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Highpoint Trail

Farragut State Park

Idaho Panhandle, Idaho

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  • The Highpoint Trailhead.- Highpoint Trail
  • The Highpoint Trail starts through dense brush.- Highpoint Trail
  • From the sign, the trail steepens and gets rocky.- Highpoint Trail
  • Highpoint Trail.- Highpoint Trail
  • The trail crosses steep rock and scree on the way to the viewpoint at the top.- Highpoint Trail
  • A rope leads to a steep, loose-footing section that can be avoided by staying to the right.- Highpoint Trail
  • Highpoint Trail.- Highpoint Trail
  • Views at the top of the Highpoint Trail.- Highpoint Trail
  • A small glimpse of Lake Pend Oreille on the Highpoint Trail.- Highpoint Trail
  • Gordon's mock orange (Philadelphus lewisii).- Highpoint Trail
  • Navigating rock and scree on the Highpoint Trail.- Highpoint Trail
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Pros: 
Wildflowers. Views of surrounding area. Options to extend the trail on a ridge.
Cons: 
Scree and loose footing. Only a small view of Lake Pend Oreille.
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Region:
Idaho Panhandle, ID
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
450.00 ft (137.16 m)
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
3.00 mi (4.83 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
2,400.00 ft (731.52 m)
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

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The Highpoint Trail is the only trail in Farragut State Park that leaves the shoreline of Lake Pend Oreille and heads up the surrounding rock ridge. It starts from near the visitor center and, after a short time spent walking a dense, overgrown path, continues past a sign warning bikers not to continue before it starts to climb the ridge.

Beyond the sign the trail becomes rocky, loose, and at times requires slowly picking your way across scree. The footing requires some smart stepping, but it isn't overly challenging for anyone used to hiking in an area with scree. The trail veers off to the Highpoint viewpoint, and from here it runs alongside the base of a granite cliff face before making its way to the top.

The views from the top are somewhat enclosed by the surrounding fir trees, but they offer the smallest of glimpses at Buttonhook Bay below. From here hikers can continue back the way they came, go via a loop back to the trailhead, or also opt to extend their trip on the Scout Trail/Bernard Peak Trail that continues up the ridge for another 6 miles and climbs to 5,150 feet.

Farragut State Park is a large complex with seven campgrounds and trails that link various parts of the park. During the busy summer season youth groups make use of the park, but the facilities remain open to other visitors year round. It was once a World War II naval training facility, where submarines made use of the depths of Lake Pend Oreille. Farragut State Park was named after David Farragut, the first admiral of the U.S. Navy, who was appointed during the Civil War. It became a state park in 1965.

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