Earl Peak (Jul 9, 2005)

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earl_pk_coverConditions: Day hike
Gear: nothing special
Map: USGS Enchantment Lakes
Area: Teanaway
Stats: 9.5mi, 4331' gain (for the loop)

Earl Peak is one of my favorite hikes. Ace joined me on this trip and to make this one different, we decided to do a big loop. First we'd go up Early then loop over to Volcanic Neck and then circumnavigate Bean Peak by hiking out the Beverly Creek trail.

So off we went. First we hiked up the first 1/2 mi stretch of the Beverly Creek trail. Then, right before the trail crosses Bean Creek we headed left up the Bean Creek trail towards its head. At about 5200' the trail crosses back over the creek and heads up a series of switchbacks to the SW ridge of Earl Pk before it drops back down toward Standup Creek. At the SW ridge of Earl Pk its an easy hike, barely a scramble to the top.

From the top of Earl we then dropped down the NW ridge to a low point on the ridge dropping down toward Hardscrabble Creek (finding the trail down there). We weren't on it long at all as we traversed around the east side of Bean Pk reaching the saddle between Bean and Volcanic Neck. We scoped out a route, dropped back down around the east side of the neck so we could scramble up the neck from the north side. Yuck...loose rock on this scramble. It's a solid Cl4 route to the top of the neck. Ace took off. It's not that far from where I stopped to the top. I watched him nearly the entire way. I could hear loose rock falling occasionally.

When Ace got back to where I'd stopped we went back around the east side of the neck back to the saddle and then followed the trail to the north of Bean Peak until meeting back up with the Beverly Creek trail on the west side of Bean Pk. It's a nice loop trip. Beverly Creek trail is just about all downhill through a lunar landscape looking terrain all the way back down to the trailhead.
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