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Really nice hike. Lots of snow/ice up top. trail is a little off at the high point. big thanks to the guy below me who wrote the directions because GPS took me to the wrong spot further down that mountain road!

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1 month ago

Trail conditions great, couldn't make the summit due to goat sentries, but we got close.

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snow
1 month ago

This is a wonderful hike just as everyone said! 3.8 miles up with a couple 20-foot sections of level trail to give you a breather :-). The last 0.8 miles was snow and some ice where previous hiker’s feet packed the snow. There was a decent crust on the top and so I only post-holed down to my calf a few times. Didn’t think to bring my gaiters! Coiled wire crampons were super helpful, especially on the descent after it warmed up a bit and the ice was extra slick. I started at sunrise and was the first person in the parking lot. I didn’t see anyone else until my way down when I passed seven people (three groups). I spent about two hours at the top shooting some drone footage and, unfortunately, never saw any mountain goats. I didn’t even see any tracks in the snow so it seems they haven’t been up there in several days. Maybe since the grass is covered in snow there was nothing to attract them to the top. Give me an excuse to go again! Someone’s review below referred to directions on “friends of scotchmans peak” website. Here are the directions. They were perfect and led me right to the trail head: “Scotchman Peak Trail #65: Take Highway 200 to Clark Fork, Idaho then turn north at the Chevron Station onto Main Street. Follow this road past Clark Fork High School, and then around a bend to the right. At the intersection with Lightning Creek Road, set your trip odometer to 0. (Don’t turn here; keep going straight on Mosquito Creek Road.) At 0.6 miles, keep left at the fork. At 2.1 miles, turn right on FR 2295. (There won’t be a sign marking it as FR 2295. It’s marked as such on the map. You’ll know you’re heading into the right neighborhood when you pass the sign telling you you’re entering grizzly bear habitat.) At 3.1 miles, turn left onto FR 2294. (Again, there won’t be a sign marking it as FR 2294. You’ll see a small sign pointing toward Trail 65.) At mile 3.6, turn left on FR 2294A. (And, yet again, there won’t be a sign marking it as FR 2294A) Follow FR 2294A for 2.2 more miles to the end of the road, where you’ll find the trail head.”

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blowdown
over grown
washed out
1 month ago

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scramble
1 month ago

Love this hike try to do it yearly. 9.25.19 was amazing, cool hiking weather, and everybody coming down said they didn't see any goats, we saw 6!! Very tough climb to get there though, very few & short flat bits, the rest is just up n up n up. Don't follow gps, you want a right at the last Y and then turn up marker 65.

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1 month ago

(Hiked 9/21) Finally made the drive from Spokane on a day I thought was going to be "partly cloudy". Lesson #1, in mid-September, don't rely on weather forecasts. If the fog hadn't cleared a little once I reached the talus field I wouldn't have known there was quite a bit more climbing to do. Which leads me to Lesson # 2, take gloves...and a stocking cap. (These should be standard packing items this time of year!). If my fingers weren't so cold I would have looked at my AllTrails map and realized I hadn't reached the top yet (I would also have realized my phone battery was about to die). Eventually the fog started to clear and the views opened up. Saw several goats, including a mamma and her two little ones. Despite my efforts to be "goat aware", I somehow ended up on a trail between mama and the babes on my way back to the tree line. I was able to quickly move off the trail then waited for them to catch up to mom. Luckily Mom didn't appear to pay much attention to me. Overall, a great day..fog and all. It IS a workout and can be tough on the knees coming down. Trekking poles were helpful. And dress in layers. FYI, there are 2 porta-potty's at the trailhead. Can't wait to go back!

Great hike with views of Pend Oreille/clouds depending on the day! Saw a couple people who got too close to the goats and threw out food for them. Don't be one of those people, please!

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1 month ago

Amazing hike! Watch for the 65 trail head. Amazing views the elevation is well spaced good hike!

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no shade
off trail
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

Pros: Challenging, good training trail, close to Clark Fork town, Views of lake from open sections Cons: Trail is poorly maintained, Can be challenging to follow route, Loose rock and dirt in some sections I did this trail in late Sep 2019, on a mixed sunny and cloudy day. After my 3rd attempt in a year to locate the trail head, I finally found it with assistance of a forest service map, and attempted to hike it, however I lost the trail in a thicket of huckleberry bushes around 5,000 feet level, and turned around. (1,000 feet short of top) That said, I enjoyed the challenge of this trail and route finding was easier than I anticipated due to sparse vegetation until I became stuck. The trail is not regularly maintained, though, and precautions are warranted due to sections of loose soil, and steep drop offs in some ridge line sections. The first half of the ascent is relatively exposed to sun and wind, and hikers need to bring their own water supply unless there happens to be snow available to melt. Overall this is a challenging trail that is best for fit hikers looking to build ascending ability and endurance, along with offering an alternative to the neighboring, and much more utilized Scotchman peak route.

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2 months ago

This was a bucket list hike and I finally made it! The trail itself was a beautiful steady uphill climb. As others have said bring lots of water and trekking poles are nice to have. The fall foilage along the trail was beautiful, along with the views of Pend Oreille Lake and mountains. The weather was beautiful and the views at the top were phenomenal! You feel like you are on top of the world. We saw a mama and baby goat at the top. I would recommend going early because the trail got very busy on the way down and parking lot was full.

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2 months ago

I am rating this a 5 star trail for so many reasons. Yes, as I’m sure you’re seeing in other reviews- this is a hard hike. However, if you know it’s a hard hike and you go in prepared- it’s incredible. You should not attempt it if you do not bring water, bear spray and something to snack on. I would very highly recommend you being in decent shape health wise! There are places to sit down and rest on your way to the top, there are literally breathtaking views the ENTIRE way, the trail is well groomed and easy to find, and there are always beautiful mountain goats at the top! My husband and I are avid hikers but we still took the time to enjoy the trail. It took us 1.5 hours up and 1.5 hours down. I have a hip that likes to throw a fit going downhill but we made it just fine. Take the time to go do this hike, it’s one of our most favorites!

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rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Really steep on the way up. Temperature was cool then turned cold (39 degrees) as we summited. Good amount of switchbacks that alleviate the steepness. Really rewarding hike but didn’t see goats up there :(. We started at 0530 and got to the top at 0745. Local told us that the mountain goats show up at 1130 til the afternoon so plan to hike midday if you want to see some mountain goats.

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rocky
2 months ago

First off, when looking for the trailhead, you can follow the GPS address from AllTrails, but look for the TRAIL 65 placards! It is easy to pass it, so stay on the look out because GPS won’t take you directly to trailhead. Secondly, this trail is very difficult when it comes to muscular endurance. I would not recommend if you are not an avid hiker or in good physical condition. Bring water and snacks for the hike, as you will most likely need it for the length of this hike. Lastly, you are greatly rewarded when you finally get to the top of the trail. You are met by beautiful lake and mountain ridge views. Also, you have a great chance to come within feet of wild mountain goats. This was an incredible hike! Would recommend, but be ready to work for it. ROUND TRIP TIME: 5 hours

Great hike but the road in was tough in my sedan. Made it in a Chevy Cruze so it’s doable but be careful of potholes. One of my favorite hikes in the area, and the goats are amazing! They can be alittle over curious though, so don’t let them get to close.

Tough hike. Relentless uphill all the way to the top. It’s all about the goats. The goats posed nicely for some pics. Saw 3 on the top, and ran into more on 3 separate occasions on the way down. Total of 8 different goats. We were lucky and had perfect weather. Sunny and no wind. Had heard a lot about this hike and glad we did it. But won’t do it again until we check a few others off the list. Take a lot of water. Follow the signs to trail 65. You will find it!

Recording cut out on the way up, was more like 9 miles the 6.3. Great hike, but beware of the goats, they are very friendly and curious but don’t let them get to close. For those with a sedan be very careful on the drive in, there are some nasty potholes. It’s doable though, I made it in a Chevy Cruze. Don’t follow google maps, follow the directions on the friends of scotchmans peak website.

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rocky
2 months ago

it was a great hike made a day out it the views were outstanding!

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rocky
scramble
2 months ago

This trail did not disappoint. It's basically 3.9 miles up hill. Took about 2:15 with our 10 year old. Amazing views and goats. About an hour from Sandpoint, we'll be back to explore this area more.

Best way to get to this trail head is from I-90 at the Kingston Exit, go 50 miles north. Don’t try to get there from Bayview, that’s a dirt road. We started off of Forest Road 208, a paved road. We hiked in 3 miles and returned. There was a forest fire burning at Jordan Camp 4 miles from where we were hiking but we were never in any danger. The trail was dry and clear of debris. There are gorgeous views of the North CDA River and rock cliffs along this hike. Next time, we’ll start at Jordan Camp and hike one-way to Forest Road 208.

Have done this multiple times and it’s always amazing! One of my favorite hikes hands down. Best to take your time, enjoy it, as it’s a steady climb. We pack snacks/lunch for the summit. Then hit Sandpoint on the way home for a beer. It makes for a really fun day. The trailhead is about 1hr 45min drive from Coeur d’Alene.

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2 months ago

Beautiful but difficult hike, amazing views, awesome to interact with mountain goats. Come prepared. Nothing better than experiencing and enjoying God’s creation, and Scotchman Peak is a great place to do it.

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2 months ago

Love this hike....... one of my favorite so far.

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rocky
2 months ago

Really amazing hike. The relentless incline makes it a difficult test of your endurance but the trails were well maintained and clear. The summit views and herds of mountain goats are well worth the effort. Took us around 5 hours in and out with lots of snack breaks, breathers, and endless mountain goat snapshots. follow the 65 trail signs and end at the trailhead!

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