Bead Lake Trail

Idaho Panhandle National Forests, Washington

Distance5.5mi
Elevation Gain3,880ft
Trailhead Elevation3,044ft
Top3,692ft
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 Guides

Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Day Hiking Eastern Washington (The Mountaineers Books)
Rich Landers
View more trails from this guide book
"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." Read more
Best Hikes with Dogs: Inland Northwest (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano & Alan L. Bauer
View more trails from this guide book
"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." Read more

Bead Lake Trail Reviews

5
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
icon6 Total
4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars
7/17/2018
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.
0
Comments
4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars
7/26/2011
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.
0
Comments
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
7/3/2011
Great views of the lake. Wasn't busy even on a holiday weekend. Trail begins across the road from the parking area.
0
Comments
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
6/26/2011
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
0
Comments
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
9/22/2007
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.
0
Comments
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
8/3/2000
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.
0
Comments

Bead Lake Trail Photos

Trail Information

Idaho Panhandle National Forests
Nearby City
Colville National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
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