hiking
23 days ago

Beautiful trail with lots of potential. More fun in the winter than the summer, we’ve done during both seasons. Lots of wildlife as well.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike

2 months ago

one of my favorite places

Great hike! If you don't mind the downhill jaunt to access the water. A lot of the trail runs along hill side. So may not be suitable for smaller children. The lake is beautiful. A few great camp sites along the way.

hiking
3 months ago

Bead Lake is one of the more scenic trails near Spokane and well worth the hour drive north.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Trails are clear and nice to hike. View of the lake is beautiful. There are cliff trails and steep trails.

on Bead Lake Trail

hiking
4 months ago

backpacking
5 months ago

Hiked out to last campsite at about the 8km mark and spent the night. Trail was well maintained and campsites were clean! Would stop at one of the earlier campsites with lake access if camping here again, they were a lot nicer than the last one.

on Bead Lake Trail

hiking
5 months ago

This trail was well marked, parked at the free area and did 4.9 miles out and back. Restroom at boat launch was nasty smelling. Ugh.
Wind kept bugs away and the day was 70's and sunny. I wasn't expected as much hill climbing. Two hills, and would have liked my poles due to old knees. Found 3 camp sites, very clean. Many lupine, Twin flowers, tiger lilies, Honeysuckle. Water was beautiful light turquoise. One of my favorites.

Awesome trail- very easy and beautiful!

Hiked today. Trail was good. One damp spot and a few fallen trees. Easier than I thought

hiking
6 months ago

backpacking
6 months ago

We made this trip the Friday-Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. A group of seven of us hiked to the end of the trail and camped for the night. The trail was basically empty on the hike out; a few people at the very first campsites. On the way back we passed 3 or 4 backpacking groups. It's a deceptively difficult hike. We're all young and in relatively good shape, and we had to stop for breaks a few times, especially on the way back. There are a few pretty steep sections. Granted, we were all wearing packs. The trail was just about completely clear; maybe one or two downed trees.
We made it to the end of the trail in a couple of hours I think, and we camped there. The trail comes to an end in a cedar grove, although there is a sign for the "Bead Lake Spur Trail", which goes over a bridge to the left. We scouted this, but it sort of just dissolves into the brush after a little over a mile. Not much to see down that trail, unless you're looking for a little exercise.
The camp site is nice. It's right along a little stream, and there's room for 10 or so people. There's a fire pit and some logs to sit on. We were hoping the campsite would be right on the lake, but it's about a 7 minute walk to the lake, either via the main trail or the spur trail. If you want to camp on the lake shore, pick one of the earlier sites. Bugs were present but not terrible. Two of us fished for bass for about two hours and didn't catch anything.
All in all a great trip, although there are a number of hikes in the surrounding area that offer more striking scenery. This is a good one to use as a warm up while the snow is melting everywhere else.