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Fall Season »

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

Midweek reservations in August – Book two nights a receive the third night free!


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.

September 12 – 13 Fly Fishing Weekend with Ralph the fly fishing guru!

October 4 and 11 Hanging Garden Hike

October 6 Beat the Diner

Work Parties:

  • July 26, 27 – Maintenance, painting, trail work (almost full!)
  • October 18, 19 – Wood cutting
  • October 25, 26 – Wood cutting

Family Rates Dramatically Extended

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

  • The entire months of August and September through the 30th.
  • 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 begins August 1st and goes through October 11th

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


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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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From the Seattle Times Outdoor Section »

December 29th, 2013

Thank you so much Seattle Times! We so appreciate the article in your Outdoors section, Sunday December 29th. Jeff Layton did a beautiful job with pictures and great content.

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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

Chiwaukum Creek Fire »

Driving up the "P" Road. Picture taken through suburban window

Thursday, July 24 we took our second trip up to Scottish Lakes. The fire crew wanted us to move the snowmobiles and the  snow cat out into a clear cut so they could put a barrier around them for further protection. Kevin, who I had met on our first trip, showed us the upgrade they had made on the sprinkler system broadening the ability of the system to protect more of the High Camp area. We hiked up Sunset Trail and could see no effects of the fire. Then we hiked out along High Road and were awed by the massive fire break that was built to protect the area. It is a dirt road 6 blades wide! Don’t panic, it will be a wonderful ski route…probably called Fireline. We hiked to the edge of the fire which was still smoldering. The area around Telemark Basin, Big Jim Lookout, and Bonnie Brae is burned. Not a beautiful site at all, but it will come back. We were so lucky to only have this area burn. Now they are building a hand line up McCue Ridge probably loosely following Upper Sunset and continuing along the top of the ridge. This is to prevent the fire from slipping over McCue Ridge into the Scottish Lakes area. The next few weeks will decide when Scottish Lakes can open for business and the hot, dry weather plays a huge roll in this. Everything the fire crews do to protect High Camp and the area around it will be rehabilitated after the fire danger has passed. A trip to Scottish Lakes in the fall will be an learning event for any guest. You can see first hand the hard work our fire fighters do!

Monday, July 21  Thom, the incident manager for our area, escorted me up to Scottish Lakes to get an idea of the impact of the Chiwaukum Creek Fire. On the way up I noticed all the trees on the McCue Ridge side of the “S” road were limbed and the vegetation was cleared. The road had been watered. A lot of work had been done clear down to the gate to keep the fire from spreading down toward the Coulter Road residential area where I live. I was so thankful. They had also cleared and limbed around my house below the gate.
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High Camp Happenings

Fly Fishing Weekend September 12 – 13-Catch and Release Information »


As announced in the June Newsletter our Fly Fishing Weekend is in September. There is lots of information below. In addition here are some…

Tips for Successful Catch-and-Release:

  • Land fish as quickly as possible; avoid playing them to total exhaustion
  • Leave fish in the water while removing the hook.  Avoid bruising fish or rubbing off their protective “slime” coating.
  • Release fish only after they can maintain their equilibrium. If necessary, gently cradle the fish in the water until normal “breathing” resumes.
  • For the fish so deeply hooked that the hook cannot be released without drawing blood, cut the line and leave the hook behind; many hooks will eventually rust out.
  • In streams, release fish in quiet water.
  • Use single, barbless hooks. Barbless hooks are easy to make by squashing the barb with needle-nose pliers.

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Around the Woodstove

Remote Camera Station »

curious and hungry wolverine

At the end of March Debbie and David, long time Scottish Lakes guests and volunteers, skied to a remote camera station in the Chiwaukum Mountains. They join Jim, who set up this station, in monitoring wolverines in this area. There is a remote camera and meat secured with barbed wire to attract the wolverine and also retrieve fur samples to determine if the animal is a new individual in the area. The work as a volunteer is challenging in that the station is very distant and remot, plus you need to carry in meat to replace what is eaten. Pretty exciting work! Here is another great shot!
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Hiking Season »

Ewing Basin

When we first purchased Scottish Lakes in 1994 we were only open for the winter skiing season. We just did not think people would want to come up to the mountains to stay in a cabin during backpacking season. We were wrong about that! In 1999 we had decided to expand our lodge to accommodate more people since the millennium was upon us and there was a lot of interest in spending New Year’s Eve at Scottish Lakes to ring in the 2000. So to bring in some money to fund the lodge expansion we experimented with what we called our ” Fall Season” which started mid August and went into early October.
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