Summary: This excellent trail takes you up, up and up. It starts off on a steep wooded hillside before breaking into some large swichbacks across the alpine hillside. You will cross the remains of a 1994 lightning fire near the top. Mountain goats are often found near the top. From the top, you will have excellent views of the Selkirks, the Cabinets and Lake Pend Oreille. Remember to bring plenty of water for this one.
Trailhead: From Clark Fork, ID turn north on Main St. This road becomes FR276. Follow it for about 2.5 miles and then turn right following the signs to Trail 65. Continue for about a mile then turn left on FR2294A. Drive less than .5 mile and turn left again on FR1058. Follow it for 2 miles then turn left to the trailhead in .1 mile. (Lat:48.165 Lon:-116.0987)
Trail Guides for Scotchman Peak:
Best Seasons: Fall, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Kaniksu National Forest, Sandpoint Ranger Stn: 208-263-5111
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by wade lafferty
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Reviewed by Forrest on 12/23/2010
The best hike in north Idaho, I have hiked over 1000 miles in norh Idaho and this tops the charts. Be ready to encounter bear, I see em all the time near the top. bring lots of water, non is available along trail unless you treck down to morris creek STEEP
Reviewed by Dillon on 4/22/2010
i hike the mountain the other day it had 3inchs of snow at the very bottom of were you park lol me and my mom and dad climb it my mom whos a guide for hunters did it fine no probs and my dad whos a emt for a sandpoint medical center whos very over weight just about died they both went about half way with me and told me to hike the rest so i did luckly there was a guy in fron of me who looked like sean white made a nice trail for me and i made it to the top and snoboarded down i think im the first to snowboard down it im not sure but it was amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by derek on 8/27/2009
Hiked Scotchman Peak yesterday. The views were worth the hard work. Hike starts out pretty steep. Eventually turns into switch backs, then into rock shale the last 3/4 mile. Ran into three mountan goats waiting for me on summit. I waited for them to leave, but they approached me. They came within 5 feet. Got some cool pics and vid of them stealing my hiking poles. A little over 3 1/2 miles to top. Took me 3 1/2 hours to top. Pretty fun hike, would do it again, maybe in a little bit better shape next time.
Reviewed by Daltor on 6/23/2009
Very fun and challenging hike. Bring plenty of water and prepare for an all day hike, there are no streams to get water from. Have only summited this mountain twice though tomorrow will be the third time. Get a local who knows the mountain really well and have them take you to the bear den, if they don't know where that is find someone who does. The den has been vaccent for a few years but is cood to see. Note: This is grizzly bear territory, you have been warned. Really fun hike as a couple or large group. Bring a camera, you'll want it as you are on the highest peak in Bonner County.
Reviewed by Walt on 9/2/2008
Great hike over Labor Day weekend. My friend and I hiked to the top in just over 1.5 hours. Trail is steep in beginning, but tapers out for a nice gradual climb. There are a few downed trees in trail though. After reaching the top, we even went off trail to visit the snow fields (caves) located on the north side of the mountain (tough terrain). Good pictures, awesome scenery and even saw three goats at the top. Highly recommended hike.
Reviewed by Moshan on 7/10/2008
We haven't done it yet but we r like sososososo pumped up for this partay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Omg this is like our second BIGBIGBIG hike so ya!! love ya!!!!!!! xoxo peace in the middle east!!!
Reviewed by Tom on 7/6/2008
One of my favorite hikes, I've done it 5 times now, though it's getting harder each year for me. Use to do in less than 3 hours 15 years ago now 5.5 hours. Always something different to see. Last year I swore I'd never do this hike again it's so exhausting but now I'm thinking what the hell. Road to trailhead is easy to get lost, but I seem to still find it ok. From the get go this trail goes up and it's relentless. Mileage also seems off wish someone would get it right.
Reviewed by Shane on 2/19/2008
I grew up in Clark Fork from 1979 to 1991. This used to be one of my favorite hikes in my teens. It's is a very very strenuous climb, but worth every step. I spent many a summer day on my back watching clouds drift by. The views of teh Kaniksu National Forest in every direction are unparalleled. The trail can be very loose and slippery, and it takes several hours to hike up. Fall is probably the best time of year to do it, when the temperatures cool down a bit, the trail is still dry, and the scenery is gorgeous. Look out for Moose. I nearly got killed by a bull on one climb, he dropped his antlers and charged me, when I startled him. It was my fault for not making enough noise, it was rutting season, and he had three cows with hi
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