This 4.3-mile hike to Schafer Peak may not be easy—you’ll follow an overgrown trail and climb 1,700 feet in 2.3 miles—but it’s worth the effort. Spectacular panoramas of Lake Pend Oreille and the surrounding mountainscape await at the top. From National Forest Road 278, follow Teepee Gulch Trail 105. The overgrown path, composed of loose scree, swings uphill immediately. You’ll see occasional signs along the way, but be prepared to use your trail-finding skills for much of the hike near the ridge connecting Schafer Peak and Green Monarch Mountain.
At mile 1.2, turn left on Trail 68 at the T-intersection and begin a mile-long ridge run to Schafer. Navigate several confusing trail junctions before reaching a talus field that lies just below the summit. On top of Schafer, you’ll find the remnants of an old fire tower along with huge panoramas of Lake Pend Oreille and Sandpoint to the north and Green Monarch Ridge and Clark Fork to the east. Follow the same route back to the trailhead.
-Mapped by Travis Lesicka