Bernard Peak / Scout Trail

Athol, Idaho 83801

Bernard Peak / Scout Trail

Bernard Peak / Scout Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"With great viewpoints along the way, this challenging trip climbs through richly diverse conifer forest nearly all the way to the 5,150-foot-high summit of Bernard Peak. Grouse and white-tailed deer are common and often found along this route. There is also a chance of seeing a bear.

Note the yellow arrows that mark this route at many but not all junctions. A portion of this trail follows an easement through private land—please stay on the trail. This is a long hike with a total elevation gain and loss of over 3,000 feet. Be sure the entire party is up to it."

Bernard Peak / Scout Trail Trip Reports

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6/26/2011
This trail is in terrible condition. The long ride up was good for conditioning, but the promised sweet singletrack was inundated with fallen trees for the first 3.5 miles. It was literally only 20-50 yards between tree-falls, and some were so large that you had to carry your bike under, through and over multiple trees and branches. Not fun. You will be off your bike more than you are on. Until the trail gets cleared, avoid this one.
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9/3/2009
The trailhead is in Farragut State Park which in and of itself is better than this trail. The trail and locator signage in this park is VERY POOR. If you're lucky enough to have a map, you can see that "location 67" is this way, but nowhere is there any reference to what location point you're looking at on the map.

We took this trail in search of the High Point Lookout. Well, this trail is not a high point and there's little to look out at. The trail dead ends into a rock slide and vertical face that is not passable by a hiker.

By foot we were only able to complete maybe 80% of this trail. If you take a bike, plan on carrying it in several places up steep and unstable tread.

There's 50 miles of road - much of it inaccessible by auto - in Farragut Park. That, combined with its rich history as a naval base in WWII would make a MUCH MORE pleseant trip on foot or bike than this trail.

Also in Farragut State Park you will find year round camping. Some spots, like the Gilmore Campground, have paved roads, water and power at the camp sites, and nice public restrooms and showers.

Even on park literature, use of this trail seems to be discouraged - and for good reason.
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7/11/2006
If you don't like riding dirt roads up hill for 10 long miles, then don't do this ride!!! It is a very long gruling uphill, by the time you get to the top your exhausted. The down hill singletrack was in good shape except for several downed trees you had to lift your bike over(4-5). The first 3 miles are all on paved road which was no fun. there are some nice veiws at the top if your not to tired to bush wack to the views.
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7/10/2006
This thing rules! Go do it now!
A good option is to just ride the singletrack up from the trailhead at the end of Twete Rd.
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8/24/2003
Oustanding ride. Directions are great. Since the writing of the ride, Good Hope road has been paved where it intersects with Hwy 54. Also, due to increased ATV activity, after the split on FR2707 & 2708, there is another split: Follow the trail to the right to continue onto the East Facing slope of the mountain. The first mile or so of downhill after reaching the top of Bernard Peak is pretty technical, but after that opens up into some awesome single-track. If you don't ride this area often, allow for some extra time for Kodak moments, there's plenty of opportunities for some great shots on the way up & back down.
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12/14/2001
REALLY FUN DOWNHILL, AWESOME RIDE ALTOGETHER
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Trail Information

Athol
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
17.4 miles
Distance
3,000 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
8 to 10 hours
Duration
Summer and early fall
Season
Views
Features
Farragut State Park, 13550 E. Highway 54, Athol, ID 83801; (208) 683-2425
Local Contacts
The Farragut State Park Trail Guide, available at the visitor center, covers this trail.
Local Maps

Trail Log