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Bernard Peak - Scout Trail Option

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18.3 Miles 29.5 Kilometers


50%

Singletrack

2,782' 848 m

Ascent

-2,786' -849 m

Descent

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

5,035' 1,535 m

High

2,367' 721 m

Low

Conditions


All Clear 17 days ago
Dry: Parts of the upper Scout trail (north) are overgrown, tight, and require dismounting. Unless you a beast. History

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A fun outing with a flowy forested downhill from Bernard Peak and great views of Lake Pend Oreille.

Zbird Steiner

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Overview

A fun excursion with a gradual climb and a great intermediate downhill into Scout Trail (#49) down to Farragut State Park.

Need to Know

There is one 100 yd. hike-a-bike on Scout Trail (#49). There can be moose on or near the trail. There can be a lot of trees down in early spring as well as snow. Check with the local bike shops.

Description

To access this loop ride, park at the round-about and head south on N. Good Hope Rd. for just under two miles. Turn left on Bunco Rd. and start the gradual uphill. At mile 4.2, you can use the Bunco ORV/Power Line Trail (Trail 6001) uphill turnoff to avoid off-road traffic on the fire road (that way is a bit more physical).

Continue on Bunco High Drive / FS 332 (NF 209). After about 8.5 miles, turn left onto NF 2708 - Bernard Peak. Most people don't bother with the top of Bernard Peak as there is not much to see. Head down Bernard Peak Trail (#37) until it continues onto the Scout Trail (#49).

About catching #37— it is easy to miss as you're slogging uphill towards the summit (and even easy to miss coming down from the summit). It's a subtle trail marker on your left (if pedaling up hill) and is the first singletrack trailhead of the loop. So don't be looking for a visible fork or even a doubletrack-sized entry point.

On the lower Scout Trail (#49) things start off fast, open, and flow-y but get a little more complicated after that. There is also some tight overgrown singletrack (July 2018) that may require some dismounting. And past that, there is about a mile of easy to difficult rock gardens which one can walk. About half way through this part of Scout Trail, there are some junctions that are a little confusing but somebody has helpfully marked the correct path with white chalk on the trail markers. It's helpful.

Finish going through Farragut State Park. This downhill section can also be done as a shuttle with two cars. About six miles up hill, six miles flat, and six miles of downhill.

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Jul 28, 2018
Jet Monkey
All clear. Took me 2.5 hours to climb to the summit. I'm sure you can do this faster but if you can do it without dismounting, you are legend. 19mi — 5h 00m
Nov 2, 2017
Jerry Massie
l Love these trails. I come back everyweek 16mi
Sep 18, 2016
Jess Wojcik
Bernard Park Loop

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It wasn't obvious to me that parking in the roundabout was allowed. Would have been nice to park there, or to park at the information center close by. Instead, I parked at the small lot at the end of Twete Rd, right in front of the other trail head (which doesn't get you access to the whole loop). It's a few miles on the road till the start of the loop over at Bunco Rd. It's fine, but if you do the whole loop, the only downside is that it's a pretty decent/brutal climb back to the lot on Twete Rd. if you've been riding for five hours and are a bit toast. But all doable ;) Jul 28, 2018

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