Written Tuesday August 02, 2011

Backpacking near Volcanic Peak -- 07/23/2011

Tags: backpacking hiking

Bill, Rick and Steve on the way up to Volanic Neck.

Steve flew out from Montreal for a quick visit and wanted some "alpine bliss".  So Bill, Rick, Steve and I headed to Teanaway area for an overnight backpack on Saturday. We had beautiful weather for both day. During the weekend, we essentially circumnavigated Bean Peak. 

Bean creek basin

We headed up the Bean Creek trail to Bean Creek Basin. And then up and over the ridge to the Fourth creek drainage. On the way up, we had good views of Mt Adams. At the top of the ridge, we got great views of the Ingalls Creek and the Enchantments beyond. 

Fourth creek and the Enchantments

After some lounging around on the ridge, we headed down into Fourth creek and to meet up with the County Line trail.  This took a little bit of cross country travel.

We then headed up of the ridge next to Volcanic Neck into the Turnpike creek drainage.  At the top of ridge we got fantastic views of Mt Rainer to the south and and Mt Stewart to the north. A great location for more lounging. 

Steve enjoying the view of Mt Stewart

We then headed down to set up camp, which was an big granite outcropping below Volanic Neck.  The campsite was fantastic with views of Mt Stewart and the Enchantments. 

We had a nice dinner, enjoyed the sunset and the stars. Overnight we had a bit of wind, but nothing too bae. On sunday, we headed back to the trailhead via the Beverly-Turnpike trail.

It was another great trip. The flowers were out and the bugs were not too bad (I only needed to apply bug juice once during the 2 days) Thank you guys for a great trip.


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