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Mon., July 8, 2013, 11:40 a.m.

Heat wave leaves Selkirk Mountains lakes ice-free

Seeing the late opportunity to make some turns on the snow fields above Beehive Lakes, skier Mike Brede trekked in on July 7, 2013, and found enough snow to make a run of 975 vertical feet from twin Peaks down to the upper Beehive Lake.  (Mike Brede)
Seeing the late opportunity to make some turns on the snow fields above Beehive Lakes, skier Mike Brede trekked in on July 7, 2013, and found enough snow to make a run of 975 vertical feet from twin Peaks down to the upper Beehive Lake. (Mike Brede)

HIKING -- What a difference a week makes this time of year in the Idaho Selkirk Mountains.

Last week I reported ice still covering Beehive and Little Harrison lakes at 6,200 feet elevation up the Pack River drainage in the heart of the Selkirks.

Seeing the late opportunity to make some turns on the snow fields above Beehive Lakes, local skier Mike Brede trekked in on Saturday and found a slightly different scene.  

There was still enough snow to make a run of 975 vertical feet from twin Peaks down to the upper Beehive Lake (see photo, that's the ice-free upper lake at the bottom of the run).

But the ice was gone from Beehive and Little Harrison lakes.

"And the mosquitoes are out now," Brede confirmed.

See more of his photos on Facebook.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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