Scotchman Peak from the road in
This is a moderately difficult hike according to the books, but you can't tell me that. Of course I had a 30 pound pack on so as to practice carrying a pack for
. You see the first day of Mount Adams is about 3500 feet with pack on snow fields with crampons on maybe most of the way, so this is a good practice even though here you have to hike back down the same day unless you want to camp. This hike is not that extraordinary until you get up near the top where it has slate rock to climb over, beautiful views of Lake Pend Oreille, and maybe you will see a mountain goat at the top. We were there the first week in August and the huckleberries were ripe along the trail. This can really be refreshing on a difficult climb like this. This hike is supposedly only 6 miles long round trip, but it seemed 12 miles long because of the constant climb. If you can't make this climb easily with a 30# pack, you'll have real problems doing Mt. Adams to the top in 2 days.
From Sandpoint ID, go through town on 2/95, toward Bonners Ferry. Once over the bridge, take Hwy 200 toward Clark Fork. Once you get to Clark Fork, take a left onto Main Street (there's a gas stn at the corner) This street will become Forest Rd 276. From the Main Street turn, go 2.6 miles. Turn right on a good logging road, toward Trail 65. One more mile and turn left. Drive 0.4 miles and turn left onto a minor logging road. Follow this winding road for 2.2 miles, and then watch carefully for the left turn to the trailhead. The sign is VERY hard to spot. Then 1/8 mile to the trailhead itself. Trailhead is: N 48º 9' 868" W 116º 5' 880"
Coming down the hill we ran into a bear, so be aware, even though it ran off directly. No water is available. Call to check for snow conditions. Kaniksu National Forest, Sandpoint Ranger Stn: 208-263-5111