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Fall Season-HIGH CAMP IS OPEN! »

Hiking, Fishing, Wildflowers, Birding, Campfires, Marshmallows…..

All our trails are now open for hiking except the Upper Sunset trail to the ridge. You can hike to:  Chiwaukum, Larch, Julius, Eileen, Ethel and Donald.

Early Season Winter Special

Come to Scottish Lakes Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursdays nights from December 1st through December 17th. A 2 night stay is only $125 per person including 2 nights lodging and transportation. Doesn’t get much cheaper than that! :)




High Camp Update »

Fall and Winter Calendar

For the current status of cabin availability please go to our Booking Calendar.  We are accepting reservations for this  Fall 2014 and Winter 2014-15. We book cabins one year in advance.

October 4 and 11 Hanging Garden Hike

October 6 Beat the Diner – still room! 14 miles some off trail, beautiful country, dinner at the 59er Diner if we make it before close paid for by Scottish Lakes. Stay at High Camp Sunday night October 5th

Work Parties:

  • October 18, 19 – Wood cutting – FULL we have a wait list
  • October 25, 26 – Wood cutting – FULL we have a wait list

Trail Marking will be December 1 and 2 – send an email if you would like to participate!


Family Rates Dramatically Extended

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

  • December 5, 6, 2014 -January 2, 3, 2015 -February 20, 21, 2015 -March 6,7, 2015
  • All late winter dates beginning March 27, 2015 through April 25th


Fall Season goes through October 11th

Winter Season begins November 26, 2014 and ends April 26, 2015


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Take Us Away! »

September 29th, 2014

Scottish Lakes High Camp is mentioned in the ParentMap article,

Take Us Away! Restful Fall Retreats for Kids and Families in Washington State

“All of us need the impetus to pull ourselves away from technology and reset our brains, breathing in the sharp scent of a ponderosa pine forest or the briny Pacific Ocean at sunset. And we need to reconnect with each other. Here are four extraordinary places in Washington state to go this fall that provide opportunities for respite and reconnection.”
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Hats Off to a First Class Experience »

February 24th, 2014

Dear Chris,

Friday morning came, our day to leave, and we got a break in the snowfall, and blue sky opened up, and the sun put a smile on everything. After three days of continual snow, this break in the weather made it hard to leave.
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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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Trips, Trails, & Tours

Old Julius »

The Lower Part of Old Julius Trail

Laurie and I decided to walk to the parking lot as we exited High Camp one day this fall. We savored the beautiful views offered by the trail as it moved through recent clear cuts, then enjoyed the coolness of the old forest during the last 2 miles of the hike.  This is a pretty amazing way to get to your car on the day you leave Scottish Lakes. Let our staff  drive your gear down and it will be waiting in your car for you when you arrive at the parking lot. This is also an awesome exit in the winter! Check with the staff for an update on conditions on the trail as you make your decision to leave High Camp. 
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High Camp Happenings

Children at Scottish Lakes High Camp »


Whether you come during the winter or the fall, Scottish Lakes is a wonderful place for children. It is an easy, comfortable introductions to the wilderness during any season. In fall fish are easy to catch at the nearest lake, Julius. You can also swim in Julius at the shallow end where the water has a chance to warm. There is a fire pit at High Camp for roasting marshmallows and telling stories with friends old and new. In winter there are sleds which keep kids out on the sledding hill until late in the evening. The screams of laughter make joyful noise and bring smiles to parent’s faces. In all seasons the hot tub is a wonderful experience. There are games and books in the lodge to round out any visit.
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Around the Woodstove

“Framed” »

Jill Fineis

Recently I had the pleasure of participating in a very special photography project with my good friend Jill Fineis. This project came about as a result of the ‘Framed’ Photographer Invitational event sponsored by the Leavenworth Mountain Association which “connects community with the mountains for the benefit of both”.  Jill was one of the four local photographers invited to participate.

Jill describes her project: “This is a story about mountain culture in Leavenworth, Washington as told from women who seek culture…community, art, place, sustainable food systems, reacreation, environmental awareness, the backcountry, their daughters, and the internal landscape.”  Here is the link to the magic of Jill’s creative genius entitled “cul-ti-vate”.   
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Propane »


Many people believe that High Camp runs on duct tape…or baling wire…but they are wrong. Scottish Lakes High Camp runs on propane! That has been the power of choice since Bill and Peg Stark’s time. When we purchased High Camp there were propane lights in the cabins, but they were not mounted on the wall the way the fixture’s are now. There was a 20 gallon propane tank in each cabin with a pole lamp extending up from the top of the bottle. They just stood on the floor where there was really no room, we just tripped over them all the time. Another propane bottle was used to run the propane burners on the stove. You can imagine how many tanks we had at High Camp…at least 2 per cabin plus extras, so probably 20 -25 propane tanks. It worked just fine except when the tanks ran out of propane.
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