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Beehive Lakes is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bonners Ferry, Idaho that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.1 mi Elevation gain 2,050 ft Route type Out & Back

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Daniel Mitchell
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HikingBlowdownBugsMuddy

The drive to this trail head requires a measure of determination, but the hike is worth it. There are rewarding views most of the way up. Follow the rock stacks when you reach the rock scramble, and you’ll eventually find your way to the lake. Budget some time to walk around the perimeter of the lake.

Hailley Moe
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Hiked July 14th. The trail is maintained very well besides a couple of trees blown over. We did see some bear skat but no sights of bears. Once you get to the top its easiest to follow the rock towers up along the rock to keep you on the trail. A decent amount of snow still up there but the lake wasn't frozen over. 10/10 would do this hike again.

Lauren C.
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Off trailSnow

Hiked July 6th; really enjoyed the granite slabs and views of the Twin peaks. Glad I had bear spray and a bear bell. Camped at trailhead the night before and a group of 8 hikers coming out that evening saw a bear near the trailhead on there way out. There was a good bit of snow at the lake on July 6th but you don't run into it until you're almost to the lake. Hard to identify the trail when you get to the granite slabs @ the last half mile to the lake but the rock carins guide you mostly there but pay attention on the way down as we almost missed the tie in to the trail coming off the granite section. I wouldn't hike this alone unless you regularly hike back country alone and if you do, bring bear spray! I'd do this hike again; very scenic views of the mtns and lake.

Tim McGillicuddy
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HikingGreat!Snow

The trail and lake was very busy with hikers and the terrain is very similar to Fault Lake. We were able to locate a camping spot on the south side of the lake on the rocks with a breathtaking panoramic view. I would suggest waiting for August for the lake to thaw.

Douglas Pulsipher
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Hiking

The trail is a good climb and there are lots of exposed roots. Snow fields around the lake which was still mostly frozen over as of 10 July 2020. Here is our hike. https://youtu.be/Lqubcnh2w0I

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Mike Tacchella
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SkiingOver grownSnow

Hiked this today with my wife and kids (10 and 5). Stream crossings were easy. There was only snow right before and at the lake. Lake is mostly snow covered still. Trail has a number of trees down over it but they are pretty easy to get over. Only complaint was it was starting to get a little overgrown. Not terrible by any means, but lots of places we were having to push through bushes or had stuff rubbing against our legs. Lake was beautiful even though it was mostly frozen. We parked ourselves at one of the campsites, made a fire, and enjoyed a couple hours of playing in the snow with the kids and dog. Road to trailhead is a long (12 miles) windy dirt road but I would consider it to be in excellent condition the whole way.

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Tom L.
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We hiked Beehive on 4th July 2020. This is an amazing hike with beautiful scenery all around. The lake is still frozen over but it was warm at the lake. We were a bit surprised to find that the trail is listed as 7.4 miles on this site and another but clocks 9 miles on fitbit and a number of other sites. Still an amazing hike and looking forward to doing it again once the lake thaws.

Carolyn Knaack
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HikingMuddyScrambleSnow

beautiful hike!! still quite muddy and wet, i’m glad i had waterproof shoes. the last half mile is over granite and i wandered off trail going up and back, but used GPS and rock cairns to guide me back. there’s a bit of snow to cross before the lake (starting to unfreeze!), but it’s well packed and not an issue! the log bridge over the main creek is pretty sturdy, thanks to whoever put it up! i wore but repellent bracelets and deet-free bug spray and had no problems.

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Cj Bouchard
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HikingBlowdownGreat!Off trailOver grownRockyScrambleSnow

We hiked up Friday morning 6/26/20 started about 9 am first part of the trial was easy my Average pack weight is 25-30 although with some extra beer it was a little heavy. The Moderate rating for this hike is a little questionable due to some navigation skills needed to keep on trail and some parts steep. We made it to the upper lake only to fined the whole area was still snowed in lake was frozen, we found a small spot right next to the lake that was snow free to hang are hammocks from and there was plenty of dead fall from a huge tree landed right in camp , Friday night the wind gust blew us around pretty good and having the same conditions Saturday morning made hanging around the fire impossible ,the weather report for Saturday night and Sunday morning was winter mix rain so we decided to go back down to find a less challenging spot , we landed a 1/4 mile for the trial head off in the woods next to the river with a little site prep we had a great camp Saturday night , great trail challenging and Im sure when the upper lake is snow free there are some really cool spots to camp we will be back later in the year. for a recap .Happy trails everyone

Matt Crotty
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HikingSnow

This was my fourth trip up Beehives. The other three times were Memorial Day weekends in 93, 94, and 05. This trip, BY far, had the most snow. We hiked up the afternoon of June 19th and could not cross the river at the (approx) 1.5 mile mark because the water was too high and too fast. In order to cross our crew (two adults and four kids ages 8 -11) had to bushwhack up the river (to the west) to find a safer crossing. The lower lake is still about 1/3 iced over and surrounded by snow. We could not find a suitable camp site by the lower lake. The ridge on the north side of the bowl is generally snow-free with sites capable of housing two tents. We hiked out on June 21st and someone (thanks whoever you are) built a three log wide "bridge" across the river that, in turn, saved us the 45 minute detour we had two days earlier.

Lindsey Jennings
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HikingSnow

There's still a lot of snow as of June 19th but you can get to the top with some effort & navigation skills.

Adam Knight
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FloodedOver grownSnow

this is a great trail, but it is very difficult as of this writing to get to the lakes. one of the streams is very difficult to cross, and you must travel up slope about a quarter mile through brush to find a crossing. trail is not visible in many places. be prepared for a very trying hike!

Kenley Seefeld
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HikingSnow

Ended up hiking through snow for 8 miles out and back yesterday, starting from where we could get the truck to, to the start of the trailhead and back. (Too snowy to attempt the trail itself, we tried Harrison lake instead but couldn’t hike that either) Saw cougar tracks in the snow but no wildlife. I love this hike when you can make it to the lake but would wait a couple more weeks to try this! There were lots of excellent campsites off the road on the way up though and it wasn’t too cold! (5/24/2020).

Janell Jones
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Snow

still too much snow didn't even make it up to the trailhead

Ali Johnston
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HikingOver grownSnow

Wanted to hike this before conditions got too wintry! It had 4-10 inches of snow, depending on where you were. Made it difficult to keep to the trail. We got off trail a number of times, but following the creek helped. The creek is SUPER icy in some spots—my dog slipped in...it was sketchy. Lots of trees down and snow-laden shrubs blocking trail. We saw two mile markers (miles 2 and 3) that helped us know we were on trail. It is definitely 4 miles up. There are cairns on the rock faces that are really helpful. I don’t think we would have made it in these conditions without hiking poles. Beautiful hike and beautiful day!!

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