Scotchman Peaks Trail #65

SCOTCHMAN PEAK TRAIL #65

Mileage: 8 miles (4 miles one way)

Elevation Gain: 3,700 feet 

Difficulty: Hard

Major Hike Features: Iconic: That’s the only word for Scotchman Peak Trail #65. The trail takes you to the highest point in Bonner County, where Lake Pend Oreille, the Clark Fork Valley and the Selkirk Mountain Range unfolds before your eyes. You will almost certainly see mountain goats along the trail. Make sure to keep your distance from these curious animals – they are wild and can be dangerous.

Just remember to come prepared. You’ll want to bring:

  • Plenty of water. There is no water along the trail and the first two miles is on a mostly exposed and sunny slope. 
  • Hiking Poles. The trial is steep with loose rock. 
  • A map. The trail can be hard to find sometimes. 
  • Long pants. Overgrown brush, downed trees, can be abundant in early summer before our volunteer trail crew clears the path. 
  • A trowel to do your business and a bag for your trash. There is not bathroom at the trailhead so you’ll have to bury your business and pack out your toilet paper. 

Directions to Trailhead: In Clark Fork, ID, 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. 

GPS Coordinates: 48.164151, -116.098551

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