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Copper Falls

Directions to trail-head: Head north on Hwy 95 from Bonners Ferry.At the top of the hill out of Bonners Ferry is 3 Mile. If you are hungry you should grab a bite to eat at Sharron's Country Store. The food is fantastic. After the light at 3 mile, go about 25.5 miles on Hwy 95. […]

Goat Mountain

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 […]

Scotchman’s Peak

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 www.scotchmanpeaks.org) 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 […]

Star Peak

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 […]

Snowshoe Peak

Summit Elevation: 8,738’ Elevation gain from Leigh Lake trailhead: 4500’ The trail winds steeply through forest on the east side of the Cabinet Mountains about 15 miles south of Libby Montana. Look for mountain goats on the slopes above as they are plenteous in this area. The lake is just 1.5 miles from the trailhead […]

Mt. Roothaan

Elevation: 7,326 ft. Rank: 14 Coordinates: 48.613N 116.705W Trailhead: Chimney Rock, No 256 Trailhead Elevation: 4,020’ Estimate Time: 3-4½ up, 2½-3½ down South Ridge, class 2 7 miles, 3306’ elevation gain The climb begins in the parking area of Chimney Rock trailhead (there is a shorter route from the Priest Lake side). The trail gains […]

Mt. Roothaan

Mt. Roothaan is 7,326' and sits just half a mile south of Chimney Rock and is about 200' higher. The vantage point offers the best view of Chimney Rock of any 7,000' footers on the crest. I left the trailhead on the Pack River side late - Noon. The trail starts painfully slow and gains […]

North Twin Peak

Author: Don Otis The trail to Beehive Lake is 4.4 miles one way -- starts at an excellent trailhead and crosses a bridge before making an easy ascent. The North Twin is 7,607'. It is the peak directly beyond the end of the lake and not the one to the North or right (I made […]

Split Mountain, Sierras

Author: Don Otis Split Mountain is 14,058' -- a multi-colored and serrated peak that looks unclimbable from the east. Ken Emerson and Don Otis climbed to a notch above Red Lake (10,500') on August 30, 2015 and then made our way up the east slopes to the summit. It was out fourth 14er in a […]

Middle Teton, Wyoming

Author: Don Otis The Middle Teton is 12,804' and offers some of the best views of any Teton peak. Jeff Beeman, Landon Otis, and Don Otis set out early in September 2014 from the Lupine Meadows TH and into Garnet Canyon. The trail into the canyon is easy and the views good into the valley […]

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