Bead Lake #127

Area Status: Open

This non-motorized trail follows an old roadbed for 0.5 miles, then winds through a mixed conifer forest and along the shoreline of Bead Lake providing visitors with spectacular views of the lake. A spur trail #127.1 is located at the north end of Bead Lake and is not maintained. It crosses Lodge Creek and follows the shoreline for one mile where it comes to a dead end.

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Drinking water, Parking
Open Season: April 15 - October 31
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: Washington state fishing license required. See Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife at for more information. 
Closest Towns: Newport, WA
Information Center: Trail Map provided by

General Information


From Newport follow U.S. Highway 2 across the Pend Oreille River into Idaho and turn north on LeClerc Road (County Road 9305). Continue on County Road 9305 for 2.8 miles and turn right onto the Bead Lake Road (County Road 3029).  Travel for 6 miles, turn right on Forest Road 3215000, and continue 0.5 miles to the trailhead.  The lower trailhead and parking area are located adjacent to the Bead Lake Ridge Road (NFS Road 3215000).

The upper trailhead is located at the eleven-mile marker on Forest Road 3215000.  There is limited parking

Latitude 48.286677 Longitude -117.110015

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Mountain Biking

  • Popular trail with scenic views of the lake. Many bikers make a loop by riding the trail system to the upper trailhead where it intersects with Forest Road #3215000 and follow the road back to the lower trailhead. CAUTION: Road is narrow and windy with a moderate amount of vehicle traffic. 
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Day Hiking

  • Trail meanders through a mixed conifer forest and offers spectacular views of the lake. The trail system does not circle the lake.
Difficulty Level: Moderate


  • Suitable for short backpacking trips. Four dispersed campsites with fire rings lie adjacent to the lake for overnight stays.
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Horse Riding

  • Trail is very narrow in some locations and is not that well suited for horses. 
Difficulty Level: Moderate


Parking: No Day Use Fee
Drinking water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.

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  Area/Length : 
6.4 miles

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  Elevation : 
3,040 feet - 3,600 feet range