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Scotchman Peak the "grand daddy" of hikes in North Idaho

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Posted: June 06th, 2013

Scotchman Peak/Selkirk

Scotchman Peak hikingDeemed the “grand-daddy” of hikes in North Idaho, Scotchman Peak is considered a rite of passage for visiting and local hikers. The ascent is strenuous and steep, stretching four miles one way and gaining 3,700 feet in elevation. The well-known trail is usually in good condition and leads to Scotchman Peak, the highest point in Bonner County. The hike is noted for its tremendous views of Lake Pend Oreille, and the surrounding peaks and wilderness. Due to snow, the trail is not usually opened until mid summer. 

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The Friends of Scotchman Peak do recommend bringing the following materials, as well as directions to the hiking area:

Scothman PeakIf you go:  Bring good boots or trail shoes and plenty of water, as the route is “dry” with no definitive water source.  Snacks or lunch, layers of extra clothing and rain gear are always advisable in the mountains. You will appreciate good binoculars and a camera. 

Driving Directions to the Trail head:  Take Highway 200 (east from Sandpoint) and in downtown Clark Fork turn north at the Chevron Station.  Go past the school and continue up Mosquito Creek Road #276.  Go past the Clark Fork Field Campus / outfitters to the junction of Road #2294.  Turn right and go a little over a mile.  Watch for signs for trail #65. Turn left on road 2294A and turn left.  Follow this a little over a mile to where the road ends at the trail head. Look up.

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