Bead Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Pend Oreille County, Washington. It is within Colville National Forest and Idaho Panhandle National Forests. It is 5.5 miles long and begins at 3,044 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 11.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,880 feet. Enchantment Camp and another camp site can be seen along the trail.
Bead Lake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Bead Lake Trail No. 127 switchbacks down toward the lake from the upper trailhead. At 0.2 mile and the junction with the trail from the boat-launch trailhead, continue ahead, with the lake on your left. At 0.7 mile, pass the spur down to the Mineral Bay boat-in campsite. At 1.2 miles, the trail passes through a cedar grove and the hike-in Enchantment Camp at the end of the anchor-shaped lake’s southeast arm."
--Rich Landers, Day Hiking Eastern Washington (The Mountaineers Books).
"Bead lake Loop is a scenic 17.7-mile ride recommended for intermediate and advanced cyclists. It's less than and hour from Spokane to the trailhead, and worth the drive. The gravel road climb to the trail contains numerous fast descents, and is a fun ride in itself, but the start of the Bead Lake Trail is on of the funniest stretches of singletrack. Six-mile long Bead Lake Trail varies in its condition. Most of it is a good, hardpacked dirt path. There are some precipitous scree slopes and five steep switchbacks by the cedar grove on the way to the lake. there is one monster climb in the last two miles of singletrack. The beginning of the ride features some nice vistas to the south of the Pend Oreille River and the Selkirks. Logging on Bead Divide has opened up some views. Below and to the west you can see Bead Lake. to the east are Idaho forests and mountains. The route passes some huge white pines."
--Bennett & Leman, Mountain Bike! Washington (Menasha Ridge Press).
"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."
--Craig Romano & Alan L. Bauer, Best Hikes with Dogs: Inland Northwest (The Mountaineers Books).
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