Best Hikes with Dogs: Inland Northwest
by Craig Romano & Alan L. Bauer (The Mountaineers Books)
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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.
Great trail, pretty easy for the distance, good views of the lake for most of the trail. After reading that the area was mostly undeveloped in the trail guide, I was suprised to see houses around part of the lake. No signs of any wild life. There are two great campsites near the end of the trail.
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