Selkirk Range Hikes, Trail Description

Twin Peak North

23 Dec , 2014  

Elevation 7,607’
Rank 5
Coordinates 48.651N 116.665W
Trailhead Beehive Lake No. 279
Trailhead elevation 4,450’
Estimated time 2-3 hours to Beehive, 11⁄2-2 to summit

East Face Route
From Beehive Lake Trailhead 10.5 mi RT — 3157’ gain class 2+
From Beehive Lake 1.5 mi RT – 1150’ gain

Description

The north twin is the higher of the two peaks and the only one that is officially ranked. The
trail winds its way up from Pack River and into the cirque where Beehive is nestled in all its
alpine beauty. The trail spills out at the east end of the lake where the North Twin is in full
view directly in front of you. In the middle you will see vegetation. The route is to the right
or north of this area. The east face looks more daunting than it is.

Follow the lake counterclockwise on limited use trails. These gradually make their way up
solid granite benches. The higher you go on the south side the easier going you will find it.
You can skirt the high granite cliffs on the south and these will take you into the upper bowl
below the peak. This approach eventually winds its way around until reaching a large cairn
above the west end of the lake. You can’t miss it. This is a good place to take a break and
assess what’s coming next.

From the cairn, make your way northeast toward the connecting ridge between the
Beehive Peak and the North Twin. Don’t go all the way to the ridge. Instead, follow a
mixture of scree and large blocks directly up. The best footing is on the right side if you
want to avoid the scree. Once you reach the top of the green patch and small trees, stay to
the right. This is the most direct route to the summit. From below, it looks like there are
two summits but the point you are climbing toward is on the right or north side. From here,
you are about 200’ from the top and the climbing becomes steeper but the rock is solid. The
exposure is minimal and the views begin to open up to the north.

Make your way directly up until just below the summit. About 40’ below the summit you
are forced to make a decision to go left or right. The left V-notch between the summits is
class 4. The easier way is along a diagonal ledge that goes right out toward the ridgeline.
While this seems counterintuitive, it’s the easiest way to the top. The exposure is not as bad
as it seems and the handholds are plenteous. Once you crest this short ledge, the summit is
20 yards to your left.

Alternate Southwest Route – class 2

It is possible to reach the summit by the longer and more circuitous route that reaches a
high ridge south of the peak. Once you reach this obvious spot at the top of the vegetation
you must then drop down the south side several hundred feet and traverse on easy blocks
along the south side of the peak. Once you reach easier ground re-ascend a ridge that
runs north-south (you will be able to look south at this point and see Chimney Rock in the
distance). Once you reach this ridge, turn and head up the west slopes to the summit. While
the climbing is slightly easier, it is less direct and much longer.

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