High Country Trail
November 21st, 2015 in Trips, Trails, & Tours
The High Country Trail is the “freeway” exiting High Camp, it is actually an extension of the road we snowmobile in on. There are lots of other trail heads that exit from camp, but High Country Trail is used the most for many reasons.
If you get into High Camp in the afternoon and want to get the lay of the land, head out on High Country Trail. It winds up and down gently and takes you towards the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area. As you ski along views open up of the North Cascades, Chiwaukum Mountains and Big Jim.
There is a new, huge, bright blue gate along here that was just installed by Weyerhaeuser/Forest Service. I think it is to keep traffic off of Forest Service land. At .9 miles, Glacier View is a highlight; when you arrive ski out onto the point for great views of Glacier Peak. As you continue the trail bends and there is a great view of the High Meadows, flanked by the lake basins of Julius, Lock Eileen and Donald. Now you have a feel for much of the skiable terrain around Scottish Lakes.
This trail accesses the Lake Julius trail entering the wilderness area. You can also pick up Ridgetop and head to McCue Ridge just after the big High Meadows view.
If you are skiing with kids this is a nice trail to ski out and turn around for a gentle downslope to High Camp. Just be sure to turn around when the kids are still happy! That is the way the little ones become life long skiers. There are also some steeper slopes off High Country Trail where you can practice your turns very close to High Camp. Don’t tell a sole…but the snow on Powerpuff is really good most of the time.