by Roger Gervin
A friend mentioned that he wanted to scramble up Volcanic Neck in order to finish the “Mountaineers Teanaway Twenty Peaks” list. So I offered to show him a Class 3 route that had originally been shown to me in 2008 by rocman…call it “paying it forward”.
We made a loop trip out of our adventure by hiking up the Beverly Turnpike Trail for 2.8 miles where we picked up the County Line Trail (signed as Fourth Creek Trail). We then followed it up to Fourth Creek Pass (5570′) where we crossed into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and continued on the County Line Trail as it traversed below the north side of Marys Peak and on over to the Volcanic Neck/Bean Peak saddle (6440′). At this point we found a faint path that took us around the south side of the neck and on over to its east side where our scramble began.
For your information the Class 3 scramble of Volcanic Neck includes 3 distinct gullies with each gaining 50-60 feet of elevation. The first gully begins immediately from the east side of the neck and has very loose terrain, I would consider it the most difficult of the three gullies. From the top of the first gully we traversed along the north side of the neck for a short distance and found the well-travelled second gully. At this time we made a short traverse to get from the top of the second gully over to the beginning of the third gully. We then headed up the third gully to where we could see that a 50 foot traverse that would put us on the summit (6600+).
We traced our steps back down the three gullies and then back over to the Volcanic Neck/Bean Peak saddle where we followed an obvious path up the north ridge of Bean Peak to its summit standing at 6734′. After hiking and scrambling a total of 5.5 miles we reached the summit of Bean Peak. We could see Mount Rainier, the Stuart Range, Earl Peak, Judis Peak and Marys Peak from the top of Bean Peak. We then scrambled (definitely Class 2, maybe some Class 3) down the south face of Bean and worked our way down to Bean Creek Basin. Once at Bean Creek Basin we had a 2.5 mile hike back to our car.
Mileage Info for Details:
At 0.0 miles (~3630′) Beverly Turnpike Trailhead
At 0.4 miles (~3920′) Trail junction for Beverly Turnpike Trail and Bean Creek Trail
At 2.8 miles (~5200′) Trail junction for Beverly Turnpike Trail and Fourth Creek Trail
At 3.2 miles (~5570′) Fourth Creek Pass
At 4.5 miles (~6440′) Volcanic Neck/Bean Peak saddle
At 4.8 miles (~6600′) Volcanic Neck summit
At 5.1 miles (~6640′) Return to Volcanic Neck/Bean Peak saddle
At 5.5 miles (~6734′) Bean Peak summit
At 6.2 miles (~5590′) Bean Creek Basin
At 8.2 miles (~3920′) Close the loop portion of our hike at the Beverly/Bean trail junction
At 8.6 miles (~3630′) Get in the car and drive home
Directions to Trailhead: Drive the N. Fork Teanaway Road (aka FS-9737) for 3.7 miles. Then turn right onto the unsigned Road 112 and drive it for 1.2 miles and park (3630′) at the end of the road. Start hiking on Beverly Turnpike Trail #1391.
Mileage and Elevation: Our loop trip was 8.6 miles, gaining 3562 feet of elevation.
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