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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! :)


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Winter and Fall Calendar

For the current status of cabin availability please go to our Booking Calendar.  We are accepting reservations for this Winter 2014-15 and Fall 2015. We book cabins one year in advance.

Trail Marking will be December 1 and 2 – FULL!

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

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

Fall Season 2015 begins July 29 and ends October 11, 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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Recharge, reconnect and refuel above the Fray!

Trips, Trails, & Tours

Trail Marking 2014 December 1 and 2 – FULL! »

Early December snow on Calypso Run

We have this great work party in early December….I know it is on a Monday and Tuesday so not everyone is able to consider this opportunity. So sorry about that, can’t think of another way to do it. If you can join us we really have a great time! It is early snow so there is usually no base. It is our opportunity to check the trails to make sure they are easy to follow. We  hammer in new diamonds if necessary, sometimes improving  routes and cutting branches that might obscure signs. We also lug bamboo poles into the back country so we can mark difficult routes. 
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High Camp Happenings

Thanksgiving with Eric – 2015 »

Eric Mountain Manager

We have a new mountain manager for Scottish Lakes and he is an old friend! Eric Messerschmidt will manage High Camp this winter along with Chris. His debut weekend is Thanksgiving! 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

Bushy-tailed Wood Rats Find a Home at High CAmp »

Wood Rat in Live Trap

The Bushy-tailed Wood Rat is a beautiful, gentle, docile member of the rodent family and looks very much like the rats depicted in the Disney animated movie “Ratatouille”. Bushy-tailed Wood Rats are cute, with large eyes, and whiskers spanning a good two inches; they have large, white, five-toed feet and a long, gorgeous tail and their ears are huge for their body size. They have a face any animal lover would immediately fall in love with. They are not to be confused with the Norway rat which arrived in North America via merchant ships around 1775 and now span the entire North American continent including Alaska. Bushy-tailed Wood Rats are native to North America.

Recently while hosting up at High Camp a guest staying in one of the cabins mentioned to us that they had  had a nighttime visitor and suspected some form of large rodent. I immediately suspected a wood rat as they other name for wood rats are “camp robbers” or “pack rats. Occasionally a guest at High Camp may experience a “theft”, some small trinket goes missing and a stick or stone is left in its place. If you were to follow the trail to the culprit’s nest you may find such treasures hidden there:  bottle caps, pieces of tinfoil, paperclips, rubber bands, and candy wrappers. The little wood rat has made an exchange, his stick for your bottle cap. Such stolen items are incorporated into the wood rat’s stick and stone nest or crevice.
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Up the Road to High Camp »

Telemark Forest

Our first ride up to High Camp was of course in a derelict suburban driven by Bill Stark. Peg laid down on the back seat since the ride up had such a negative impact on her back. As we went through the gate and started up the S road the forest was deep and full on both sides of the road. At the beaver ponds we crossed the old bridge heading up the P road. It was still forested although Sideburn soared up the hill, open and steep, a great ski down. At P 5  we turned left onto the MR road we drove through beautiful trees on either side for about 2 miles until we came out to more open slopes. It was in this portion of the road that we crossed and recrossed the old Julius Trail as it plunged through the trees climbing up to the lakes. There were more open slopes beginning at Midway and ending at the top of Sideburn. As we rounded the big hairpin at MR 4 we were back in trees again with some old clear cuts above the road. After Peg’s Promenade we were in the trees clear to High Camp. Well, the trip up is very different now!
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