April 15, 2011 in Outdoors

Early spring hike along Bead Lake

Some stretches of Bead Lake Trail 127 were still covered with snow on April 3 when 22 members of the Inland Northwest Hikers Meetup group made the 11-mile round-trip trek along the lake’s shores. The Colville National Forest trail offered plenty of adventure. They saw where a moose had walked out and broken through the weak ice and drown. They saw where a deer had been killed, apparently by a cougar that scratched up debris to cover what little was left of the carcass. One hiker slipped on a snow-covered foot bridge and completely soaked himself in a snowmelt stream. But he had the advantage of hiking with a big group: There’s bound to be enough extra clothing in the assorted packs to handle an emergency — and there was.


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