Last Days of Summer

OK, OK, I know it’s long past summer. I just hate to admit it.  But, now that it’s dark at 5pm I guess I have to “fess up”, we are truly on the last days of summer.  Well, the last days of Indian Summer, or to be PC, I suppose the last days of “Native American Summer”.

Anyway, whatever we call it,  there are still a few days of glorious weather, wonderfull fall colors and great hiking – before the mud season kicks in.

So, get out there and enjoy them!  The Scotchmans are a great place for fall colors. From the golden Larch which line the Morris Creek Trail to the fading red blades of huckleberry bushes, hillsides are ablaze with color! One of my personal favorites is the Ross Creek Cedars.

While the towering Cedar trees bring us back there time and again, it’s the colorful and abundant understory which comes alive in autumn. From fungi galore to bright yellow Devil’s club, you will be so captured by the forest floor that you will have little time to look up at the tall trees!  Seriously.

Never been there before? Check out  the self guided hikes section on our website. You’ll be glad you did!

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Phil Hough is the Executive Director of the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness.

He has hiked the "triple crown": the Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail and the Pacific Crest trail (twice). He has also paddled the length of the Yukon river. Phil's love of wilderness guides him as he works to save the incrediblly wild Scotchman Peaks, one of the last and largest roadless places in northern Idaho and western Montana.

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  1. You’re right – we just completed the trifecta with visiting friends: Ross Creek Cedars for an appetizer, Little Joe’s for a Belt Buster, and then Kootenai Falls for dessert. Always, a great day, and never, the same.

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