The St. Joe River Road, which serves the trailhead for trail #191, sits at about 2,900 feet in elevation.

Turner Peak comes in at a staggering 5,768 feet some five miles later.

Some math would lead to the assumption that the path leading to this cliff-like mountain top won’t be all that easy.

But the views at the top – and along the way – are some of the most picturesque the St. Joe has to offer.

For a trail that ascends nearly 3,000 feet in elevation, Turner Peak trail does provide plenty of low-grade portions for rest between climbs.

The path leisurely works its way through a quaint, cedar forest near the river before turning uphill for one of more than a dozen climbs along the way to Turner Peak.

Lower elevations of Trail #191 are clear of snow, and have been for more than a month.

Higher portions could hold snow in shady areas, as nearby peaks received a fresh layer late last week.

Wildlife have moved more densley into the bottom mile of Trail #191, including some of the local elk population, which enjoy the convenience of a cut-out path as much as the trail's two-legged visitors.

Plenty of trees provide much-needed shade for the majority of Trail #191.

Distance from St. Maries: Approx. 50 miles

Directions: Take the St. Joe River Road east out of St. Maries to Avery. Continue through Avery past Packsaddle campground and continue past Skookum Creek Trail #193. Turner Peak Trail #191 is well-marked off the north side of the St. Joe River Road approximately one mile past Skookum Creek.

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