Ahh, Bead Lake how I've missed you. Bead Lake is a great trail to hit early season...and no this ride was NOT early season...because the snow melts off early and winters seems to be rather kind to the trail. 45min drive and you are there.
A couple things of note this year. First, a big thanks to the backcountry horsemen for putting in some new bridges. If my memory serves, there are 4 new bridges. Below, Marty demonstrates a proper dismount off one of these said bridges.
The views are amazing, Oh, but the second note I wanted to make was thanks to whoever brush whacked the trail on the back side of the lake. Over the last few years it was getting overgrown. Not now, the whole out and back is in primo shape. Oh, and speaking of shape. You might wanna be in some before you tackle the hill on the backside to the road.
A final note, there are a couple creek crossing which are fun. There are several spots along the trail to get to the lake for a dip. I would suggest taking advantage of those. You see there really is no beach or other public access to the lake and the lady manning the boat area is, well, not gonna let you through to the lake unless you have a boat (weekends only).