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Fourth Creek

Snoqualmie Region

Location

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway
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Length

3.6 miles, one-way

Elevation

Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 5600 ft.

Rating

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 
 

Accessible from the Beverly Turnpike trail or from the Ingalls Creek trail, Fourth Creek is a hiker-only trail that connects Beverly Turnpike with the Ingalls Creek trail and allows hikers to create loops in the popular Teanaway area. 

From Beverly Turnpike trail

Starting from the trailhead, Bean Creek Trail and Beverly Turnpike Trail follow a former road-turned-trail that travels through pockets of trees near Beverly Creek. In the fall, this section of the hike boasts great color, particularly from trailside birch trees and, further upslope, larches.

Approximately a half mile from the trailhead, just before a creek crossing, the two trails split. The Bean Creek trail hangs a right, Beverly Turnpike goes left and crosses the creek. 

Once across the creek, the trail begins climbing steadily, traversing a hillside and climbing away from Beverly Creek (though the water remains within eye-, or at least ear-shot). 

The forest here is open Ponderosa pines, with peek-a-boo views of the hillside across the Beverly Creek drainage. As you gain elevation (steadily, but not too steeply), you pop out of the forest and into a much more open area of scree and talus. Listen for warning squeaks of pika and keep your eyes out, you may spy the little fuzzballs scurrying among the rocks as they harvest food for the winter. 

2.3 miles past the creek crossing, arrive at a faint fork in the trail, found in a grove of trees. To the right the Fourth Creek trail branches off to a low, treed pass in a steep 0.3 miles.

From Ingalls Creek

The junction for the Fourth Creek trail begins 10.9 miles in on the Ingalls Creek Trail. Turn left, passing a campsite, then follow the trail as it drops quickly to ford Ingalls Creek.

From the creek ford, the trail climbs to the Beverly Creek Divide, where the Fourth Creek trail ends. 

 

Fourth Creek

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.3840, -120.8733 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

Fourth Creek (#1219)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District

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Getting There

Beverly Turnpike Trailhead (trailhead icon)

Take Exit 85 (East Cle Elum) off of I-90, going north over the freeway. Take a right to get onto SR-970 east, which also takes you to US-97. Follow SR-970 to the left when it splits with SR-10. Cross the Teanaway River bridge, and in another mile turn left onto Teanaway Road. Drive north on Teanaway Road, veering right as it becomes first North Fork Teanaway Road and then unpaved Forest Road 9737 at 29 Pines Campground.

Continue north for just under four miles and immediately before the Beverly Creek bridge and turn right (east) onto FR 9737-112, signed for Beverly Creek. Drive approximately 1.4 miles down a much bumpier, rocky, and overgrown one-lane unpaved road to its end at the trailhead and its parking lot. The parking lot has space for at least 15 vehicles.

While the drive to Bean Creek Basin is long and relatively easy, the last 1.4 miles on Forest Road 9737-112 is a rocky, and potholed one-lane road that sedans and smaller cars may find difficult to navigate.

Ingalls Creek trailhead

From Cle Elum take Highway 970 east for 7 miles to Highway 97. Go north topping Blewett Pass. At milepost 178, turn left onto Ingalls Creek Road. Cross Peshastin Creek, bear left. The trailhead is at the road's end.

From Leavenworth, take Highway 2 east for 4 miles, then take a right onto Highway 97S and proceed for 7 miles before taking a right onto Ingalls Creek Road. Cross Peshastin Creek and bear left. The trailhead is at the road's end.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 

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