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Beehive Lakes Trail #279 Hike #417

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Beehive Lakes Trail #279 Hike #417


Aug 29, 2011…Beehive Lakes…Tr #279 …hike # 417    

mostsunny   74°       

No sooner did we get down our three switchbacks to Boyer Ave, when we saw a bear walk across the road. It was too quick for me to get a shot and it must have jumped over one of the fences. The homeowner most likely had a big surprise in his yard!

It was quite overcast when we left the house as we headed to Pack River Rd to the Beehive Lakes trailhead but the sun soon began to come out. While temps were predicted to be high, the cloudy day would provide some coolness. There was one rig at the trailhead and we met the father and young son coming down just as we got to the lake. They said it was cool and a bit windy.

What a nice surprise…we found some huckleberries and they were nice and sweet. However as we got higher, they berries were still small and green. Two grouse startled me while I was in the lead. The weather was so perfect for climbing, not too hot. It took 2½ hours to get to the lake on this steep hike, with its rocks, roots, loose gravel and many switchbacks. The first view of the lake is always so special...this is another of our very favorite lakes. Of course there is still a lot of snow under Twin Peaks and after we ate lunch, we decided to head up to it. It was cool and breezy just like the guy said and the black flies and mosquitoes were out in full swing too.

After walking around the lake and climbing the boulders, it wasn’t long before we ran into snow. So much water, so much green and so many wildflowers...it was like spring was just emerging up there at the higher elevation. I took lots of pics of Glacier Lilies, Heather, Golden Eye, Fireweed, Indian Paintbrush, and more.

 Our plan to get up higher at least to the snow under Twin Peaks was thwarted by too much snow…it would have been too dangerous to continue so we backtracked and found our way back down to the lake. After taking more pictures, we headed down the trail.

Left home                    8:30

Got to T.H.                  9:30

Started up                   9:35

Got to the lake             12:00  (2 hours, 30 minutes)

Up to snow                  12:15

Started down               2:00               

Got to truck                 3:40  (1 hour, 40 minutes)     

Total miles hiked          10 miles          

Total hiking time           6 hours, 5 minutes


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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, hiking, Beehive Lakes, grouse, glacier lillies, Pack River Road, Twin Peaks, heather, golden eye, fireweed, Indian paintbrush

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