Post by: Don Otis

Twin Peaks - Beehive Lake

Selkirk Range Hikes, Trip Report

Beehive Lake Trail to North and South Twin

28 Aug , 2017  

The trailhead starts at 4,450’ in Upper Pack River. We drove from Sandpoint and started out from the trailhead by 7:30 in cool conditions (gloves and long sleeve) until the sun reached us over the top of Roman Nose. Then, it proved to be one of the warmest days we experienced in the Selkirks once […]

Parker Peak Idaho

Selkirk Range Hikes, Trip Report

Parker Peak

21 Aug , 2017  

Parker Peak is the highest named peak in the U.S. Selkirk Range. It is 7,670 feet but it is not an easy one to reach. Landon Otis and I started at the Pyramid Pass trail #13 (take Trout Creek Road No. 634 to the end — about 9 miles off Westside Road just north of […]

Blue Mountain - Big Blue

Selkirk Range Hikes, Trip Report

Blue Mountain (Big Blue)

26 Sep , 2016  

On September 25, we set out from an empty village on Schweitzer Mountain and made our way to the top for the Quad. The Nature Trail was compromised by construction and no signs have been placed for hikers. While it is difficult to get lost, the trail is simply not in good shape. I am […]

Roothaan from Saddle

Selkirk Range Hikes, Trip Report

Mt. Roothaan

22 Sep , 2016  

7,326 ft. 14 miles, 3200 feet of gain September 11 seemed like a good day to hike back into the backcountry of the Idaho Selkirks and we were not disappointed. A late start (10:30) meant we had to keep moving over the 14 roundtrip miles to the top of Mt. Roothaan. Cathy Schuller and Don […]

Harrison Lake Selkirk Mountains Idaho

Selkirk Range Hikes, Trip Report

Harrison Lake Trail

17 Jul , 2016  

The trip into Harrison Lake is perfect for a first time hiker or even for a family. It is kid-friendly 2.5 miles one direction. The trip is worth the effort. The elevation gain is nominal and climbs gently to the lake for about 1500’ before offering first rate views of the crest and Mt. Harrison […]

Selkirk Range Hikes, Trip Report

Chimney Rock Trail

29 May , 2016  

What better way to spend Memorial Day weekend than climbing to the Selkirk crest near Chimney Rock? If you haven’t done this hike you owe it to yourself to put it on the calendar. It is a relatively easy 10 mile round-trip hike with about 2,700’ of vertical gain. It starts easy and crosses bridges, […]

Mt. Hood View

Trip Report

Mt. Hood

30 Apr , 2016  

We checked the weather and re-checked before heading out of North Idaho on Friday toward Hood River. The forecast called for clear skies and 10 mph winds. When we arrived at Timberline Lodge that afternoon there were winds and blowing snow. We hunkered down for a short night with a dusting of snow to awaken […]

goat mt from ridge

Cabinet Range Hikes, Trip Report

Goat Mountain

9 Apr , 2016  

Three of us set off for Goat Mountain just outside of the small town of Clark Fork, Idaho. It was a perfect morning as Landon Otis, Cathy Schuller, and Don Otis set out after fueling up at Starbucks. We left the trailhead at 8:15 and started up the relentless ridge, losing the trail a couple […]

scotchmans peak

Cabinet Range Hikes, Trip Report

Scotchman’s Peak

26 Feb , 2016  

February 26, 2016 Scotchman’s is the highest peak in the Idaho portion of the Cabinet Mountains. Thanks to the fine work of Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness (see the lower section of the trail has been rerouted to make for an easier ascent from the trailhead. Trail #65 is the starting point of the […]

Cabinet Range Hikes, Trip Report

Star Peak

3 Jan , 2016  

On January 3 four of us set out to climb the south ridge of Star Peak in Montana’s Cabinet Mountains. What we thought was going to be a cold but sunny day turned out to be spitting snow and poor visibility on the summit. Star is one of a handful of peaks in the area […]

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