Earl Peak (Oct 23, 2010)

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earl_pk_coverConditions: Day hike
Gear: nothing special
Map: USGS Enchantment Lakes
Area: Teanaway
Reference: n/a
Stats: 6.46mi, 3361' gain (for the loop)

Thanks Jim for obliging me on this trip! I was almost 7 months after getting both knees replaced and I wanted a real trip to a summit! Boy do I miss summit trips!

We met early in Bellevue and then carpooled over to the Beverly Creek trailhead (6980'), we were moving by 8:00am. We came prepared with our bright colors as it was deer hunting season.

The trail (old road) crossed the creek right out of the parking lot and then follows the old road about .40mi to the first junction. The main Beverly Creek trail heads straight crossing the creek. We headed right, uphill, following Bean Creek. There are a couple of steeper sections on this trail...OK, steep at least to someone with new hardware in their knees :) At about .7 mi (4186') from the trailhead the trail crossed Bean Creek and goes over to the north side of the drainage, still closely following the drainage uphill. Water was low and the crossing was easy. At about 1.8mi from the trailhead (5160') the trail again crosses over Bean Creek and then heads more steeply uphill to the south ridge of Earl Peak at about 2.8mi from the trailhead (6186'). From here, the trail drops back down towards Standup Creek. We instead, headed up the south ridge, all easy hiking, to the top of Earl. The route is a mix of a faint boot path, grass, some screen and a few boulders.

Lots of fall color out. The aspens were all golden yellow. Larches were a bit past prime but there was still some color out.

We had no views. Clouds moved in as we approached the top.

On the descent it actually started to snow, flurries actually. Nice! It didn't last long though. As luck would have it, the clouds that moved in as we got to the summit, parted as we headed back down. We were back to the car by about 2:15pm (a bit over 6 hours for the trip including breaks).
 
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