Snow Falling, Hike Leaders Calling

Clouds outside my window these last several days suggest snow has been  falling softly on the Scotchmans.  The reality is probably that the wind is whipping the snow into a blinding white-out fury on the peaks! Meanwhile the valley bottoms are likely receiving rain.  But you get the idea – winter is on the way.  The Cascade Crest in Western Washington got 3 feet of snow this weekend, Lookout Pass opens this weekend and the forcast, locally, is  for snow even in the valley bottoms later this week.  Our snow is on the way!

Winter is one of my favorite times in the Scotchmans. Not that I don’t appreciate a warm summer day, the rebirth of spring, or fall colors, but cold, crisp, clear winter days are hard to beat! You are guaranteed solitude and views all the way to forever.  Unless, of course, you are along on an organized hike, then solitude will be relative, though the views will remain the same.

We are just now staring to put together our winter hikes program.  And, as always, we are looking for hike leaders.  If you have led a hike before, we hope you found it rewarding and will do so again. If you have wanted to lead a hike but weren’t sure how to go about it, now is your chance!

If you are interested in leading a hike, you can now go to our website for details about how to sign up to lead one! Just click on the link below or paste it into your web browser:

Sandy Compton will be coordinating our schedule and would appreciate hearing from you. If you have any questions or want to discuss any details you can email Sandy at  or you may call him at 208-290-1281.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

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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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