Beehive Lakes is a 7.4 mile out and back trail located near Sandpoint, Idaho and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until October.
Good hike! Great views!
Popular trail, for all the right reasons.
The views from the second half of this trail are great. Take in the valley and adjacent peaks/ridges. All the exposed granite in this area is unique to look at. Beehive lake itself is also quite beautiful. Walking on the granite in this area is pretty awesome when it is not icy. The traction is great and its fun.
The trail head is easy to drive to and find. The roads are in good condition and it is signed. Upper pack river road is frequently traveled and generally well maintained. It leads to trail heads for several trails.
There are camp sites both at the trail head and by the lakes. A couple camp sites I saw were quite large, enough for a half dozen tents probably. Although there seems to be a lot of people wanting to camp up there, so don't count on the site being vacant.
The distance to the first camp site at the southern lake was just under 4 miles from the trail head on my GPS.
We hiked on 7/23/16. Trail is great, the only snow was on the high peaks. The lake is gorgeous, too cold to jump in still. Make sure after mile 3 to start looking for the smaller lake below- hard to see through the trees.
Attempted backpacking trail however it was raining and then turned to pouring then turned to snowing. We made it too the lake which was still mostly covered in ice with about 4' of snow around it. We just turned around it booked it down as we didn't have our winter camping gear with us. Beautiful hike but it was still a little early this year.
It was really a pretty hike a lot more challenging than I had anticipated.
Beautiful hike. Saw a bear on our drive up to the trailhead. Took us 2 hrs up & 1 hr down.
One of my favorites in the Selkirk range, this hike has great views of Twin peak and if you hike up to the ridge a great view of Priest lake. The trail has some steep portions towards the end on a granite slope which is well marked by kerns. A GPS would be the safest bet here if descending in the night time as it would be easy to miss where the trail goes left (north) at the base of the granite slope. A bear box is here for storing food over night, and there are a handful of camp sites (perhaps 4 or 5).
Did not expect to run into as much snow as we did. Given the light snowfall this year we were not sure what to expect. The lake was still frozen over and there was probably 4-6ft of snow covering all of the area around the lake. The trail was in great shape with only a few parts covered with snow. We only ran into one major downed tree towards the beginning.
Excellent hike to a fantastic lake surrounded by granite peaks and boulder fields. A casual hike in took 3 hours and the hike out took 2. Lots of big huckleberries about 1/2 way up the mountain. Though we didn't see any bear sign during our overnight I'd recommend you stay smart about the potential as the trail works through some brush fields and large berry patches. There is a large shared bear box on the ground just up the small hill to the left of the trail right as you arrive at the lake. There are 5-6 nice campsites around the east side of the lake with relatively flat areas for a tent and fire rings. It takes about 1 hour to hike from the lake up to the surrounding ridges where you'll get a fantastic view. Lake has some small trout. Very scenic area that is a lot of fun to wander around and explore. This is a popular spot, and we did encounter a loud and obnoxious group of guys who made noise most of the night and then ran into 13 different hikers coming in on a Saturday when we were leaving.... so unless you go mid-week, don't expect much solitude.
The hike into Beehive Lakes is nice. Challenging, beautiful and well worth the hike. We camped at the trailhead the first night because we arrived about 6pm. Great campsite there with a nice river flowing by. We left the morning to hike into Beehive Lakes. We had 3 families with us, including kids ages 10-14 who carried their own overnight backpacks. The hike took us about 3 hours to get there, including a few rests and snacks for the kids, and us too. There are about 5 campsites located at the first Beehive Lake, the first one is obvious and the others are a bit hidden but worth searching for located on the east side of the lake. The kids were excited to have discovered a half buried storage chest (bear box) with treats left for them! Our time at Beehive was amazing! The dads did a day hike up to the north ridge which overlooks the other Beehive Lake. The second day we all hiked to the west ridge, lots of boulder hopping, amazing views the entire way and cool landscape discoveries too. Once at the top, the west ridge line view is breathtaking in every direction, it's looks at Priest Lake, however very high, about 1,000 foot drop if I remember correctly from what I've read. BE CAREFUL! We didn't catch any fish but saw lots jumping. This hike could also be a good day hike for adults. I don't think our kiddos could have done it in one day. Overall we loved this hike and the beauty it shared with us.
Access this trailhead off of Upper Pack River Rd. Initially you will climb fairly steep switchbacks and break out into a rocky area as you approach the lake. Lake is very picturesque with decent camping spots on the near side. Occasional bears so keep your food away from camp and hung high; especially during huckleberry season. Lake is stocked but lack of food keeps trout fairly small. Nice views.
This was a great trip that we took a group of experienced scouts up for a weekend campout. Pretty step with packs on but well worth it once you arrive at the upper lake. Beatiful views, bring lots of bug spray though.
Trail is fairly steep through forests and brush. Just under the main lake you will break out into a little more open ground. Very nice views. Beautiful lake, decent fishing. For a cross country experience, you can go over the ridge to the north of the lake. Little Beehive/Harrison (seems like it's called two different things) is on the other side. Be wary though.. there are cliffs on that side! Must be a good route-finder for this-Compass and map would be great things to have.