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Bean Creek Basin Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cle Elum, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 4.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,919 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

rocky

snow

Fairly easy to navigate, but still recommended to look at map/gps along the way. Please check park website for up to date information on trail and road closures. Snow is common in this area through June.

hiking
6 days ago

Hiked as a backpack June 28 and it was so perfect. Beautiful trail with fun stream crossings and pretty wildflowers. Doesn’t level out much but still a moderate gain. Opens up to the meadow which is super pretty. Wildflowers will eventually be in full bloom there although they were just starting. We made camp there near the creek - great campsites with lots of firewood around to scrounge up. No bugs! We couldn’t believe our luck! Only one other group staying overnight so we had the place to ourselves. Woke up at 3:45 to scramble up Bean Peak for sunrise. Wow was it worth it! Lots of loose rock and then it’s definitely a scramble if you go all the way to the top. Couldn’t find the ledger up there. Views of Stuart, Navajo, the enchantments. Snow free. Amazing trip. I’d love to return.

hiking
12 days ago

Trail is short and uphill. Good pick to kick off the season. Although the last mile to get to the trailhead is rough. Doable in Sedan but please drive slow.

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rocky
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snow
16 days ago

Hiked this 6/2. At the beginning there are two stream crossings. We continued on through the meadow to reach the actual peek. Going to the top of bean peak actually made it more like 8 miles round trip. If you can I recommend continuing on through the meadow and climbing to the peak. The meadow was pretty wet so you might want some waterproof shoes, and an extra pair of socks. The trail to the peak is pretty steep but doable. There is also some snow towards towards the top. I used a pole which helped me out, but others in my group did not use poles and were just fine. Once you reach the top there is this sort of rock structure that you can climb to get higher up. We climbed up the rock structure and it’s not bad just be prepared to use your arms a bit to climb up. The view from the top was AMAZING! 360 views.

hiking
25 days ago

CLOSED on marker 9 because of an armed fugitive on the loose. Did this hike a couple years ago and it’s a great hike with beautiful views!

28 days ago

Trail is closed due to fugitive on the loose. Check WTA for up to date info

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muddy
scramble
snow
1 month ago

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muddy
snow
1 month ago

Hiked this trail on 23May2020. Great trail. Loved hiking since it was not too busy and we were able to hike all while social distancing. There is Snow at higher elevation but if you have the proper shoes on you will be ok.

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bugs
muddy
rocky
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snow
1 month ago

If you have it in you, definitely climb to the top where Bean Peak is. Incredible views of Mt. Stuart and the Enchantments. But you need to get to at least 6,350 ft elevation for the vistas. The basin/meadow itself was pretty underwhelming (not really worth the 1,900 ft elevation gain), so I continued up to the ridge/peak. Didn’t need spikes or poles, but the last leg is very steep and over a bit of snow. Bean Peak is really where it’s at - absolutely amazing 360 degree views. But you need to climb about 3,100 ft to get to Bean Peak, not the 1,900 ft listed in AllTrails. Hiked on 5/24/20. Some bugs, but not bad at all since there’s still quite a bit of snow.

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bugs
snow
1 month ago

Beautiful hike the whole way! There were a few streams to cross but not too bad so I would recommend hiking boots. The second half includes a bit of snow which was manageable with hiking boots. Loved this hike!

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muddy
snow
1 month ago

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blowdown
rocky
scramble
snow
1 month ago

Enjoyed this a lot. From the basin went up to Earl peak then followed the ridge to Bean peak then to Mary's peak and then to Judi's. Went back down into the same basin and out again. Used crampons during Earl ascent as well as descending from Judi's. Also used them for part of the distance between Bean and Marys. A good percentage of the ridge was scrambling on rocks. Starting on the trail at 3:30am we were mostly on harder snow that hadn't yet softened.

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snow
2 months ago

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snow
8 months ago

This trail has a generous elevation gain over a relatively short amount of trail, but it's hardly noticeable! This is a lovely trail that meanders back through some beautiful evergreens, with tree-covered mountains along the side. The creek wasn't too high this time of year, so crossing it was quite manageable. NW Forest Pass is required to park. Recommend a hearty vehicle to drive back to trailhead. Quite a few large potholes/bumpy road heading back, but I'm sure you could survive in a sedan (just be cautious!) Trail started out with mostly just mud/shady patches of snow, but halfway in turned to at least a foot of snow. Microspikes and trekking poles were very useful. It gets much colder the closer you get to the end of the trail. We didn't hike up the peaks due to the snow/weather. Overall, a lovely hike, especially now that snow is here! Would definitely come back and explore this area some more.

hiking
9 months ago

Perfect day for climbing Bean, Mary's, and Judi's.

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bugs
rocky
11 months ago

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