Discover a winter wonderland

There’s nothing like the wintertime view from the top of Scotchman Peak. This winter, we hope more people will experience that sight. And we need your help to do it. 

Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness is looking for hike leaders who love their wild backyard. After all, what better way to show that love than share it with others? Guiding a hike is a great way to connect both with nature and your fellow nature lovers. It’s also more evidence why saving the wild Scotchmans is so important. 

Hikes don’t have to be on Scotchman Peak. There are a lot of areas to explore in the Scotchman in the winter. There are other gnarly outings like Goat Mountain, and strolls like up Lightning Creek after the plows stop. And don’t forget the beautiful view on the way to the Ross Creek Cedars.

What does it take to lead a hike? Just a little experience and a passion for wild places. Leaders should be capable of leading people safely in the outdoors and be familiar with the trails. Leaders should also plan ahead some. Submitting hikes well in advance of the intended hike date is key to recruiting participants. Bonus: If you get your Winter hike submitted before the end of October, it will make our upcoming newsletter! 

Keep in mind there are size limits to FSPW hikes and outdoor education field trips. The maximum people (including hike leaders) is either 8 or 12, depending on the trail. This keeps the groups small enough that they are manageable and have less impact on the trails.

If your hike idea isn’t in the Scotchmans, email us. We’ll work out the details with you. We love ideas for exploring nature that are accessible to children and adults of all abilities.

Get a handle on hike leader responsibilities by reading the leader packet. You’ll also be able to fill out information about the hike you have in mind. 

Volunteer hike leaders are key to keeping this program going and keeping it free to the public. There’s a wild world of wonder out there. You can’t do much better than sharing it with others. Submit your hike idea today.

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About The Author:

Cameron Rasmusson is a writer and journalist who grew up in Scotchmans territory. While he now calls Sandpoint home, he spent his formative years in the natural beauty of Libby, Montana. From elementary to high school, he enjoyed the outdoor experiences that mountain towns provide.

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