Scotchman Peaks offers summer adventures aplenty

The beautiful thing about our wild backyard is that there’s something for everyone. Here at Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, we’re thinking about all the ways to enjoy our wildlife and wild lands. And believe us, there’s no shortage of fun to be had in that clean air and clean water.

Just ask FSPW supporter Rebecca Sanchez. She lives here because she wants her kids — Jaslynne, Immanuel and Annalyse — to know the wonder of nature. One thing’s for sure: They’ve learned that lesson in spades while hiking.

“If I were to say something about our experiences hiking, it would be that I appreciate how the mountains bring my kids to life,” said Rebecca. “Here they are free to roam, explore nature and help one another reach new heights. It’s rewarding to see them develop a love for the outdoors.”

What could be more iconic than Goat Mountain Trail #135? For experienced hikers seeking a challenge, it’s one of North Idaho’s best options. Now remember: This trail is no joke. Known as “the steepest trial in Idaho,” the path up Goat Mountain gains 4,000 feet over three miles. That’s enough to have even strong hikers huffing and puffing. And with no available water source, you’ll want to make sure you have plenty in your pack.

For a more relaxed experience, look no further than Ross Creek Cedars. There’s no more beautiful way to beat the summer heat than under the towering cedars. Just as impressive is the peace and quiet. The Ross Creek Cedars prove that finding your wild place isn’t just about challenge and daring. It’s also about inner calm.

In fact, there are hiking opportunities in the Scotchmans to suit every mood and ability level. Check out the FSPW hiking schedule to find one right for you. Or learn how you can get started on your own self-guided hikes here.

No doubt about it, nature is an inspiration. Many who love the wild Scotchmans pour that inspiration into their art. The Extreme Plein Air Art Show is the perfect fusion of those two passions. Held in June in Thompson Falls, the art show highlights local artists’ Scotchman-inspired work. They explained what it’s like to find their inspiration — and their wild place — in the mountains and streams of Scotchman Peaks.

That barely scratches the surface of what the Scotchmans have to offer. For more ideas, visit

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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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