Hiking Schedule

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The Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness is proud to present our hike series.  Winter and summer, we have a hike for everyone, from easy family hikes to overnight trips for experienced bushwhackers (We also have a selection of snowshoes and hiking poles to lend). Come join us for one of our organized hikes and see first hand why the Scotchmans deserve the protection of wilderness designation.

Group size is limited and registration is required. RetreatFromStarPeak copy

Please Note:  On occasion circumstances force us to change our schedule.  If you intend on joining us for any of these volunteer led Group Hikes, be SURE to sign up in advance and also re-confirm with the hike leader a day or so before the hike in case of any unavoidable last minute changes.

Interested in leading a guided hike?  View our “Leading Hikes” Page for more information, or go to our “Hike Leader – Hike Submission Form” and send us your idea for leading a hike with us!

A map with a key that references the trail heads is at the bottom of this page.

Be sure to check out our Scotchman Peaks Education Series hikes and special stewardship projects !

Please note the Difficulty Rating of each hike and choose hikes within your personal physical limits. Space is limited, so be sure to sign up early!
Apr
Saturday
19
2014

Goat Mountain Hop II

Rating: Strenuous

We’ll let the Goat Mountain Hop 1 gang break trail and follow-up with an April hike to enjoy the snowpack and beauty of this amazing area. A 4000′ gain with a 7 mile roundtrip keeps [» Read More...]


Apr
Saturday
26
2014

Scotchman Peak Snow Bound

Rating: Strenuous

Snowshoe, ski, or snowboard the tallest peak in the Scotchman’s.  This is the 9th annual Scotchman Peaks winter hike.  Generally, the trailhead is inaccessable this time of year, adding 2.5 miles each way and 500ft [» Read More...]


May
Sunday
11
2014

North Idaho Tree Identification Walk

Rating: Easy

It is spring!  What better way to ease into our summer hike season than with a breezey stroll through the woods to marvel at north Idaho’s amazing dendrological diversity. The hike leader will identify nearly [» Read More...]


Jun
Saturday
07
2014

Star Peak Historic Trail Work Day

Rating: Strenuous

This is National Trails Day! Join us for a work day on the Historic Star (nee Squaw) Peak trail on the southern edge of the proposed Scotchman Peaks Wilderness. We will hike two-and-a-half miles to [» Read More...]


Jun
Saturday
14
2014

Basic Field Botany and Wildflowers

Rating: Easy to Moderate

Come out with us as we boil down the principles of dendrology,  plant taxonomy and identification to a science based basic course for the naturalist and citizen scientist.  We will take a practical approach to [» Read More...]


Jun
Saturday
21
2014

Spar Peak Elevation and Evolution

Rating: Moderate

Trail will climb steadily through various forest types. Learn about these vegetative communities as we progress toward the ‘thumb’ of Spar Peak to take in expansive vistas of the Scotchman Peaks interior valleys and peaks. [» Read More...]


Jun
Sunday
22
2014

Star Peak Long Light Hike

Rating: Strenuous

Climb the iconic lookout mountain of the Southern Cabinets, Star Peak, and visit a 1950′s vintage lookout cabin as well as the first lookout shelter on the Forest, built ca 1910 by Gordon Granville, first [» Read More...]


Jul
Saturday
12
2014

FSPW / MWA Cabinet Wilderness Hike

Rating: Moderate

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act appropriately with a Cabinet Mountain Wilderness Hike! The most likely candidate for destination at this time is St. Paul Lake. Enjoy the scenic views of Bald Eagle, [» Read More...]


Jul
Tuesday
22
2014

Bee Top Mountain

Rating: Strenuous

This hike will provide wonderful views of  Goat Mtn, Scotchman Pk and Scotchman Pk #2. It ascends (steeply) until branching off toward the remains of the old lookout on Bee Top, perched precipitously above Lightning [» Read More...]


Aug
Tuesday
05
2014

Scotchman Pk., via SE ridge

Rating: Strenuous

This beauty starts with about 1/2 mile of really nasty bushwhacking, but that gets us to the SE ridge. Thence it is mostly nice elk trails up the ridge. Outstanding views of the W. Fk. [» Read More...]


Aug
Sunday
10
2014

Star Peak Full Moon Traverse

Rating: Strenuous

Join the wild critters in the Scotchman’s for a howl at the moon! Timed during a full moon, join us on a traverse of the Southern Scotchman’s as we travel from the Bull River Valley [» Read More...]


Aug
Wednesday
20
2014

Scotchman Peaks Double Dip

Rating: Difficult - Experienced hikers only

Take a walk up the Blue Creek Canyon, a tradition begun 98 years ago on August 20, 1916 by the hike leader’s maternal grandfather.One big day, two big mountains; the two southernmost in the Compton [» Read More...]


Aug
Saturday
23
2014

Mystery Mud Creek Hike

Rating: Moderate

The newly “reclaimed” Mud Creek (totally inappropriate name) trail heads up to a lovely ridge to the east of Lightning Creek. There are several creeks & springs along the trail with at least one beautiful [» Read More...]


Sep
Saturday
13
2014

South Fork Ross Creek Falls

Rating: Moderate

Hike through the Ross Creek Cedar Grove and past to the Ross Creek Falls in the upper reaches of the South Fork of Ross Creek. A lovely hike through old growth and a cool way [» Read More...]


Oct
Saturday
04
2014

Scotchman Peak

Rating: Strenuous

This is the classic hike up the namesake peak for our proposed wilderness. It’s short but steep, 4 miles one way, 8 round trip with an elevation gain of 3,800 feet. We will go at [» Read More...]


Oct
Saturday
11
2014

Reading Maps, Compass, Tracks and Sign

Rating: Moderate

10 am MTN Time ( 9am PAC Time) to 5 pm MTN Time (4pm PAC Time).  Join us for a basic orienteering class with emphasis on traditional methods of utilizing a Silva Ranger Compass and [» Read More...]