Tuesday Trail Talk

We have a great booth at the Bonner County Fair this year AND have the most giveaways (if you don’t count all that Smoky Bear stuff down the aisle). I just had a personal experience touring the booths with a young lady who was able to find “free” easier than a bear finding huckleberries.

The Star Peak Trail is finished (for the year) and what a year it has been. We have completed about 1½ miles of tread. If you are looking for a short hike, come on out and critique our trail. Contact trails@scotchmanpeaks.org for specific directions. Then let us know how much you love it, because you definitely will.

There will be an opportunity to work on the Blacktail Creek Trail, as well as some weed management on Pillick Ridge this fall, but we have not yet picked a date. We will let you know as soon as we know. And yes, you can fight the weed war in the fall.

If you want to hike our namesake Scotchman Peak with Phil Hough and Deb Hunsicker on September 23rd, contact phil@scotchmanpeaks.org . I have it on good authority that if you haven’t hiked up Scotchman Peak, you have missed an experience that should be on your bucket list.

National Public Lands Day is September 29th. There will be volunteers in all fifty states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories getting their hands dirty doing trail building, restoration, and a multitude of other activities. We are joining in by working on the Morris Creek Trail. Not only is this a great chance to give back to our public lands, but you also have the chance for a great workout at the same time! Contact trails@scotchmanpeaks.org for more information.

Artists will be glad to know that the Plein Air Paint-out is back again this fall. What is Plein Air? It simply means painting in the outdoors, which was once a very radical notion. Plein Air is now popular with many artists and the Paint-out is an opportunity to see – and paint – some of our beautiful country. The dates are October 5th to 7th. If you are interested in participating, contact sandy@scotchmanpeaks.org. If you have artistic friends, let them know about the opportunity.

See you on the trail!

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