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Frugal February Fun!

Come to Scottish Lakes for 2 nights arriving Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, February 23, 24, 25th for $175 per person full transportation and only $150 per person skiing in from mid mt. Stay a third night for only an additional  $50 per person per night! Nothing but fun!



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 2015 and Fall 2015. We book cabins one year in advance.

Family Rates Dramatically Extended

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

  • 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 is now in effect through April 26, 2015

Fall Season 2015 begins July 29 and ends October 11, 2015


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Thanksgiving Snowshoe by the Rainbow »

December 4th, 2014

Tubbs Snowshoes Logo

From the Official Blog of Tubbs Snowshoes:
An article by Maciej, Backcountry Ambassador

“It was an amazing Thanksgiving weekend for our group of three, plus dog. I have been planning this trip for a long time and finally it materialized. Scottish Lakes High Camp (elevation 4985 ft.) was our destination…”
…read the entire article »

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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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

The Sunrises of High Camp »

sunrise from McWaukum

I love skinning up Mac’s Express in the pre-dawn dark. Where Mac’s meets Low Road there is enough of a clearing to get glimpses of stars through the trees. I keep going straight uphill on Cliff Hanger.  At Inspiration View I get my first taste of the sunrise, a band of color to the east. As I continue on it keeps getting better as my view expands behind me. From Stegosaurus Rock I cut cross-country to the top of the glades on McCue Ridge.  It is here that I face the sunrise fully and stop moving for the first time since leaving camp.  As my breath slows I remove my skins, lock down my boots, take a deep breath and ski towards the sun on pink hued snow.
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High Camp Happenings

PistenBully 240D »

PistenBully 240D

Well, if you don’t know by now we have a new snocat! It has been all over Facebook (check out our Scottish Lakes page) and I think it was on the front page of the Sunday New York Times. Anyway we are giddy with excitement since this is a much newer machine and a lot more powerful.
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Around the Woodstove

High Camp Comforts »

boot warmers!

As a fairly regular visitor to High Camp (95 nights and counting) I have created a packing list of items that have made my stays more comfortable.

With the advent of the heat moldable ski boot liners a new condition has come to the fore front, commonly referred to as “swamp foot”. In the Greek “Sweatis Foot Maximus”, meaning at the end of the ski day the interior of your boot liners are soaked, your socks wet and your foot is slightly pruney. With these new liners you cannot simply place them by the fire to dry. The heat will cause the moldable material to reactivate and puff up like a marshmallow. I had to find an effective way to dry out the interior of the liners before the next day’s tour.
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Nomad Camps Part 2 »

Peg Stark

Last month I shared the first portion of an old brochure that Bill and Peg Stark produced in 1985 for their “Nomad Camps” now know as Scottish Lakes High Camp. Jim Snider emailed me in response to the article. Thank you so much Jim! These are great memories to share. Here is what he wrote:

Your article of the old flyer brings back many great times. The couple in the pic is Tim and Chris who were some of the “yahoos” of the era. Bill called some “yahoos” and the earliest of us were the “goon squad”. I was at the Chalet with Bill and Peg in 1974 as an intern and stayed on for many more years. I helped Bill put the first frame up at High Camp in the first October snowstorm of the year after a week in the Enchantments. In 1988, I spent my last winter taking care of camp. We served meals then and I cooked and then took folks out on tours and went down to town on Monday morning and back to camp on Tuesday. That winter we had a big problem with pine martens and they made a hell of a mess. One even got in the oven and as you might guess shat in the broiler. Did not know till Peg came up and we were doing dinner for 10 guests. Oh the stink.

Came back to Washington 3 months ago and went to see Peg in Port Townsend. She is 98 as of December 4th. Health is good and mind is doing well. Hope to get to High Camp again some day.

Jim Snider

 I will share the information they provided describing the accommodations and the meals. But don’t get excited! We will not be providing meals for our guests. Peg told me that was the toughest part of owning High Camp and she just never wanted to cook again! Direct quotes from the brochure are in italics.

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