Volcanic Neck

Page Type
Mountain/Rock
Location:
Washington, United States, North America
Activities:
Scrambling
Season:
Spring, Summer, Fall
Elevation:
6600 ft / 2012 m
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Volcanic Neck
Created On: Nov 3, 2008
Last Edited On: Nov 10, 2008

Overview

Volcanic Neck is an impressive geological formation that doesn't seem to belong in the Teanaway region. It looks like a volcanic plug, formed by lava cooling in a volcanic vent, and later exposed as the softer, surrounding rock eroded. Volcanic Neck is the high point on the ridge between point 6743, "Bean Peak," and point 6666, "Devil's Head." I don't know who gets the credit for these names, and they aren't on the USGS topo map. Bean sits at the head of the Bean Creek drainage, and Devil's Head has an elevation of 6666, and looks like a head with horns on the map. My topo map has waypoints for all of these summits.

Surrounded by many peaks that are rated as easy to moderate scrambles, Volcanic Neck poses a more serious challenge for scramblers, and is rated as a "T5" by Peggy Goldman's "75 Scrambles in Washington" book, trip #55. The T5 rating often means 3rd class climbing, with some loose rock and/or exposure.

Route Description

Teanaway Topo MapTopo Map
Looking North from Bean SummitView from Bean Peak


You can get to Volcanic Neck by following the Bean Creek trail and then climbing over Bean Peak (what we did), or by following the Beverly Creek trail, and heading east toward the Bean Peak - Volcanic Neck saddle (how we continued to climb Teanaway Peak and Iron Peak.) Or you could follow Bean Creek to the Earl Peak trail, and then follow the ridge from Earl Peak over to Bean Peak.

Starting from the saddle just southwest of Volcanic Neck, you traverse to the right, counter-clockwise across a steep, loose slope. Some 2nd class scrambling brings you around to the northeast saddle.

From the saddle, start up the obvious gully. Make your way up steep gullies, some 3rd class, being careful to check for loose rock. We ascended and descended different gullies, and both had a 3rd class section, with some loose rock.






scrambleRouteScramble Route
ascent gullyAscent Gully
descent gullyDescent Gully


The route eases up as you get higher, although there is still some exposure. I would climb it again, and highly recommend wearing a helmet.
Near the SummitClose to Summit
Bean and Mary from Volcanic NeckLooking SW from near Summit

Getting There

Volcanic Neck is accessed from the same trail head as Earl Peak.

Red Tape

A Northwest trail pass is required at the Beverly Creek trail head.

Camping

Camping is available nearby at the Beverly Campground, 29 Pines Campground, and the De Roux Campground.

External Links

Pictures on webshots.com
Seattle PI article