Bead Lake Trail begins with a descent down to an old road which is also used to access camping areas along the lakeshore. The trail begins again at the end of the old road and meanders through a mixed conifer forest where it offers spectacular views of the lake. At Lodge Creek, the main trail leaves the lake and climbs sharply up to Forest Service Rd #3215. Also at Lodge Creek, the spur trail #127.1 splits to the west and offers more views of the lake. The spur does not circle the lake- it is an out and back trail. One special point of interest is the giant Western White Pine about four miles up the main trail. It measures an incredible 15.7 feet in circumference.
Directions: From Newport, Follow US 2 across the Pend Oreille River into Idaho. Turn north on the first road on the other side of the bridge. This will be LeClerc Rd (County Rd 9305). Follow LeClerc for approximately 6 miles and then turn right onto Forest Road 3215. Continue on this road for half a mile to the trailhead. The parking area is on the south side of the road and is designated by signs.
Elevation: 3,040 feet
Ending Elevation: 3,600 feet
Elevation Gain: 800 feet
Distance: 6.4 miles
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