Trip Report

Mt. Sill – Sierras

19 Aug , 2015  

Author: Don Otis Mt. Sill is in the eastern Sierras near Big Pine on the North and South Forth trailheads. It is 14,162′ one of the 12 ranked 14,000′ peaks in California. I headed up Fathers Day Weekend in 2015 making easy time. We reached the Palisade glacier and began to traverse it to the […]

Trip Report

Shepherd Pass Trail – Sierras

19 Aug , 2015  

Author: Don Otis The Shepherd Pass Trail on the eastern escarpment of California’s Sierra Nevada is not for the faint of heart. The trail winds through three climatic zones off the desert floor at 6,500′ and up to Shepherd Pass at 12,000′ in the alpine zone. Ken Emerson and I made our way up the […]

Cabinet Range Hikes, Trip Report

Star Peak

16 May , 2015  

Star Peak is a mere 6,167’ but a whopping 4,000’ vertical from the start of the #998 trailhead. This is an easy one to reach – just off highway 2 before you get to Big Eddy Campground just outside of Heron, Montana. The Friends of Scotchman’s Peaks Wilderness (see had eight hikers, all who […]

Scotchman's Spring Featured

Cabinet Range Hikes, Trip Report

Scotchman’s Peak – Spring

12 Apr , 2015   Gallery

The high point in Idaho’s Cabinet Mountains is just outside of Clark Fork (see previous descriptions to the trailhead). The mid April ascent was a mixture of cold weather, blowing clouds, and icy conditions on the summit ridge. We used crampons and ice axes for the final 500’ of elevation. There is new snow but […]

Cabinet Range Hikes, Trip Report

Scotchman’s Peak – Winter

22 Mar , 2015   Gallery

Elevation: 7,009’ The highest peak in North Idaho is well worth the effort – even in early spring. The road into the trailhead was passable without 4WD. From Clark Fork, Trailhead 65 is 6.2 miles. The last section of the road (2.2 miles) is the muddiest. An early start is always best but Scotchman’s can […]

Cabinet Range Hikes, Trip Report

Goat Mountain (Winter)

16 Feb , 2015   Gallery

The last day of January in North Idaho is not the time of the year one expects to be hiking high into the Cabinet Mountains near Montana. In spite of a less-than-stellar forecast we set out for the Scotchman’s Peak trailhead. We managed to get within several miles before getting two Jeeps stuck in the […]

Cabinet Range Hikes, Trip Report

Star Peak (Winter)

16 Feb , 2015   Gallery

Star Peak is just east of the Idaho border and starts just off the road before you get to Big Eddy Campground. If you reach the campground coming from Clark Fork, you have gone about a quarter of a mile too far. The trailhead for the Big Eddy Trail and Starr Peak is 100 yards […]

Family Hikes, Selkirk Range Hikes, Trip Report

Mickinnick Trail

23 Dec , 2014  

Nestled on the North end of Sandpoint, the Mickinnick Trailhead is just off Woodland Drive. Take Highway 95 North and turn left toward Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Woodland Drive is a quarter mile past the railroad tracks. Turn left and cross the small bridge over Sand Creek. Follow the dirt road half a mile. This leads […]

Selkirk Range Hikes, Trip Report

Silver Dollar Peak Finale

18 Oct , 2014   Gallery

All good things must come to an end and this year has been terrific. Yesterday was my last hike/climb for the year here in the U.S. Selkirks. The weather was near perfect. I have attached a few photos from the hike up Silver Dollar Peak here – the 13th unique peak we have done the […]

Blacktail Lake Trestle Creek

Trail Description, Trip Report

Moose Mountain Loop Trail Ride

1 Sep , 2014  

The Moose Mountain Loop Trail is an approximately 9 mile, round trip trail that takes you past two great mountain lakes.  This is a great horseback ride or hike. I rode this trail with my parents; Roley and Janice Schoonover, my brother and sister-in-law; Isaac and Libby Schoonover, and my two kids; Emily (4) and […]