Self Guided Hikes: Scotchman Peaks Trail #65

This section contains information on several self-guided hikes into the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Area, so that if you are not able to join one of the scheduled Guided Hikes you will still be able to enjoy this beautiful scenic roadless area.

If you have questions before you go on any of these hikes, please send email to but be sure to ask several days in advance so that we have time to answer your question.

Scotchman Peaks Trail #65

This is the “grand-daddy” of hikes in the proposed wilderness, an annual pilgrimage for many local hikers. The trail is a little over 4 miles one-way, but the elevation gain is 3,700 feet. This is a short climb, but strenuous because it is steep.  The well worn trail tread is usually in good shape and leads to the highest point in Bonner County, the top of Scotchman Peak.  Stunning panoramas of Lake Pend Oreille begin at “the meadows”, about two thirds of the way up and they continue to unfold as you reach the summit.  The peak looks over, and deep into, the rugged valleys and ridges of the Scotchman Peaks area.  Mountain goats are frequently encountered on the surrounding ridges and near the summit.  Snow lingers late into the summer of most years.

If you go:  Bring good boots or trail shoes and plenty of water, as the route is “dry” with no definitive water source.  Snacks or lunch, layers of extra clothing and rain gear are always advisable in the mountains. You will appreciate good binoculars and a camera.

Driving Directions to the Trail head:  Take Highway 200 (east from Sandpoint) and in downtown Clark Fork turn north at the Chevron Station.  Go past the school and continue up Mosquito Creek Road #276 to the junction of Road #2295.  Turn right and go a little over a mile.  Watch for signs for Trail #65. Turn left on road 2294.  Turn left next on 2294A. Follow this a little over a mile to where the road ends at the trailhead.  Look Up

Map of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness

High quality maps are available!

The Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, with support from the Idaho Conservation League, has produced a high quality hiking map for the Scotchman Peaks area.

This full-color, shaded relief, topographic map shows maintained trails and trail head access routes on one side. The other side of the map has information designed to inspire as well as assist in trip planning.

You can pick up your FREE copy at many locations throughout our communities, including those retail businesses who sell our t-shirts and other merchandise, forest service ranger district offices, chamber of congresses, or at an upcoming Friends of Scotchman Peaks event.

Please see our Store Page or our Maps Page for a list of local retailers where you can find our Maps and other merchandise.

High Resolution downloadable copies of the Map only are also available on our Maps Page.