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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.

Length 16.7 mi Elevation gain 3,526 ft Route type 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!

http://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/parks/farragut

South access: From the intersection of I-90 and U.S. 95, go north on U.S. 95 for 16.7 miles, turning right on Bunco Road. After 2.4 miles, turn left to continue on Bunco. Go approximately 4.7 miles on Bunco where the pavement ends and becomes Forest Road 2707. Go 4.5 miles on 2707 to a left on 2708, then .4 miles to Bernard Peak. The last 5 miles of this trip is on a narrow, rocky mountain road and is recommended for vehicles with adequate clearance (4-wheel-drive preferred). North access: From the intersection of I-90 and U.S. Highway 95, go north on U.S. 95 for 18.3 miles, turn right on Highway 54, then follow the signs to the park. Stop at park headquarters for a trail map and more information and pay the parking fee. Turn right just past headquarters on South Road and drive 1/4 mile to the trailhead on the right. Trails 42, 45, 67 and 68 provide a narrow path through boulders and connect to the Scout Trail at trail marker 97. Continue eastbound through the logged area to the trail. Dont take any southbound roads.

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Zachary Timberlake
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BackpackingBlowdown

What a blast! I saw abundant nature and the one blowdown is later on and manageable. it is a little overgrown towards the beginning at the Pond but if you persevere you will be met with beautiful views and wide open trails.

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Shelley Hewitt
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Hiking

Great day! Only went to the view point with the kids. Only saw one other person on the trail.

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Robert Schmidt
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Hiking

A friend and I hiked this trail on 2/22. We made it most of the way to the final switchback. We saw evidence of one snowshoer that had turned around and then the snow laden path became trackless save for the critters of the forest. In the first few miles of the trail, we heard the bleating of a mountain goat and saw what we believed to be a large pheasant. Later on we heard the bugling of an elk and found his path through the snow on the trail, along with his droppings. Using the alltrails map, helped discern where the trail was when we came to treeless clearings, and there was nothing but a few feet of snow. It was an adventure and we ended up hiking 17.5 miles from the visitor center to where we turned around and back. I’m already looking forward to doing this one again and again in better conditions. I moved a few trees off the trail but there are plenty more.

Lorna Eisma
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Hiking

Scout trail is a good challenge for beginners. It's a long trail and the grade is easy. There are not alot of views but the scenery is beautiful. Perfect spot for a hike on a warmer day as you are under tree cover nearly the entire time.

Stephen Angliss
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grownPrivate property

Scout Trail is designed to make you miserable. I just completed the entire hike and it was the hardest hike I ever did for several reasons. 1. The hike is not 16m RT. It’s almost 19m depending on which route you start and end on. For someone who only prepared for 8 miles up hill, those extra two miles up make a difference. 2. The trail does not start where it says. The Scout Trail lies 1 mile past the high point trail parking lot. You need to hike a mile before even making the trail. 3. The trail has a knack for doing the exact opposite of what you want it to do at any given time. It goes down hill while you’re working to gain elevation. It’s drags out when you want to make a quick push. It gets steep whenever the only thing you want is smooth slopes. 4. This hike is best for an overnighter. Hike up, camp up top, and come back tomorrow. All trails seems to suggest it can be done as a hard one day slog, but that’s simply not realistic. 5. The trail is poorly marked, and offers few views. No wildlife to be found, either. If you’re doing this trail, bring twice as much water as you need. Do not do it all in one day. I was getting in a danger zone early one my return after running out of food and water. Just be careful out there. This AllTrails page is misleading.

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David Hanks
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Running

A good trail for a constant chill uphill run. As stated before views aren’t that great, but it’s pretty good for a medium length run. Even at a pretty relaxed pace you should be able to complete in 4 hours. Couple downed trees on the trail and the last 2 miles is snowy. Doesn’t seem like you need to worry about mountain bikers shuttling the trail this time of year.

Tracie Babor
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Hiking

This was easily accessed from highpoint trail. Scout trail goes out an opposite direction adding unnecessary length. Just a note scout trail is Bernard peak trail. This was lengthy. Clocking in at 17.4 miles. Little steep at first then a easily done moderate gain after that. Several nice views along the way. About 2/3 the way you hit your final view point then turn back to start some switch backs. After this final view point there is nothing to see. At the very top are the remnants of the old fire tower. But nothing else. Trees obstruct all views at the top. I’d stop at the last view point unless you need a work out. Do note you can easily drive to the peak as well. The road has been cleared for vehicle travel. With Easy accessibility comes the broken glass, trash, and shell casings at the top. Highly disappointing.

Tod Nybo
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Good hill climb the entire way up

Dana Grolle
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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.

JoRayne Schiller
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Hiking

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.

Jolene Patricia
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Hiking

Grueling but gorgeous!

Tessa Lake
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Hiking

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.

Josh Leatherman
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Running

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.

Chris Trahan
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Hiking

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.

Patrick McNaught
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Running

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.

Eileen Hittle
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Hiking

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!

Eileen Hittle
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Hiking

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.

Daniel Mitchell
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Snowshoeing

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!

Chad Jones
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Mountain biking

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!!!

Catherine Sparks
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Hiking

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.

Jeff Moyer
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Hiking

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.

Daniel Kremer
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Hiking

Not remarkable. I think there are better hikes nearby.

Zach McMackin
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Hiking

Grueling but affords some great views

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

Mark F
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Hiking

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.

Brendan Barry
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Rebecca Mierzejewski
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