Bead Lake Trail

Idaho Panhandle National Forests, Washington

Elevation Gain3,880ft
Trailhead Elevation3,044ft
Elevation Min/Max2833/3692ft
Elevation Start/End3044/3044ft

Bead Lake Trail

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. This trail connects with the following: Bead Lake Spur 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."

"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."

"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."

Bead Lake Trail Reviews

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This trail is super family friendly and a fairly easy hike if you backpack it and stop to camp overnight. Otherwise I would consider it a more challenging trail for a day hike. The various kinds of trees and lake scenes all along the way are really beautiful. The trail is well marked with lots of wildflowers this time of year (June and early July): lupine, honeysuckle, and lilies.
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.
Have done this trail twice, once up the trail and down the road, and today up the road and down the trail (definitely the better way to go). The first time a moose jumped out of the bushes right beside me on the road, and today I surprised a black bear that was on the road but ran into the bushes. Aside from the large potentially lethal animals, this is a beautiful and peaceful climb followed by a really fun descent
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.
This ride is INCREDIBLE!!! However I wonder why the descriptions here never really tell you how to get there.(Keep up the good work.) I also wonder why anyone would ride up those switchbacks. If you do the road loop you are almost guaranteed to see some large wildlife (bear,moose etc). I have ridden this ride several times a year for the past seven years and have seen wildlife almost every time.

Bead Lake Trail Photos

Trail Information

Idaho Panhandle National Forests
Nearby City
Colville National Forest
Colville National Forest, Newport Ranger District
Newport Ranger District, 509-447-7300
Local Contacts
Colville National Forest map. USGS 7.5: Bead Lake.
USGS Bead Lake
Local Maps

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Jul 2018