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cmc56789Scotchman Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2006


I did this one on my way to Glacier National Park. I started late in the day after driving nine hours from Portland. Saw a moose on the way to the TH. I made it to the top in time to see a nice sunset and views which were partially obstructed by multiple wildfires. The goats were also neat to see.
Posted Sep 17, 2006 8:39 am

dludersWondrous Day with 3 Mountain Goats!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2006


I solo-climbed this fabulous mountain after an 11-year absence. The views were spectacular on this cool, September day. Near the summit, I spotted 3 Mountain Goats about 150 yards distant. After I had spent 45 minutes on the summit, one of the goats (a large male) followed my path and joined me on the summit! He was only 10 feet away! I feel fortunate to have witnessed three of Nature's magnificant wild creates in such a special setting.

Since I'm 49 years old (in OK hiking shape), it took me 3-1/2 hours to climb up and 1-3/4 hours to get down. I highly recommend bringing trekking poles and a gallon of water. Once past the treeline, keep quiet and look around on the ridges for the Scotchman Peak goats!
Posted Sep 2, 2006 3:52 pm

nebbenRoute Climbed: standard trail Date Climbed: June 5, 2004  Sucess!


I saw fresh bear tracks in the parking mud-bath (very rainy for several days before) when I arrived. Only two other people on the trail up higher. Low visibility once I reached around 6000 feet, then I saw a local goat. Very cool. The clouds broke for moments while I was on top. Heavenly views!
Posted Sep 25, 2005 11:40 am

SaintgrizzlyRoute Climbed: Trail 65 (standard route) Date Climbed: September 14, 2005  Sucess!


My first Idaho summit! Very nice area, with a good view to the east of the Montana Cabinets (with lots of snow on them from the recent storm that signaled the beginning of--hopefully--Indian Summer). Especially enjoyed this one because climbed with Fred Spicker on his first outing after major shoulder surgery had him sidelined all summer. After months of physical therapy and no climbing: what a wonderful feeling it must be to get out!

Not much wildlife this trip, though, just Fred and the mountain goat.
Posted Sep 15, 2005 2:30 pm

diceyRoute Climbed: standard Date Climbed: 8-27-05  Sucess!
Sunny and hot with a cool breeze at the summit. Didn't see any goats or bears.
Posted Aug 29, 2005 10:51 pm

supreme744Route Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: June 15th, 2005  Sucess!


Always a great hike up to the peak. Went for this one to nab a TerraCache (terracaching.com) that rests near the summit. No goats today, but they have been very freindly in the past. I've also climbed Scotchman 2 in the recent past and considering adding the peak to our list.
Posted Jul 6, 2005 12:47 pm

MoniRoute Climbed: Trail 65 Date Climbed: 2 July 2005  Sucess!


With Phoebe Duke.

We purposely picked a partially coudy, cool day and got our wish. Clouds high enough to not obstruct the great views, but not stiflingly hot on the hike. However, it was very windy and cold on the summit. Several other hikers who were wearing only shorts and tank tops and carrying almost nothing else did not make the summit. I think many underestimate the climate change that can happen between 3300 and 7000 feet!

I didn't believe the route description about how fast one can ascend 3700 feet, but without trying we were on the summit 2h40m from the car. Took it slow going down - 5 hour car to car total with some longer break stops to soak up some sun and the views.

This is a good time to do this hike - the flowers are in bloom and add to the beauty of the area.
Posted Jul 3, 2005 11:07 am

dludersRoute Climbed: Standard trail from the south Date Climbed: August, 1995  Sucess!


I day-hiked this trail alone one Saturday, and must say that it's a "ball-buster." The trail climbs mercilessly upwards from the start. I passed a meadow full of huckleberries, but there were no bears in sight (luckily). I passed two hikers on the way up, and saw a dad with his young son struggling to make it to the summit.

This hike is not for kids. The views are spectacular, but if you fall off the sharp dropoff north of the summit, you're done for.

I hope to climb this again before I get too old.
Posted May 23, 2005 3:00 pm

IdahoSummitsRoute Climbed: The trail Date Climbed: July 9th, 2004  Sucess!


As Dean stated in the trip report, I saw a black bear about 10 minutes into the hike. The area was hazy from some Washington forest fires and the summit goat was not to be found, but otherwise it was a good day. Each of the 5 people I saw on the trail were either packing a gun or bear spray.
Posted Oct 21, 2004 8:22 pm

Bob BoltonRoute Climbed: Scotchman Peak Trail Date Climbed: August 28, 2004  Sucess!

Bob Bolton

See Dean's entry below. Great hike, but the views would have been much better without the clouds.
Posted Oct 21, 2004 1:44 am

Martin CashRoute Climbed: Southwest Side Date Climbed: December 2002  Sucess!

Martin Cash

The trailhead was snowed in about 1 mile from the end. Soloed this route in approximately 12.5 hours car to car in deep powdery snow conditions with snowshoes. Took a look at the West Face on the way up. Looks like a really nice steep winter mixed climb. A nice view of the lake to the south from the top. Good times.
Posted Oct 21, 2004 12:50 am

montanaboyRoute Climbed: Scotchman Peak trail Date Climbed: August 21, 2004  Sucess!


While talking with two gals on top, I had my back turned to my open backpack sitting on the ground some distance behind me. Turned around to see the one horned summit goat inching toward my pack with my food in it. Goat get away from my food! The goat was quite annoyed with me for forcing it to retreat.

Posted Oct 21, 2004 12:49 am

dkantolaRoute Climbed: Scotchman Peak Trail Date Climbed: July 5, 2002  Sucess!


Great views of Pend O'Reille Lake and the Montana Cabinets from the summit. The summit goat was in residence.
Posted Oct 20, 2004 9:23 pm

DeanRoute Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: August 28, 2004  Sucess!


Bob Bolton and I climbed (hiked) this neat peak in rainy and foggy conditions. The trail is a steep one but enjoyable although I know I'll have to return on a day when the weather is better and there are better views than what we were able to see. Still, it was a fun hike.
Posted Oct 20, 2004 9:20 am

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