Bean Creek Basin Trail

MODERATE 14 reviews
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Bean Creek Basin Trail is a 4.3 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 birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1925 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

backpacking
1 month ago

This was a gentle and very beautiful trail cut through some soft wood and evergreens along Bean Creek. Just before the trail tip at 5,175', we left the creek and turned east toward Earl Peak. The trail turned to switchbacks, offering great scenery. We setup camp above the freezing level at 6,200' just before leaving the treeline. The trees and the saddle shape provided much needed shelter from the high westerly wind and snow. We hiked the rest of the way to Earl Peak (7,036') without our gear. The terrain to the summit was snow-covered rocks and boulders. There was very little protection from wind at that point. Overall, this was a very nice day hike turned into an overnight for the fun of it. Caution: Truck/SUV recommended to drive the last mile to the trail head to ensure sufficient ground clearance. Also, a couple of streams may be difficult to cross after a good rain or snow melt.

hiking
5 months ago

EZ access by any car, trail begins single track, quickly leads to trail which passes a small falls, numerous meadow areas, still flowering but must have been a color riot not too many weeks ago. This hike is rated moderate I think only because of the distance; it is a stiff gradient up hill. Oh, couple of creek crossings that could be challenging earlier in spring or after a rain.

6 months ago

Easy access with a car with minimal clearance. No mud. Some ruts. Wildflowers are blooming. One small stream crossing that is fairly easily navigated by rock jumping or find a hiking stick for balance. When you come to the sign on the trail, go left for basin or right for a longer climb up to a viewpoint. The sign is confusing but look for cairns to the left and you quickly see the trail. There are small patches of snow along the trail farther up toward the basin. The basin is beautiful.

hiking
Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The road to the TH was snow free on March 29. The trail to the basin was snow free as well and is in good shape. Up to 3 ft of snow in the basin so after postholing all the way to the end of the basin I put on my snow shoes and scrambled straight up Bean Peak where there are great views of the Enchantments. Very windy up top and snow cornices on the north side of the ridge to watch out for. Didn't see anyone else on the trail.

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