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Beehive Lakes Trail #279 2011

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Beehive Lakes Trail #279 2011

Hike #413


Aug 1, 2011…Beehive Lakes…Tr#279…hike # 413        

Today will be the 7th day of summer so far this year…yay! I love shorts and t-shirt hikes. We headed back up to the Selkirk’s to Beehive Lakes trail…another favorite albeit long. Lots of Queen’s Cup and Glacier Lily on the trail but the Bear grass was profuse. Huckleberry bushes loaded with lots of tiny green berries…should be a good year. We missed out last year. We also saw a HUGE pile of bear poop near the beginning…this was the only scat we saw all day…that is okay with me.

Crossing Beehive Creek in always a big problem and I was not looking forward to it but what a nice surprise to see that someone…or a lot of ‘someones’, laid an old dead tree across so crossing was so much easier. The roar of the rushing water was as intimidating as it always is though and while Jim walked over it, I decided to do the sit down and move trick. I did not want to fall in that fast moving water. The next creek crossing, where we always have our snack, was no problem.

Jim was dragging again so it was slow going. While we just ran into a small amount of snow along most of the trail, when we got near the lake, it was deep. We couldn’t even find the bear box…it was still buried under six feet of snow. Lots of water, and snow…and mosquitoes near the shore. No ice on the lake. Slightly chilly breeze.

By the time we got to the lake it was time for lunch, but not until we took lots of pictures. The day was so clear and the lake was as beautiful as ever. While we were hanging out, a hummingbird buzzed around our heads…wow…that was unusual. I think they were attracted to the profuse fuchsia colored Pestamon.

After eating we decided to walk up the ridge at the end of the lake...for views and pictures. When we reached the bulk of the snow, Jim wanted to continue up higher. I tried it and kept slipping around on the slippery snow and not wanting to fall, told him to go on if he wanted. He probably had some regrets as he got going but he didn’t share that with me. He moved very slowly and took lots of breaks. When I couldn’t see him any more and it has been about 15-20 minutes, I began to yell up for him to get back down. He heard me and said he would in a minute. We saw still yet another hummer up there on the ridge.

As we were heading down, we could see some people with red shirts off on the rocks…met up with them as the three guys were setting up camp high in the boulders…probably to stay away from the cool breeze, snow and bugs.

It was a long walk down on the roots, rocks and stubble. When we got to the truck we expected to see the guys’ truck but it was not there but instead was another guy by himself in his truck. He came over to chat…said he does trail research and was planning on doing some extensive hiking in the Swan Valley in Montana. I saw a Texas plate on his rig.

Left home                    8:30

Got to trailhead            9:25

Started up                   9:30

Got to lake                   12:50

Started down               2:10                

Got to truck                 4:30    

Total miles hiked          11 miles

Total hiking time           7 hours


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Betsy Fulling Betsy Fulling In 2002, after a bout with cancer and wanting her energy back, Betsy Fulling began hiking with her husband Jim. Regardless of the weather they go into the high country every week - in eight years, she has only missed five times.

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huckleberries, Beehive Lakes, Trail #279, Selkirk Mountains, bear grass, glacier lillies, Beehive Creek, penstemon

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