Bead Lake Trail

OutAndBack • 10 mi • 400 ft

Lying just a few miles outside of the pastoral Pend Oreille River valley, large and mostly undeveloped, Bead Lake is a pleasant surprise. It is surrounded by groves of old growth, it has no visible outlet, and its shoreline is graced with a beautifully constructed hiking trail. Furthermore, this pleasant trail rarely sees large numbers of users, unlike the Sullivan Lake Trail to the north.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Newport
Length: 10 total miles
Elevation Gain: 400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 6 hours
Season: Best late April to November
Trailhead Elevation: 3,200 feet
Top Elevation: 3,200 feet
Other Uses: Dog allowed
Local Contacts: Colville National Forest, Newport Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Bead Lake
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Did the Bead Lake trail as the first overnight backpacking trip with my 6 and 8-year-old sons. The trail is great and there are plenty of places to camp. The best campsite for lake access, though, is the one that's only about .5 miles from the trailhead. We went about 4 miles in and found a nice site with a stream for water and close-by shore access to fish from. Beautiful, clean, peaceful place. The only reason it's not 5 stars is the housing developments and associated boats. We didn't see either from our camping spot but you would from others.


Great views of the lake. Wasn't busy even on a holiday weekend. Trail begins across the road from the parking area.

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