Joined: 31 Oct 2004
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|Location : Mission Ridge Rd. at the 1 mile marker
Access : Plowed road to Mission Ridge Ski Resort, parking along roadside
Maps : GTM - Mission Ridge / Wenatchee, TOPO
Stats: 4.25 mi, 1230', 2.75 hr.
I had all my gear together and figured I would take a quick shot at Beehive Mtn. 4580', it's quick with good views (an old lookout), easily accessible, and you just have to keep getting out with your gear acclimating to the weather, terrain, and using your gear. The NOAA forecast was for mostly cloudy with some sun breaks today, full sun Friday and Saturday, but I have plans for both those days and my wife wanted me out of the house , so I went.
I noticed the blue skies surrounding Wenatchee being overtaken by cloud cover from the South so I kind of slacked off until around 1030 , but finally left and was on the trail at 1040.
I parked off the side of Mission Ridge Rd. at the 1 mile marker, and headed up Liberty - Beehive Rd., it gains elevation fairly quickly and keeps to the edge of the mountain offering good views, weather allowing.
I was surprised at the absence of snow on the mountainsides more bare than not until 3900' when snow cover predominated albeit about 2-3' less than last weekend.
Mission Ridge / Peak
Old forest road with maybe 8-12 inches of crusty snow.
I turned onto an old forest road going the way I was going for several hundred yards then headed off trail towards the highest point
Some cross country travel above 4000'. There was probably 2-3' of snow here last week.
Beehive summit 4580', site of an old lookout. Great panoramic views on a clear day.
I hit the Beehive summit eventually, a nice spot, with light wind and occasional corn snow. The cloud deck appeared to be around 7000' with some lower level fog in places. Now the views from here would be fantastic, had it not been for the overcast , but they were fine, everything was fine.
Stormy, Hardy, and Forest Mountains and far to the left in white mountains in the Sawtooth area across Lake Chelan.
Miller Peak from the East.
Three Brothers under wraps. The cloud deck looked to be around 7000' in general.
Behive Mtn Pano 1
Mission Ridge and Peak
Beehive summit pano2
I took off from the summit and headed S towards the reservoir, then headed back down, mostly off trail back to the car. The brush wasn't an issue and the area was open for awhile, then getting down lower it became pretty thick and the snow held in there pretty good, still 1-2' in most places. Finally I popped out just up from the car. A nice trip and a definite return on one of the blue sky days.
Brushbusting in the snow.