TRAILS -- Volunteers are helping the Kootenai National Forest build a new trail to a stunning view from a forest fire lookout overlooking the Clark Fork River and the proposed Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness northeast of Lake Pend Oreille.
The Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness already has put in multiple days of routing, brushing, log cutting and carving the tread to the Star Peak Lookout over the past two years.
The peak where an historic lookout is located formerly was known as Squaw Peak.
- The next work party is set for Friday ( Aug. 9). Meet at the trailhead (see map) at 9 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (10 a.m. Mountain).
Following work days are Aug. 23 plus the weekend of Sept. 21-22.
The group also has set work days on the South Fork of Ross Creek on Aug. 16 and Morris Creek in the Lightning Creek drainage on National Public Lands Day, Sept. 28.
"We are getting close, and I am very confident we will finish this trail this summer," said Sandy Compton, FSPW program coordinator. The Forest Service trail crew cut the rest of the trail out last week. If it's really warm, we will hike up to where the the new trail meets the old single track and work down the hill in the shade.
The friends group isn't all work and no play. See the FSPW list of guided hikes designed to familiarize the public with the official wilderness in waiting.
To sign-up and help with the trail projects, contact Sandy Compton, (208) 290-1281.