Johnstone Peak via Bear Gulch is a 7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Hailey, Idaho that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking.

Length7.0 miElevation gain3,254 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockyOff trailNo shadeNo dogs
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Most of the hike is on a pretty good trail but there is an off-trail section to get to the top (starting from the Bear Gulch trailhead). The off-trail section is fairly short but steep with loose scree in some sections.

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ron wood
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Derek Nelson
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Kristoph Lodge
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Started at Bear Gulch and summit’d Johnstone Peak from there. The break off point from Bear Gulch is nasty steep and you cross a number of scree fields. There isn’t really a trail so I used gps to make sure I was taking the right route. I scree surfed down the same way I came up to meet back up with Bear Gulch trail. From there I continued until you see a faint trail break off, which is Morgan Ridge trail. It’s not a real trail, but you can pick it out a few times during the hike. Just stay on the ridge! You end up summiting 3 or 4 more minor peaks along Morgan ridge. It’s all off trail cross country hiking. Continue on the ridge for a long time with amazing views of the pioneers and Johnstone. You feel like you are in the middle of nowhere but on the top of the world. Eventually you meet up with Proctor Loop and all the tourists doing the loop. What a site :)

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Probably one of my favorite summits of the year, the views toward the big peaks in the Pioneers are insane. Granted, you do have to work for it - the off-trail climb up from the official Bear Gulch trail leaving the saddle is steeeeeep! We traversed cross-country along the east ridge from the summit to connect with the Johnstone Creek trail to descend since it dumps you out on the road only about half a mile from the Bear Gulch TH. Great loop, 10/10 recommend for the experienced hiker!

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Derek Powsurfer
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Gina Uible-Wolcott
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Andrea Madson
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Tracy Devitt
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Daniel Slotwiner
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