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
26 days ago

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

hiking
28 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month 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
1 month ago

backpacking
2 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
3 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
3 months ago

backpacking
3 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.

hiking
4 months ago

The Bead Lake Trail is a beautiful hike. The trail follows the lake shore most of the way. It elevates slightly and drops down into beautiful cedar groves multiple times. Other than a few easily navigable downed trees the trail and area is well taken care of. We even saw a deer walking the trail that seemed comfortable around people.
In three of these cedar groves along the way are campsites with the best one (in my mind) at the end of the trail about five miles in. I definitely plan on camping there in the future. This is not a "glamping" camp area as there are no roads to the sites. If you plan on dragging a bunch of stuff along with you be prepared to pay the price and you might want a couple beers handy when you get there. You pack it in, you pack it out.

I would rate this trail as easy for active people but the length out and back (over 10 mile by fit bit) leans closer to moderate. I wouldn't recommend trying to take children the whole way unless you like carrying them. Instead there is a beautiful campsite about 30 minutes in that would be perfect for the whole family.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful hike, variety of scenery entire time. Trail is well maintained, follows along lake mostly, small section that elevates and takes you back away from lake. The hike in (5 mi. one way then must come back out) I would not categorize as easy compared to other trails on here rated as easy. My 4 yr old would not make this round trip on her own and it would be a stretch for my 10yr old to complete entire hike. I hike regular and was tired after round trip hike roughly 11 mi. Cedar grove sections and 3-4 dispersed camping sites you hike into, it would be work if you had a lot of camp gear but def worth it, the camping sites were great spots along trail. Whole hike is def worth it, at just over 5 mi you reach end of trail, it ends at very cool spot b4 having to turn around come back out.

camping
4 months ago

nice easy trail. worth making the trip.