There was still snow on the trail as we hiked so there was some slipping and sliding along the way, along with the mud. It was sunny, windy and chilly but we were prepared for that. This almost 2 mi hike to the top of Little Beehive had me sucking wind and although I'm not a hiker, I'm not in horrible shape either. It rises to about 1700 ft above sea level.Going back down was also tricky. We stopped at the tea house (crowded and not cheap) for a snack before heading on. You will encounter very friendly golden mantled squirrels that look like oversized chipmunks. They will scamper up to you looking for food but of course, please do not feed them. We also saw a hoary marmot looking for lunch. The view at the top is spectacular with icy turquoise water below and bright blue sky above. We heard a thunderous sound and saw an avalanche in the distance. The whole trip including a stop for tea took about four hours. I saw many people using walking poles or sticks - not a bad idea.