hiking
3 days ago

The trail is in great condition. You have beautiful views the majority of the time coming down and are welcomed by a dream beach at the bottom. You definitely earn your keep coming back up — overall, really fun trail.

mountain biking
blowdown
snow
6 days ago

Almost made it to the top on mountain bike in mid May but snow stopped us 1.5 miles to the end.

hiking
6 days ago

Great trail. A little narrow when passing people. Definitely a workout coming back up. The views and beach are worth the trip. Many people camping on the beach at the far end. Went on a Saturday and still plenty of room on the beach.

hiking
9 days ago

Did this hike yesterday and loved it so beautiful would highly recommend the trail was dry

hiking
9 days ago

Fabulous hike. Loved the views and the beautiful forest! Cardboard sign hung up at beginning warning of a mountain lion sighting. Only saw 2 people and a couple camping on the beach! Not many skeeters.

hiking
9 days ago

Great trail. VERY steep but worth it! 9 and 11 year old made it fine too.

running
11 days ago

Awesome trail! Only snow in shaded spots up top. Easy to follow, no confusion. View on bacside on top is great! Climb is quite gradual after a few steep parts in first 1.5 miles. Lovely creeks crossing trail, good to cool off. A few bikers, but they were kind & warned me of others.

hiking
12 days ago

Very nice views all along the trail. The beach is very nice and quiet. Trail in excellent condition.

hiking
13 days ago

Great trail! Lots of shade. All downhill the first half then uphill on the way back. Didn’t see a ton of people. The trail is pretty narrow, hard to move over when there are passing people or dogs.

hiking
13 days ago

Road is blocked by residential gate on road approaching trail head. Pretty area for sure, but couldn't get access.

hiking
15 days ago

Lovely hike down to the lake with amazing views the whole way. The beach was awesome as well. Was an overcast day with temperatures in the mid to high 50's so not many bugs to report but I would assume they are out there when the temps warm up. Definitely a hike worth trying. The hike back up is a burner but isn't to bad. Elevation gain is fairly accurate. Took my GPS along as I saw someone was reporting 3500 feet. The lake sits at approx 2100 and the trail started at approx 3200.

15 days ago

Beautiful beautiful trail. Picturesque views of the lake. The pebble beach at the end of the trail is phenomenal and well worth the entire hike. Theres even a rope swing, picnic table and fire pits at the beach. Be warned though elevation gain is closer to 3500 ft. The hike back out is steep! This is not a young family friendly trail. Although our experienced five year old hiker completed the trail, coming back up took many many breaks to push through. The trail stays very narrow throughout with steep cliff edges on one side through a couple long sections the closer you get to the beach. Fabulous hike but a little scary with little ones. I would say 7 and up would be a good age range for this hike.

hiking
20 days ago

I really enjoyed this trail. Mostly flat until you get closer to the lake. Next time I take this trail I plan on starting from a different location.

hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful views of Lake Pend Oreille the entire way down. Beautiful rocky beach. We camped overnight, it was quiet and no one else was there. Lots of room for your own spot on the beach. Highly recommend.

hiking
21 days ago

The hike was beautiful even though it was cloudy and a little misty. Had the sun been out it would have been awesome! The lake is in sight the entire hike. The trail is clear and snakes down hill about 2 miles to the lake. You then have the same hike back only uphill. I was able to run down and hike fairly fast out. Total took a little over an hour. Great for dogs as well. Only saw one other party of 3. Easy to find trail via google maps.

running
23 days ago

First walk with mom

5/8/20 Beautiful views almost the entire way. Large pebble beach to explore and we had it to ourselves on a Friday morning! Wildflowers, maintained trail, no bugs. Easy in and out.

hiking
28 days ago

Beautiful trail, passed 7 motorcycles on the trail with not a lot of room for error..leads to an amazing view and beach

hiking
snow
29 days ago

I started at the top of Bernard Peak today, and hiked down the trail for a while. On south-facing slopes, the snow is melted and spring is glorious. On the north-facing slopes, there are still drifts of ice and snow that are a couple of feet deep. About 2 miles of the road to the top of the mountain are still covered in snow, so there is a bit of hiking required to get to the top, even from the road.

Beautiful hike! 2 miles straight down to a secluded beach. The trek back up was a nice leg burner at a good pace!

hiking
blowdown
1 month ago

Lots of down tree was a log buried and jammed my knee be careful beautiful view

hiking
1 month ago

Incredibly beautiful. The hike back up kicked my butt and I like to think I'm in decent shape. Definitely a good workout.

hiking
1 month ago

Breathtaking views, perfect beach for the pup to play. Some bugs, LOTS of people and dogs. We were the 3rd car in the morning at the TH and when leaving there were likely 20! Trail is very narrow so it’s difficult to pass with dogs

Beautiful views. Amazing when you reach the lakeshore.

hiking
1 month ago

there's a view the whole time!

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Hike is Long but easy grade. I am a newbie hiker and with 48 lb pack averaged 3 mph (with short legs) without breathing hard. Snow starts getting deep at the 5 mile mark. Lost the trail 1.2 miles from the top. Bring snowshoes, determination and better mapping/trail skills then I have and you will have a great time! Have to crawl under 3 trees and over 4.

really fun! however pay attention or you'll be like me and follow purple trail ll the way to completely different parking lot !

hiking
1 month ago

The last stretch follows the creek down to Buttonhook Bay. Trillium are peppered along the trail. No birds out today but we did see some resident marmots closer to the visitors center. Trail is in great condition.

hiking
1 month ago

Phenomenal views pretty much all the way down the trail with a beautiful, rocky beach waiting at the bottom. Numerous switch backs on the way back up make the ascent interesting but not horribly difficult.

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