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Waiting on Winter »

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 »

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 – 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

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

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

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

Drone’s Eye View »

High Camp Drone View Video

Kitka, Yoshi and their dog Fortune Cookie visited High Camp for 48 hours and they really made their mark. They hiked to Larch Lake and Lake Donald experiencing the beautiful larch, rain and the SNOW! But that was not all. They brought a drone to High Camp….really! Scottish Lakes is being dragged into the 21st century kicking and screaming. This drone’s eye view is really cool. It looks as though High Camp is just sitting there waiting for the winter snow to fall….and it is!!

View the Drone’s Eye View Video of Scottish Lakes High Camp


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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