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Beehive Lakes is a 6.7 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 6.7 mi Elevation gain 2,043 ft Route type Out & Back

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Courtney Erin
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Hiking

Not much parking for more than 10 cars, moderate hike takes about 2 hours to the top. Rock Carins lead the way through the granite field. Excellent views of Seven Sisters and Twin Peaks. If you want a longer and harder hike, try Chimney Rock. Otherwise this one is a good day hike with camping areas at the trailhead and the lake.

Mitch Walker
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HikingBlowdownBugsOver grownRockyScramble

I moved to Spokane Feb 2020, after three years outside Seattle, proximate to the Cascades. I'm more used to trail being a little wider, slightly less overgrown. HOWEVER, I really, really appreciated the lightly volume of traffic. It was SO wonderful to see everyone on the trail (we maybe passed ten different groups), all just friendly, NO MASKS (thank god, God Bless IDAHO), The trail itself, in my opinion (again, sorry, compared to Cascade hikes), at times was tough to follow (at one point, I didn't know if we were to go left or right at what appeared a choice). Fortunately, he was correct. The signage on the road(s) getting to the trailhead were fabulous. Better than Scotchman peak, my first Idaho hike. Bugs were ironically not even hardly noticeable on the majority of the trail. Until you got down to lake level. Then they were a little heavy. We were just doing a day hike, so not there long enough to be annoyed by them. I really wanted to get out earlier, to scramble to the ridge and then play around, but it was Sunday and I work Monday :(. Definitely want to come back.

Barbara Snarr
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HikingGreat!
Pamela Lersbak
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Hiking

Nice hike for a cooler day. Huckleberries still green :P Enjoyed the last scramble to the lake.

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Kimberley Seitz
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This trail is definitely a burner. There is very little shade, so go early if it's not an overcast or colder day. You cross the stream a few times, which means your dogs can get water for most of the trip. There was bare scat on the trail and this is grizzly and blackbear country, so definitely bring bear spray and come prepared for a strong workout. You gain about 2100 ft in 3 mi, so there's a lot of uphill but the trail is diverse with some overgrowth and roots and loose rocks. If you need poles, bring them. There are two sections where you have to determine how to go up large slabs of granite since the trail stops. In both sections, you will see stacked rocks, cairns, that indicate the way. Keep watching for those stacked rock piles and you will eventually climb up over the ridge. The water is cold as there is still a little patch of snow in that area. It's spectacular for scenery and diversity of trail. The only thing negative about this trail, is the 17 miles of dirt, washboard, road you have to travel to get there. You definitely have to be determined. It can be busy so come earlier if you can.

Margaret Kline
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HikingBugsOver grownRockyScramble

Hiked on Saturday 8/1. Great hike but a little overgrown. Great views at the top and lots of people set up for overnight. Still a little snow at the top that my dog loved! Lots of bugs so bring bug spray. Would come back again!

Kelsey Adkins
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HikingRocky

Hiked this Sunday, stayed the night and headed out Monday. Road: is in better condition, I would still recommend 4WD but there were plenty of 2WD sedans in the lot. Trail: Man, I definitely did not give the credit of how tough this hike could be with an overnight pack, and it was HOT! Lots of water and a filter is necessary. Hang in there. Camp: LOTS OF BUGS! Bring your spray Overall: Awesome hike with stellar views. 10/10 would come again!

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Dominique DeGraaff
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BackpackingBugsGreat!

My husband and I backpacked in on 7/25/2020 and stayed for the night. The trail was well kept and easy to navigate. Once you get to the rock slabs follow the rock towers upward to the lake. They are a very helpful guide. On the trail we did see bear scat and would recommend all campers hang bear bags and carry bear spray. The lake was fairly busy with other backpackers but it was easy to find a variety of places to camp around the lake. Bring bug spray as the mosquitoes are out! overall we enjoyed the hike and our time at the lake. There is so much to explore as you can climb up onto the ridge and also hike around the lake to see cool streams,

Cheryl Hill
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HikingBugsOver grownRocky

Hiked this on 7/23. Be aware that in the first two miles there are sections of the trail that are in pretty bad shape, a brushy obstacle course of roots and rocks. But once you get to the lake, it's all worth it. What a beautiful spot! We also followed a faint path up to the ridge above the lake to get a view down on Little Harrison Lake, which was spectacular. Mosquitoes were out, but the wind kept them down.

Greg Rod
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Hiking

The trail was cleared today by US Forest Service (Thank you) from the downed trees over the trail. All in all, a great hike today, only 3 other groups.

Abby Darr
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BlowdownBugsMuddyRockyScrambleSnow

This was a super fun trail. My boyfriend and I did it July 18th - 19th and it was gorgeous. It did seem to just keep going up and up and up, but the climb was worth the view. The sad thing is once we both got up to the campsite we immediately got nauseous. We had caught the stomach bug his sister had had a few days ago. Never had such beautiful scenery to throw up to. :) Area Code: 197

Eric Brewer
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BackpackingGreat!

Hiked July 17th to 18th. Beautiful hike. Still a little snow around the south edge of the lake. Summitted to see the lake right as a North Idaho thunderstorm rolled in. Beautiful little lake with stunning views!

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.

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