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Scotchman Peak #65

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 4.5 (2)

Popular steep hike with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and lake; summit frequented by mountain goats.


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Map Key

4.1

Miles

6.7

KM

Point to Point

6,872' 2,094 m

High

3,337' 1,017 m

Low

3,537' 1,078 m

Up

37' 11 m

Down

16%

Avg Grade (9°)

49%

Max Grade (26°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Geological Significance · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Dirt road for the last few miles before the trailhead - follow signs for trail 65.

Need to Know

Some maps do not show the last sections of dirt road, so GPS navigation may work - just follow signs for trail 65.

Description

The trail begins in the forest and switchbacks up with occasional views to the northwest and southeast. Trail is well trafficked and easy to follow the entire way. Some steep spots along the way.

From about mile 2.5 to mile 3, the trail passes through an alpine meadow with beautiful views of Lake Pend Oreille.

Around mile 3.5, the trail leaves the trees and meanders over a scree field that is easy to navigate and is not steep. This last 0.5-mile section provides beautiful views in all directions.

The summit has a small stone structure and is frequented by mountain goats (saw 8 while I was there). Try not to let the mountain goats obtain salt from your sweat, sweat on your gear, or urine. Great spot for goat pictures, but please be respectful and responsible around them.

Flora & Fauna

Birds abound in the lower forest and meadow sections.

Mountain goats at the summit.

Contacts

Shared By:

Colin Middleton

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  4.5 from 2 votes

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Photos

Summit of Scotchman Peak with a mountain goat left-middle.
Sep 8, 2019 near Sandpoint, ID
Summit of Scotchman Peak looking back along trail - morning fog below.
Sep 8, 2019 near Sandpoint, ID
Mountain goat on summit of Scotchman Peak.
Sep 8, 2019 near Sandpoint, ID
Lake Pend Oreille under a layer of morning fog.
Sep 8, 2019 near Sandpoint, ID
Warning about mountain goat salt seeking behavior.
Sep 8, 2019 near Sandpoint, ID

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