Bead Lake Loop

Newport, Washington 99156

Bead Lake Loop

Bead Lake Loop Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Bead Lake Loop Reviews

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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
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.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,335 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Technical Difficulty
Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty
Summer or fall.
2,865 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,400 feet
Top Elevation
Newport Ranger District, 509-447-7300
Local Contacts
Colville National Forest map. USGS 7.5: Bead Lake.
Local Maps

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Jul 2018