• Activities:

    Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    9 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    2040 Feet

Forest
Lake
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Hike through a thick forest filled with wild blueberries to this scenic, turquoise alpine lake is tucked beneath Twin Peaks, Idaho. This adventure makes for a great day hike to the lake or an overnight to explore the surrounding peaks!

To get to the trailhead, drive north on highway 95 from Sandpoint and turn left onto Pack River Road near the gas station. Drive approximately 19 miles and look for the sign on the left for Beehive Lakes Trailhead. The road was passable but I would recommend 4 wheel drive.

This hike begins at 4,420 feet and climbs 6,460 feet in 4.5 miles. The trail leads through a thick forest with views of surrounding granite mountains. The forest floor is covered with wild blueberries in the late summer and fall! We were able to follow the first 3 miles of the trail well. The last 1.5 miles watch carefully for cairns leading the way up the granite slabs to the lake. It took us 2.5 hours to hike to the lake.

We explored around the lake and made our way up toward Twin Peaks for lunch. It took 2 hours to hike back down to the car.

There is a food box located along the shoreline of the lake when you first arrive. If you decide to stay overnight, make sure to place food in the box to keep away bears.

Beautiful little alpine lake tucked beneath towering peaks!

Pack List

  • Osprey Mira 26 Hydration Pack
  • Lowa boots
  • Trekking poles
  • Extra clothing layers
  • Map
  • Headlamp
  • Bear bell
  • First aid
  • Waterproof matches
  • Extra food
  • Water filter
  • Camera!
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Backpacked here twice over the last two years. Favorite alpine lake in the area! Hike is a bit steep with packs on, but not too bad. The scramble up to the peaks is great although we found the last 400 feet to the tallest twin to be a bit sketchy (eroded)

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

The trail was steep, but well worth it for the view. I backpacked to the lake and the campsites were pristine. There was a bear box and plenty of firewood.

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