Beehive Mountain by Mission Peak via Mission Ridge Ski / 蜂巢山

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Beehive Mountain by Mission Peak lies east of Mission Ridge‘s high point. The nearby ski area spans Squilchuck Creek Basin by Naneum Ridge. Meanwhile, the vast Columbia River flows through Wenatchee to the east.

Beehive Mountain overhead
Beehive Mountain overhead

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Beehive Mountain at a Glance

Access: NF-9712
Round Trip: 3.5 miles
Elevation Range: 3340′-4560′
Gear: none
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: yes

Mission Ridge Ski Resort

Today we headed east to Beehive Mountain after last week’s snowy trip. I initially planned on staying in because the dire forecast continued to change. Then I decided to stretch our legs (and paws) at the last minute.

The open gate meant many drive-ups, likely visiting the two reservoirs. But the main path didn’t look like it reached the top anyway. Still, I wanted us to hang out peacefully by checking the map for ways to avoid the road.

A brief road walk
A brief road walk

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South Route via Road 9712

But with a late start at 1:30 PM, I wasn’t in the mood to walk the road. I also had no desire to be on the main path with many cars. So from the gate, we walked to the first bend into the forest and went up by a broad gully.

At 350′ above was an old road, which sat next to the main path we bypassed. So we followed it north and walked past a small creek en route. Then we returned to the forest and continued to move uphill.

The meadow below Beehive Mountain
The meadow below Beehive Mountain

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Beehive Mountain Summit Views

Soon, we crossed another old road another 300′ higher and strolled through a flat area in the last 300′. We found a rocky trail and followed it up to the top. The remnants of an old lookout marked the flat high point.

Glad people stayed by the ponds below, as we heard all kinds of noises from there. I saw parts of the Columbia River and South Wenatchee. To the north was Horse Lake Mountain, with Mission Ridge west of here.

Columbia River upstream
Columbia River upstream

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Leaving Mission Ridge

Our track came out under 1.5 miles, so we added more distance on the way back. We went east to the southeast ridge from the road at 4000′. Then we went down the ridgeline and crossed the lower path.

From there, we hiked west to the broad gully’s other side and passed the same streams. Before long, we were back in the trees and returned to the starting point.

Thanks for a rain-free afternoon
Thanks for a rain-free afternoon

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