What a strange place to run into someone. After exchanging
pleasantries we headed back down. In short order we were back at the pass.
Just above the pass we met a large group of horse riders from Camp Wahoo.
There were eight or nine of them. We continued on climbing higher along
the summit ridge of Iron. I was last on
in early April when I camped on the summit. There was 8 to 10 feet
of snow at that time. This day everything was brown. By the time we reached
the top is was time for lunch. We had the two close peaks done but still
had a ways to go to get to number three.
Iron does have great views. The crest still was in the clouds but Mt.
Stuart was now completely in the clear. We soon headed on down. Instead
of the 30 second
I get in the winter and spring it was a long walk on the trail. We
passed Tom and Dani once again then dropped down from the pass. The trail
is in fine shape and in no time we were down at the Fourth Creek intersection.
We turned left uphill and began the climb to Fourth Creek Pass. I pointed
out the dirt and scree slope that leads up Bill Peak. None of the others
have done that one either. Three summits were enough for this day so Bill
will have to wait for another day. At the pass we turned right onto the County
Line Trail. It was getting pretty hot and the late afternoon sun began
to get to me. I felt like crap but kept on moving.
We stopped at the base of the final switchbacks to enjoy the view. Then
it was on to the next pass. This one is right along the side of Volcanic
Neck. At the pass the wind was now blowing hard. The others stopped to put
on more clothes but I was enjoying the cool wind. In fact I began to feet
much better. The ridge scramble up Bean is pretty easy. Stay on the ridge
crest and avoid getting cut up by the sharp tree branches just below the
ridge. I learned that lesson the hard way.
We reached the top to find nobody else there. Still mostly clear views.
More food was consumed as we prepared for the final leg of our journey.
It is all down hill from the summit of Bean to the Beverly Creek trailhead.
Lots of folks descend via the ridge with Earl Peak. I prefer the direct
approach. The face is very steep but has very good hand and foot holds.
In just a few minutes we were down the face.
From there it is steep dirt and a little scree all the way down to Bean
Creek Basin. We made pretty good time on the descent. In the basin we finally
saw some other people. We had had several hours of solitude. The rest of
the way was just a trail hike. It always seems much longer than the maps
show. Back at the car we still had to drive back to the Iron Peak trailhead
to pick up the other car.
On the drive home it began to rain before Easton and continued almost
all the way to Issaquah. It was pouring at Snoqualmie Pass. I always enjoy
a sunny day in the Teanaway when rain is falling hard at the crest. This
day I had a chance to revisit three favorite summits and the others reached
two brand new ones. Overall, a very nice day to be in the mountains.
Click on thumbnails to get larger pictures.
Flowers At The Pass
Start Of Scramble
First Stuart View
Fortune & Ingalls
Nearing Iron Summit
Stuart Over Pass
Photo Page 2
Trips - 2007