A nice Washington-style "workout peak," with 3600 ft gain in a bit under 4 miles on a good trail. There are even some foul-smelling mountain goats and part of an old structure on top. 59m20 up and about 1h45 round-trip.
I had wanted to do this one for a long time and it did not disappoint. The weather and scenery were awesome.
A lot of mountain goats near the top. Decent views.
Despite an early-morning ascent and being the first person to summit that day, I passed many people during the descent.
Very nice trail by Idaho standards. A lot more people than I normally see on an Idaho peak as well. As expected, mountain goats up high- they seemed to behave pretty well (the trail was closed briefly last summer after someone was bit by a goat). The summit is not terribly high but great views up the higher Cabinet peaks in Montana and especially Lake Pend Oreille. I did carry bear spray- not sure if grizzlies frequent the area but there was a sign mentioning the possibility.
Unfortunately started late in the day, flew in to GEG at 11 a.m. so did not get started until 2:30 p.m.
A couple friendly guys were shooting skeet along the road and warned of recent bear sightings, which had me concerned about getting back to the car well before sundown.
Beautiful hike, but when I got to the top of the clearing where the snow led to some post-holing and route-finding and saw the time was 4:30, I chose to turn back.
At the trailhead, I saw two guys heading up at 6:15, hoping to summit. I wonder if they made it.
Bummed to not have summited, but the views of the lake were worth it nevertheless!
Took Scotchman Peak Trail. Several mountain goats on summit looking for salt. Smoky day, views were somewhat obscured.
Climbed this with my two oldest (11 and 8), and a friend. The smoke had finally cleared off today so we had some great views. About three hours up and one and a half down. No goats but saw two moose on the way down.
Stopped in real quick on my way home from the Bonners Ferry area. It was pouring rain at the trail head, and a blinding blizzard at the top! Followed the trail up to about 5500 ft. where the snow took over and the trail was lost. Postholed the last 1500 feet straight up to the ridge and on to the summit through some nasty shin deep breakable crust from the recent weather. Pretty easy 3.5 hr. RT but an excellent mountain that I definitely want to revisit and actually get to see the awesome views that I've only heard about. Made it back to Missoula in time for the Stanley Cup Final!
Very beautiful, even though we got socked in at the top -- cool rocks up there. Two goats on the summit. The bottom portion of this trail is a real calf burner!
Continuing my streak of at least one top Idaho prominence peak per year. Beautiful blue sunny day albeit a little hot. Around 20 people on the summit today.
We hiked up Scotchman Peak in a snowstorm. Then I wrote about it. http://jakedouville.com/blog/?p=204
Looks like a nice peak based on the pictures. I wouldn't know since I didn't see much of it inside of the cloud I was in.
Top third of the mountain still covered in snow, but snow conditions were perfect. No goats this time. The weather was cloudy and windy with summit temperature at 38 F.
Being new to climbing in 2007, we had read how hard a hike this was and made it our last trip of the year. After hiking all year we found this trip a great one to end the season. The views were good with only minor smoke haze from some fires in Washington. Didn't get to see any goats, maybe next time.
Love the mountain goats, first highpoint I've ever been to.
This is the first peak I ever climbed and it made me love mountains. It was the starting point of my whole climbing career.
With my buddy Bill from Spokane. Not really my birthday but nicely sandwiched in between mine and his 40th birthdays by a couple days. Surprised it only took about an hour and a half with as much elevation gain as there is. Great views in all directions. As we were chatting with some other hikers, a goat came up behind us and circled the 4 of us within about 3 feet, I guess looking for salty urine. He dug around the rocks and licked at something. Had a good beer and an excellent calamari sandwich at Eichardt's in Sandpoint afterwards -- highly recommended.
Beautiful Day. Great Views. No goat(s) today.
Climbed with Teri. Muddy road provided thrills and spills on mountain bikes. Ditched bikes at TH and ran into solid snow about halfway up the ridge. Great postholing fun up to our necks on the way down LOL.
A little hungover in the morning but once we got moving, no problems. It was a steep and tiring climb but lots of fun. The views from the top were awesome. Lake Pend Oreille is amazing and it was awesome to see from the summit.