Hikes & Events Schedule

Check out our upcoming guided hikes, trail projects, and events!

Guided hikes

We offer free group hikes in the Scotchmans all winter and summer long! We have hikes for all abilities–from easy family hikes to off trail bushwhack adventures. All hikes are led by volunteers. If you’d like to help get folks out into the Scotchmans, sign-up to lead a hike. 

Trail Projects 

Each summer, we restore trails in the Scotchmans so that people can continue to explore our wild backyard. We use crosscut saws, Pulaski’s, shovels, and teamwork to care for the trail. Join us for a trail project day to give back to the trails you love. 

Events

We host events all year long throughout Idaho and Montana to build community around a love for the outdoors. Family fun in the summer, a film festivals in the winter, and a silent auction in the fall are just a few of the events you can look forward to. To stay up-to-date on events, subscribe to our email list.

May
Saturday
15
2021

hike: Goat Mountain Hike

Contact:Rebecca Sanchez
Method: rebeccak.schweitzer@gmail.com   

This challenging hike will have us gaining 4,000 ± feet in about 3 miles. Along the way, there are several beautiful views of the Clark Fork Valley and Lake Pend Oreille. Nearing the summit, Scotchman Peak makes quite the appearance. This is a rewarding trail for the resilient hiker. We will meet at the Goat Mountain Trailhead #135 at 9AM …

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May
Friday
21
2021

event: Trail Project Day: Goat Mountain

Contact:Henry Jorden
Method:henry@scotchmanpeaks.org   

Repair tread, add switchbacks, install drainage features, and more on the first 2 miles of the Goat Mountain trail (trail#135). Share this Page

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May
Friday
21
2021

hike: Ross Creek Cedars Hike

Contact:Juli Thurston
Method: thurstonjuli@gmail.com   

Start out at the well know Ross Creek Cedars then hike into the backcountry down trail #142 and #321. We will meet at the trailhead at 10:00 am Mountain Time. Share this Page

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May
Monday
24
2021

hike: Blacktail Creek Trail Hike

Contact:Juli Thurston
Method:thurstonjuli@gmail.com   

This trail may look like it leads nowhere, but its a great out and back 4 mile hike for anyone with a little time to take a trip into the wild Scotchmans. The trail is well-maintained and some nice views make it worth the work. We will meet at the trailhead at 11am Mountain Time.  Share this Page

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May
Monday
24
2021

hike: Delyle Ridge Moonrise Hike

Contact:Marita McDaniel
Method:mcdaniel@blackfoot.net   

Come join us for this fun, adventurous evening hike to a collapsed fire lookout, to hopefully watch the sunset, stars, and the moonrise over the Scotchmans. Easy to moderate hike, just over 3 miles out and back, with a ~700′ elevation gain during the last part of the trail. Depending on the weather, we may need snowshoes and add a …

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May
Friday
28
2021

event: Trail Project Day: Scotchman Peak

Contact:Henry Jorden
Method:henry@scotchmanpeaks.org   

Clearing downed trees, tread repair, reducing user created shortcuts, and improving water vars along the first 2 miles of the Scotchman Peak trail (trail #65). Share this Page

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Jun
Friday
04
2021

event: Trail Project Day: Star Peak

Contact:Henry Jorden
Method:henry@scotchmanpeaks.org   

FSPW will participate in the Kootenai National Forest’s “Adopt a Trail” program. We will be providing tool skills training day plus working on clearing trees on lower slopes, brushing, and tread repair. This is the day before National Trails Day, let’s start celebrating early! Share this Page

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Jun
Tuesday
08
2021

hike: Spruce Lake Hike

Contact:Pat McLeod
Method: pat.mcleod48@gmail.com   

Hike approx. 5 miles up an old logging road with two small creek crossings. Expect to see wonderful views of snow capped mountains peaks and wild flowers in bloom. Our destination is the smaller lake to the east of the main Spruce Lake. We will meet at the trailhead at 9:00 AM Mountain Time. Share this Page

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Jun
Saturday
12
2021

event: Trail Project Day: Goat Mountain

Contact:Henry Jorden
Method:henry@scotchmanpeaks.org   

Tread repair on the first 2 miles, adding switchbacks, and installing drainage features on the Goat Mountain trail (trail#135). Share this Page

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Jun
Sunday
13
2021

event: Family Fun in the Forest

Contact:Phil Hough
Method:phil@scotchmanpeaks.org   

Sponsored by Sandpoint Parks and Recreation and Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, join us for Family Fun in the Forest. You can expect games and hands-on educational opportunities about the outdoors. Test your knowledge of plant and tree identification, learn about wildland critters through hands-on encounters with skulls, antlers, fur pelts, and so much more! Festivities will run from 2pm-4pm …

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Jun
Saturday
19
2021

event: Trail Project Day: Scotchman Peak

Contact:Henry Jorden
Method:henry@scotchmanpeaks.org   

Break a sweat to protect the trails you love. Plus, share a fun day outside with fellow Friends of our wild backyard.  You’ll help to clear downed trees, repair tread, remove waterbars, and reduce user created shortcuts on the trail.  Wear sturdy boots, carry lots of water, pack lunch and lots of snacks, dress in long pants, long shirt, hat, …

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Jun
Saturday
26
2021

event: Trail Project Day: Star Peak

Contact:Henry Jorden
Method:henry@scotchmanpeaks.org   

Break a sweat to protect the trails you love. Plus, share a fun day outside with fellow Friends of our wild backyard.  You’ll help to clear downed trees, repair tread, remove waterbars, and reduce user created shortcuts on all 5 miles of the trail.  Wear sturdy boots, carry lots of water, pack lunch and lots of snacks, dress in long …

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Jun
Sunday
27
2021

event: Family Fun in The Forest

Contact:Phil Hough
Method:phil@scotchmanpeaks.org   

Sponsored by Sandpoint Parks and Recreation and Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, join us for Family Fun in the Forest. You can expect games and hands-on educational opportunities about the outdoors. Test your knowledge of plant and tree identification, learn about wildland critters through hands-on encounters with skulls, antlers, fur pelts, and so much more! Festivities will run from 2pm-4pm. Share …

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Jul
Sunday
11
2021

hike: Family Fun in the Forest: Hike to Ross Creek Cedars

Contact:Henry Jorden
Method:henry@scotchmanpeaks.org   

All ages and all abilities are welcome for a Family Fun in the Forest Hike to Ross Creek Cedars. We will begin at the nature trail and learn about the HUGE cedar trees found in this special spot. Please bring water and a snack. The surface is flat and the distance is less than a mile. We will meet at …

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Jul
Fri - Sat
16 - 17
2021

event: Trail Project Overnight: Star & Napoleon Gulch

Contact:Henry Jorden
Method:Henry@scotchmanpeaks.org   

Break a sweat to protect the trails you love. Plus, share a fun weekend outside with fellow Friends of our wild backyard.  You’ll help to clear downed trees, repair tread, remove waterbars, and reduce user created shortcuts on the trail.  Wear sturdy boots, carry lots of water, pack lunch and lots of snacks, dress in long pants, long shirt, hat, …

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Jul
Sunday
18
2021

hike: Spar Peak Hike

Contact:Juli Thurston
Method: thurstonjuli@gmail.com   

A steady 6 mile out and back climb through various life zones brings one to the monolithic “thumb” of Spar Peak, with expansive views of the Scotchman Peaks interior valleys and peaks. We will meet at the Trailhead at 10:00 am Mountain Time. Share this Page

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Jul
Sunday
25
2021

event: Trail Project Day: Ross Creek

Contact:Henry Jorden
Method:henry@scotchmanpeaks.org   

Break a sweat to protect the trails you love. Plus, share a fun day outside with fellow Friends of our wild backyard.  You’ll help to clear downed trees, repair tread, remove waterbars, and reduce user created shortcuts on the trail.  Wear sturdy boots, carry lots of water, pack lunch and lots of snacks, dress in long pants, long shirt, hat, …

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Jul
Friday
30
2021

event: Trail Project Day: Star & Napoleon Gulch

Contact:Henry Jorden
Method:henry@scotchmanpeaks.org   

Break a sweat to protect the trails you love. Plus, share a fun day outside with fellow Friends of our wild backyard.  You’ll help to clear downed trees, repair tread, remove waterbars, and reduce user created shortcuts on the trail.  Wear sturdy boots, carry lots of water, pack lunch and lots of snacks, dress in long pants, long shirt, hat, …

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Aug
Tuesday
03
2021

hike: Little Spar Lake Hike

Contact:Juli Thurston
Method: thurstonjuli@gmail.com   

Hike 8 miles out at back through the lush Spar Creek Canyon, a fine example of the interior rain forest, to sparkling green Little Spar Lake. We will meet at the trailhead at 10:00 Am Mountain Time. Share this Page

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Aug
Saturday
07
2021

event: Trail Project Day: Star Peak

Contact:Henry Jorden
Method:henry@scotchmanpeaks.org   

Break a sweat to protect the trails you love. Plus, share a fun day outside with fellow Friends of our wild backyard.  You’ll help to clear downed trees, repair tread, remove waterbars, and reduce user created shortcuts on the trail.  Wear sturdy boots, carry lots of water, pack lunch and lots of snacks, dress in long pants, long shirt, hat, …

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Aug
Sat - Sun
21 - 22
2021

event: Trail Project Overnight: Morris Creek

Contact:Henry Jorden
Method:henry@scotchmanepaks.org   

Break a sweat to protect the trails you love. Plus, share a fun weekend outside with fellow Friends of our wild backyard.  You’ll help to clear downed trees, repair tread, remove waterbars, and reduce user created shortcuts on the trail.  Wear sturdy boots, carry lots of water, pack lunch and lots of snacks, dress in long pants, long shirt, hat, …

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Aug
Friday
27
2021

event: Trail Project Day: Morris Creek

Contact:Henry Jorden
Method:henry@scotchmanpeaks.org   

Break a sweat to protect the trails you love. Plus, share a fun day outside with fellow Friends of our wild backyard.  You’ll help to clear downed trees, repair tread, remove waterbars, and reduce user created shortcuts on the trail.  Wear sturdy boots, carry lots of water, pack lunch and lots of snacks, dress in long pants, long shirt, hat, …

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Sep
Friday
10
2021

hike: East Fork Peak Hike

Contact:Preston Andrews
Method: prestonkandrews@gmail.com   

Climb 3200’ in just under 4 miles to the summit of East Fork Peak, smack dab on the Idaho-Montana border, for awesome views of Savage Mountain and Scotchman No. 2. This late summer hike is planned in order to safely negotiate the ford of East Fork Creek when it’s near its lowest flow. The rest of the hike is dry …

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Sep
Saturday
25
2021

event: Trail Project Day: Goat Mountain

Contact:Henry Jorden
Method:henry@scotchmanpeaks.org   

Break a sweat to protect the trails you love. Plus, share a fun day outside with fellow Friends of our wild backyard.  You’ll help to clear downed trees, repair tread, remove waterbars, and reduce user created shortcuts on the trail.  Wear sturdy boots, carry lots of water, pack lunch and lots of snacks, dress in long pants, long shirt, hat, …

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Oct
Sunday
10
2021

hike: Scotchman Peak Hike

Contact:Phil Hough
Method:phil@scotchmanpeaks.org   

Deb and Phil’s annual fall hike up Scotchman Peak. We will go slow so everyone can go. 8 miles round trip, 3800 foot elevation gain. We will meet at the trailhead at 9:00 AM Mountain Time. Share this Page

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