Scout Trail to Bernard Peak

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Scout Trail to Bernard Peak is a 16.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Athol, Idaho that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

16.7 miles
3,526 feet
Out & Back

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The following information is from the state parks trail map available at the trailhead: The Scout Trail is a part of the Farragut State Park trail system. It was created as a result of a private landowner generously permitting public access, on the trail across private land, for recreation. The owner will close the trail if abuse occurs. As long as users behave correctly, the trail will remain open! Camping along the trail on PRIVATE land is not permitted. No fires are permitted on the ground. Motorized vehicles are not permitted on the trail. Difficulty: not a beginner trail because of length and slope. To hike one way from Farragut to the top is 8 miles. For a 16 mile roundtrip hike a person needs to be in very good physical condition, and prepared. The trail is too steep and rocky in the lower area for bicycle riding - a bicycle would need to be pushed or carried on parts of the trail. Where the trail intersects with logging roads pink flagging was placed to guide you. The trail is very well signed for the first 2.5 miles. In the logged area (a blight on the timber industry) the aforementioned flagging is pretty scarce; just continue eastbound along the southern periphery of the logged area and you'll find the trail without too much problem. Don't take any of the southbound roads. Once past the logged area the trail is very well maintained and easy to follow. This summit does not offer the spectacular views that my other four Lake Pend Oreille summits offered but it is an outstanding hike nonetheless. The silence up here is deafening!

25 days ago

Good hill climb the entire way up

25 days ago

The trail was lovely and nice and shaded most of the way, however, the views were a little disappointing with no real clear ones at the top. So overall... good trail/good workout, but less than ideal views for the distance.

25 days ago

The review below by Tessa is completley accurate. Had originally planned just the Bernard Peak loop but decided to do this one to add some mileage and elevation :) Bring more water than you think you'll need as the streams are drying up. The length is definitley what makes this rate as hard. 4 hours up (with some off trail adventuring) and 3.5 down. Not a lot of views but a great hike.

25 days ago

Grueling but gorgeous!

2 months ago

This trail was beautiful and grueling! But worth it for the views. A few notes - it costs $5 to park there. You can either put cash in an envelope and drop it in the bin near the entrance or backtrack down the highway to the visitor's center where you can pay with your card. The signs in the beginning were really confusing. There was a sign that directed you to the right for Scout Trail but it took us completely away from the map listed on All Trails. So we ended up backtracking and taking the trail called "Highpoint Trail." This matched up with the map and eventually connected us to Scout Trail. From there, the trail was clear marked. However, there is a ton of overgrowth, fallen trees, and plenty of rocks to climb so be prepared. The environment changes frequently. Most of it is shaded and not too sunny. We saw a moose on the trail and another group saw a baby elk. At one point you will reach a sign that says Scout Trail to the right or Lake Viewpoint straight. I highly recommend you take that 2 minute walk from the sign to the viewpoint. It's the only view of Lake Pend Oreille you'll get on the whole hike and it's gorgeous. I uploaded some photos. Views at the top were okay but somewhat disappointing. Nice mountain view but no lake. This hike is difficult just because it's so long, you have to navigate all kinds of debri, and parts are steep. It took us 9 miles and 4 hours to get to the top - total of 18 miles and 7 hours and 26 minutes with 7 hours of moving time and 26 minutes rest. It's a doozy but well worth it.

trail running
8 months ago

Great trail with some cool views .Would be a ton of fun to man bike down. Turned around 1 mike from the top cause of how much snow I was in with running shoes.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Great fun! Great dynamic trail! There's scramble spots, lake views, long as hell switch backs, cute squeaky trees (keep a lookout), wildlife, etc. we saw plenty of deer, an adult owl and fledgling, signs of mountain goats and much more! Great for trail running! The peak is rather anti-climactic but there are great camping spots up there, not that we camped... but it's an option for backpacking.

trail running
Monday, July 03, 2017

Very runnable trail other than a few steep climbing sections. A couple km in a tree has fallen and completely eliminated the path. Just steer to the left and you'll find the trail after maybe 30 meters.

Friday, May 12, 2017

This is a long, difficult trail. It took us all day out and back.The view at the top is okay, but it's still pretty neat up there. Would do again!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

I went as far as the lake viewpoint before turning around. I want to plan for time and do the full hike soon! Gorgeous trail and views.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Today, I managed about half of this trail on snowshoes. The snow was several feet deep, and the trail hard to find. This would be a fierce hike, even in fair weather. I will be back to conquer this, come spring!

mountain biking
Sunday, August 07, 2016

Our scout troop cut 144 trees out of this trail in a time period of 4 days. It was destroyed with blow down this year from the storms. If you connect this trail with (Farragut) Scout Trail then the High Point Trail to finally connect with the Buttonhook bay trail leading all the way to the boat launch. Makes for a great day!!!

Monday, June 06, 2016

Great hike if you want to get some mileage in. A couple places along the way for good views of Beaver Bay. Signs for trail could be improved. View from the top is not real great, but right now the wildflowers are very pretty.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Overall pleasant hike. Mostly shaded, few seasonal streams for water. Grade was mostly pleasant, just a few steep spots.

Trail encroached by plants in a few places. Signage near the trail head is confusing, but trail is easy to follow once away from trail head.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Not remarkable. I think there are better hikes nearby.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Grueling but affords some great views

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Easy hike. Great for family with young kids. Clean trails.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Arguably the best long hike within two hours of Spokane, a must do for any hiker. The trailhead begins at Farragut State Park and, after a mile or so, joins the seven mile Scout trail to Bernard Peak. There are several fantastic viewpoints of Lake Pend Oreille Looking north and Mount Spokane toward the West. Add the moss covered rock formations and cliffs at the beginning of the hike; beautiful groupings of trees; occasional stream crossings; and long sections of uphill climbing to a summit've got a winner. There is a great turnaround spot at mile 5 (measured from the trailhead) with outstanding views through a break in the trees. This would cuts about six miles off round trip. With the exception of the reaching the summit, which is a bit unremarkable, you really don't gain much. These last few miles are heavily forested and offer limited to no views of the surrounding area. Still, I don't miss an opportunity to summit a mountain. I imagine the trail can get busy, especially in the park, but last weekend I had the place to myself. You can't beat that! Highly recommended.

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