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Beehive Lake to Little Harrison Lake hike #419

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Beehive Lake to Little Harrison Lake hike #419

Trail #279


Sep 12, 2011…Beehive Lake to Little Harrison Lake …Tr #279…hike # 419      

Another nice summer day…not anxious for it to end but there is a change in the air. Hummers are gone...flowers at home are winding down but still look good. Today we decided to go to Beehive Lake Trail, rock-whack and bush-whack up to the ridge and then go down thru the rock chute to the other side of Little Harrison Lake, the same lake we looked down on last week. There was no one at the trailhead, just the way we like it.

 We wasted about 5 minutes trying to get my bear spray canister in the right position on my pack strap. Oh, I now have my own canister of bear spray to carry and I hope I never have to use it…don’t know if I am going to like it. About 2 miles up the trail, I was in the lead and heard something running away thru the brush, and it was a thumpy ga-lump, ga-lump, ga-lump sort of sound, and I knew it had to be a bear. Jim was not that far behind me and he heard it too. Then further up I heard another sound which brought me to a halt and snacked on the plentiful huckleberries while waiting for Jim to catch up to me. From then on I slowed my pace so Jim would not be too far behind me. So many hucks today, finally.

It got hot as we worked our way up the steep hillside to the top of the ridge and we found the chute immediately. It is very steep heading down and from the bottom of the chute the best way down is to grab the scrub brush and slide down to the boulders. From the boulders we worked around to the top of the steepest part down to the lake. As we sat down, Jim pulled out his lunch, which surprised me, because I expected to head down the steep descent to the lake. He made an executive decision…looked at me and said…”I am too old to go down there any more…not too old to do what we had just come down, but no more down to the lake.” This better choice was just fine with me…it is so steep and very dangerous and while we have done it two or three times before, it just isn’t worth taking a chance at 71 and 73…it sure would ruin our day! I did beg off from doing this last week for all the above reasons. So we sat down, ate lunch while admiring the fabulous views and I took lots of pics. There was quite a bit of smoke on the air due to wildfires still burning.

Headed back up to the ridge almost the same way we came down…grabbing on to short trees and pulling ourselves up. There is still a lot of snow on the backside so had to get a couple of shots of that…it will never go away before the new snow begins to fly. From the top of the ridge, we walked over to Beehive Lake where sat and rested for a bit and I took a few more pics before we headed down the long, steep, rocky, root filled trail.

Left home                    8:20

Got to T.H.                  9:25

Started up                   9:30

Ridge                           12:40

Back up ridge               1:30

Got to ridge                  1:50

Started down               2:15                

Got to truck                 4:00   (1 hour, 45 minutes)

Total miles hiked          10.5 miles        

Total hiking time           6 hours, 30 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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