Low snow doesn’t stop the winter hikes

Freinds of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness 2010 Winter Hike Series continues to draw hiking enthusiasts in spite of the low snow pack. Volunteer hike leader Judy Hutchins took half-a-dozen folks on a 7.7-mile, low-altitude walk around Fatman Mountain at the south edge of the wilderness on Saturday, Feb. 6, and reported that a good time was had by all.

The lack of snowpack in the lower elevations has been a deterrent to snowshoes and skis, but folks headed for higher elevations have hauled their snowshoes and found some excellent ‘shoeing up higher.

More to come! Look under the “Hikes” tab at the top of the page.

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Sandy Compton has been program coordinator for Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness since 2009. He is also a storyteller and author of both fiction and non-fiction books, and the publisher at bluecreekpress.com.

In addition to his other duties, he runs the FSPW All Star Trail Team (www.scotchmanpeaks.org/trails), which works on Forest Service trails in the Scotchman Peaks. He is a trail surveyor as well, and a C-Certified Crosscut Bucker/Feller and USFS National Saw Policy OHLEC instructor.

Sandy grew up on a small farm/woodlot at the south end of the proposed wilderness and lives there still. He is also board member of the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance and a planning team member for the Northern Rockies Wilderness Skills Institute.

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