September 17th, 2014 in Trips, Trails, & Tours
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.
Before High Camp existed, before logging hit the Chiwaukum Mountains there was a trail to the Scottish Lakes called the Lake Julius Trail. It did not follow the road we now take to High Camp. Instead it wound up into the high country to the west of our driving route working its way along Roaring Creek for the first 3 miles or so. The trail eventually meets the High Country Trail around Glacier View then follows the old road to Picnic Point where it picks up the regular trail to the lakes. Logging did a number on most of the trail and opening it up has been a challenge. Distance from High Camp to the parking lot on this trail is about 7 miles of mostly downhill walking. We have a trail guide you can use as you walk “down the mountain”.