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.