Scotts Lake Via Big Meadow


Difficulty 3 Intermediate
Length 5.4 miles round trip
7250 feet
+1000, -1000 feet
Navigation Road and map
Time Half day
Season December through April
Snowmobiles Low
USGS Topo 7.5' series, Echo Peak, Freel Peak
Start Highway 89, 5.0 miles south of Meyers. There is a turnout on the north side of the road.


This tour to Scotts Lake gives you the feeling of seclusion as you navigate through woods. It is a good choice for strong beginner-intermediate skiers who want to get away from the very easy-to-follow routes and experience an intermediate tour that requires more difficult route-finding.

The Hope Valley Via Big Meadow and Scotts Lake tour is a one-way variation of the tour described here; instead of retracing your route back to the trailhead it includes a wonderful downhill run with lots of room to maneuver as you descend from Scotts Lake to Hope Valley. It also eliminates the need to descend the relatively steep, often heavily worn, section from Big Meadow back to the trailhead. It does, however, require a shuttle vehicle.

Regardless of whether you retrace your route or ski one-way to Hope Valley, at Scotts Lake you will find yourself to the south of Waterhouse Peak, Hope Valley is to the east, and the horizon to the east is dominated by Pickett and Hawkins peaks.

Mileage Log
Numbers in parentheses
correspond to mileage points on map

Miles: 0.0 - 0.4
Elevation change: +300, -50 feet

Begin by locating the trailhead on the south side of the highway and 50 yards east (uphill) from where Big Meadow Creek crosses the highway. From the trailhead (1) ski south along the east (left) side of Big Meadow Creek for 0.4 mile until you reach Big Meadow (2). Stay far enough to the left of the creek to avoid the brush.

Miles: 0.4 - 0.8
Elevation change: +50 feet

Ski southeast (left) through the meadow for 0.4 mile until you reach the location where Big Meadow Creek enters the meadow (3).

Miles: 0.8 - 1.4
Elevation change: +250 feet

Enter the woods and ski along the creek for 0.6 mile until you reach another meadow (4).

Miles: 1.4 - 2.7
Elevation change: +300, -50 feet

Locate the road on the far north (left) side of the meadow and ski east and then southeast on the road for a total of 1.3 miles until you reach Scotts Lake (5).

Miles: 2.7 - 5.4
Elevation change: +100, -900 feet

Retrace the route for 2.7 miles back to the trailhead (1).

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