Hiking & Trails

Trail of the Week: Cape Horn Summit trails

Pete Zimowsky / Idaho Statesman

Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Drive the Bear Valley Road (Forest Road No. 198-579) to Cape Horn Summit where the road dissects the Lola Creek Trail, and you'll come to two trailheads.

Trail 024 crosses the road. If you head northeast on the Lola Creek Trail, you'll eventually end up near Lola Creek Campground on Marsh Creek.

If you head southwest, you could end up at the Bench Creek Rest Area on Idaho 21.

This is wild country and something to see. What's really fascinating are the remains of the massive County Line Fire of 1992.

There's a sign at the summit explaining the forest fire and telling about Bear Valley.

Trail of the Week

Open to: Hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders.

Ideal for: Those with lots of stamina.

Trailhead elevation: 7,356 feet.

Destination elevation: Over 8,000 feet, depending on which direction you travel.

Length: Upwards of 12 miles for the entire trail.

Difficulty: Lots of high country hiking.

Out and back or loop: Out and back is best.

Wildlife you might see: Wolves, deer, elk and lots of song birds.

Notes/bathrooms: You'll find outhouses at nearby rest areas and campgrounds.

Information: None, just do it.

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