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. Horses are also able to use this trail.
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!
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!
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!!!
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.
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.
Not remarkable. I think there are better hikes nearby.
Grueling but affords some great views
Easy hike. Great for family with young kids. Clean trails.
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 overlook...you'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.