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SECRETS

Scotchmans interior. PHOTO BY JIM MELLEN

Staying on the ridge, there are sections with smooth granite, huckleberries and more stunning views. (See “Trails of the Wild Selkirks,” page 275.) Secret Scotchmans. The trails that probe the proposed Scotchman Peaks Wilderness are really nice, but to see the most pristine and untrammeled Scotchmans, put on your big boy/big girl pants and prepare to get beaten up a bit. There are no trails to the interior of the Scotchmans, so the going is slow and rough but well worth it – with jawdropping rock formations, vast meadows of beargrass, elk wallows and solitude. Grab your backpack, lots of food and your camera. Stay a week and let the purity of nature wash your spirit. You may never be the same! One good jumping off point into these wildlands is the classic hike to Scotchman Peak Trail No. 65 with its splendid views from the summit. Below the summit, traverse southward above the treeline. A few places involve scrambling but soldier on and bear to the southeast, then eastward as much as possible. After three-quarters mile, a ridge with a steep drop to the northeast provides a great view of the basin to the southeast of Scotchman Peak. The only safe way into the basin is about half mile down the ridge. Once in the basin, have fun! The fires of 2015 burned parts here, adding another dimension to this wonderland. My special place in Virginia did not last long. It was developed and ironically, at 14, I was mowing a lawn where the wonderful tufts of grass used to be. So I love the idea of public lands – to keep our special places special. 62

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Sandpoint Magazine Summer 2016  

In this Issue: Dog Town, Idaho How people and their dogs have created Sandpoint’s copious canine culture Plus ‘Peaking’ Our Interest - Peak...

Sandpoint Magazine Summer 2016  

In this Issue: Dog Town, Idaho How people and their dogs have created Sandpoint’s copious canine culture Plus ‘Peaking’ Our Interest - Peak...