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$150 per person including 2 nights lodging and transportation. This is 25% off! Add a third midweek night for just $50.


  • November 29, 30
  • December 4, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, and 14


High Camp Update »

Hiking Season ended October 10th… we wait for the snow to fall!

Winter Season Opens November 23rd!

For the current status of cabin availability for winter season please go to our Booking Calendar.  We are also accepting reservations for Hiking Season 2017. We book cabins one year in advance.

Family Rates

We are pleased to announce these dates when kids (up through age 17) stay for free lodging:

  • December 2 and 3
  • January 6 and 7
  • February 3 and 4
  • February 24 and 25
  • March 3 and 4
  • Any day in April


Thanksgiving Potluck

  • November 24

Trailmarking Party

  • November 28 and 29

Newfoundland New Year’s Eve Party

  • December 31st


Fall Hiking Season 2017 opens Monday, July 24th. We are accepting reservations now!


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Visiting the Scottish Lakes High Camp »

October 18th, 2016

Scottish Lakes

From an article by Ed Leckert Images:

Last week in “Larch Lake and the Scottish Lakes High Camp” we talked about visiting Larch Lake to photograph the fall color of the turning larches. Now I’ll tell you the story of the Scottish Lakes High Camp and how it came to be!

So, for starters, where exactly is this Scottish Lakes High Camp?
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Thank you for a wonderful weekend… »

April 12th, 2016


Hi Chris,

After receiving the Newsletter I was reminded that we did not write to say a huge thank you to everyone who made our weekend truly wonderful! We knew it would be great but we did not realize that we would miss it. Even though our past weekend was full of activity and sun it was just not the same as our weekend at High Camp. We are certain we will be back next year.
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Find Yourself Above the Fray!

There's no place like Scottish Lakes High Camp.

Nestled against a high mountain ridge, our nine-cabin retreat provides a unique opportunity to recharge body and spirit. Pared down to the essential rustic comforts, High Camp allows you to pursue your favorite mountain activities, reconnect with friends and family, or reflect in an unparalleled natural setting.

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Recharge, reconnect and refuel above the Fray!

Trips, Trails, & Tours

High Chiwaukum Traverse – September 2 – 6, 2016 »

Deadhorse Peak

Big McWaukum Peak
Big Chiwaukum Peak
Ladies Peak

Unsettled weather over Labor Day Weekend sent many of us scrambling for alternative trips. Eileen and I ended up doing a high alpine traverse through the Chiwuakum Mountains, hoping for better conditions. We had both spent several decades exploring the many nooks and crannies of the Chiwuakums, and this traverse served as a way to connect some of our favorite locations, such as Larch Lake, Grace Lakes, Ewing Basin, and the High Meadows of the Scottish Lakes. It also gave us access to the five principal summits of the Chiwaukum crest: Big McWaukum Peak (7423’), Deadhorse Peak (7534’), Big Chiwaukum Peak (8081’), Snowgrass Mountain (7993’), and Ladies Peak (7708’). Along the way, we were able to tuck in the three peaks that we hadn’t both climbed before.
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High Camp Happenings

Thanksgiving at High Camp »


Come join us for Thanksgiving dinner at Scottish Lakes! Late November at 5000 feet is a great time to greet winter, as an almost guaranteed blanket of early season snow means sledding, snowshoeing and limited ski touring. Maybe even more important than the early winter recreational opportunities, a Thanksgiving holiday retreat at High Camp is simply a great chance to disconnect from all the craziness of normal life for a few days

The weekend offers an opportunity to spend some quality off-the-grid time relaxing with friends and family in a gorgeous high mountain setting. Dream a bit about quiet conversations in front of a flickering fire with gentle snow falling outside. Or perhaps you would rather just curl up with a good book or maybe get involved in a spirited board game. Now add to that vision the aroma of a fresh turkey baking in the lodge oven! How can you resist?
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Around the Woodstove

Watercolor at High Camp »

watercolor lodge

We recently had a spirited group of hikers visit High Camp for the first time. They do backpacking trips as a group to many wonderful locations and we had the pleasure of hosting them this fall. Besides hiking art was happening at Scottish Lakes! Beautiful watercolors. Robin was a host up there during their visit and she got her own private watercolor lesson. So much fun! Cecile Disenhouse is a watercolor painter living in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle. She has been teaching watercolor painting at the Lifetime Learning Center for over three years. She especially enjoys the watercolor medium because of its freshness and transparency. It is perfect for capturing nature and so transportable. She often adds ink to a painting to enhance it.
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1977 Forest Service Surveyor »

Forest Service Land Surveyor

The High Camp road can be long and dusty but stories always make it go much faster. When Steve Johnson and his family visited earlier this fall, the ride wasn’t nearly long enough. Steve is a retired Forest Service land surveyor who helped mark the wilderness boundary line above High Camp. After starting his survey work in Nevada and Utah, Steve came to work in the forests of Washington in 1977. Steve explained how a surveyor puts in a boundary line, from finding the old monuments (often a unique rock or small landmark) and bearing trees marked with a certain axe cut from surveys done more than 60 years earlier, to using an angle measuring device called a theodolite, and walking a transverse.
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