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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.8 miles
2,765 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips




wild flowers


2 months ago

Not much to see on most of the hike, but when you get on top your rewarded with a spectacular view of Lake Pend Orielle and the surrounding mountains including Scotchman Peak. What makes this hike hard is the fact that it’s a roller coaster climb that is as easily hard to get to the top, but just as hard or even harder on the way out. Wish the trails wouldn’t be so damn rocky, or else this trail would be a lot easier on the feet.

5 months ago

This hike was gnarly to say the least starts off with a gradual climb pretty open to tight thick forest crazy up and down you down climb much but it’s so up and down it will get you. I am not one to complain about bugs but holy crap found a deer tick on my wife. Some guys were clearing the logs saw 9 guys on dirt bikes which honestly was nice they spooked any animals that I didn’t want to see and were very friendly. If you hike deff go early to beat some of the bugs. The directions to the trail from all trails is wrong take the right at the end of the directions not all way to it but at the sign. And you will see the trail head. The views were breathtaking when you get to the top. This made all the bugs the crazy small technical trail that would dramatically go up and down worth it. It was a kick to watch the guys on the dirt bikes because it was a crazy trail to walk on let alone ride on. Keetos to them. Three stars because the crazy bugs everywhere and the trail was never like a flat walkable trail. If I really don’t like someone this is the trail I would take them on haha.

5 months ago

This was a tough but rewarding hike. The views are stunning. The mosquitoes were plentiful.

Friday, July 21, 2017

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.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

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.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

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.*

Thursday, August 25, 2016

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.

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.

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