Green Monarch Ridge Trail: Johnson Saddle to Schafer Peak

HARD 8 reviews

Green Monarch Ridge Trail: Johnson Saddle to Schafer Peak is a 8.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Clark Fork, Idaho that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
8.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2949 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

29 days ago

Interval training at its best. A motorcyclist thrashed the trail in the steep sections to increase the challenge but the views at the summit are unmatched at this point in my summer hiking feats.

hiking
1 month ago

The 7 mile stretch of road 278 to reach the trail head is maintained but narrow in sections and curvy. The drive up is very scenic, however, logging was underway so I passed two fully loaded trucks on the road. The first occurred in a wider section while the second was near the peak where the road narrows so I had to back down 150 yards to facilitate the safe passage between our vehicles.

The trail is well worn, simple to follow, but multi-use so a motorcyclist had wasted the stretches over the steepest sections thus adding to the challenge given the newly tilled, loose rock and soil. Be prepared the hike is fairly demanding. Inbound was about 2 hours and an hour to return to my truck.

There isn't much to see along the way but the view at the top is outstanding.

hiking
1 month ago

2 months ago

Great vantage points of lake pend orielle! Hike itself is a bit challenging with long uphill climbs to the ridge line. Make sure you have a hearty breakfast before trudging along this trail.

*We attempted to hike up toward the location of the old fire lookout, past the vantage, but the path was littered with downed trees.*

hiking
2 months ago

11 months ago

Directions to trailhead incorrect on alltrails. Take Road 278 for 7 miles then take the right fork to follow 278, takes you to a spot for parking and the trail head. More info on Forest Service website search Green Monarchs Trial #69

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Beautiful hike! The trail to Schafer Peak was grown over but the rest of the trails were great! 13km total from parking spot to base of Schafer peak and back.

hiking
Monday, March 31, 2014

This is a beautiful hike. We did in october right after the first light snowfall and it was a little bit treacherous on some of the steeper sections (and there some rather steep sections). Definitely worth the effort to stand on the cliffs overlooking lake Pend Oreille.