Ascent of Scotchman Peak on 1994-07-24

Climber: Greg Slayden

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, July 24, 1994
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Scotchman Peak
    Elevation:7011 ft / 2136 m

Ascent Trip Report

I woke up from my hot night in the back of my car and drove down the Lightning Creek Road in the foothills of the Cabinet Mountains of Idaho and then up the Mosquito Creek Road, a dusty, rocky dirt road that led me to signs pointing up really narrow and rutted logging roads to the trailhead for the Scotchman Peak trail. I hated to abuse my car like this, but it's the price you pay for doing serious exploration of western mountains.

I then climbed Scotchman Peak, the highest point in the Idaho section of the Cabinet Mountains, but lower than many peaks just over the border in Montana. Although only 7,009 feet high, the trail gained 3700 feet, mostly though forest. I climbed up from 7 to 9 AM, at a rate of 1850 vertical feet per hour (this was my first hike after Rainier, which had really gotten me into shape!) and then spent half an hour exploring the fly-infested summit area that nevertheless provided nice views of the Montana Cabinets and large Lake Pend Orielle under partly cloudy skies. I hiked down the easy, almost Appalachian-style trail and was back at my dusty car by 11:20 AM. It was another hot, humid day, but starting to get quite overcast, and I didn't see another soul during my whole hike.

The summit crags of Scotchman Peak, one of the highest summits in Northern Idaho (1994-07-24).
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3711 ft / 1131 m
    Trailhead:Scotchman Peak TH  3300 ft / 1005 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Windy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 50 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Greg Slayden
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