Scottish Lakes High Camp for Sale
One of Washington's iconic backcountry retreats is for sale. Scottish Lakes High Camp, snuggled up near the Alpine Lakes Wilderness about 17 miles west of Leavenworth, is on the market for the first time in more than 20 years.It includes 20 acres of property plus a day lodge and 9 cabins, as well as vehicles and other amenities.
One of Washington's iconic backcountry retreats is for sale. Scottish Lakes High Camp, snuggled up near the Alpine Lakes Wilderness about 17 miles west of Leavenworth, is on the market for the first time in nearly 20 years. It includes 20 acres of property, a day lodge and 9 cabins, as well as vehicles and other amenities.
Because this place is so unique -- there is nothing comparable in the state -- and because the welcoming atmosphere is incredibly important to maintain, the owner, Chris Hanson, is "dedicated to take the time to find the right buyers for this incredible destination and community." It takes a lot of work to run the High Camp, and since her husband's passing, Hanson has decided that selling the property is the right thing to do.
Over the course of their ownership, the Hanson family has built and renovated several cabins, expanded the lodge, built and maintained extensive new backcountry hiking, ski and snowshoe trails and much more. But what has made High Camp such a wonderful place was the care and hospitality that guests enjoyed from their hosts during their stays. Hanson wants to make sure that the new owners will carry on the special spirit that the High Camp is known for.
If you haven't been to Scottish Lakes High Camp, you've been missing something. As Jeff Layton of the Seattle Times put it in a Christmas Day feature last year, there "is a feeling of genuine mountain living, far from civilization, where guests break from their urban malaise with days of choose-your-own-adventure skiing, and nights huddled around a woodstove."
In the winter the area around High Camp becomes a playground for cross-country skiers, snowshoers and sledders; in the summer it offers a shortcut to hike into a series of sweet, remote alpine lakes as well as ample mountain biking opportunities; and in the fall, the area is one of the best places in the state to view the golden larches. Vehicle access is restricted to High Camp, so visitors are likely only to see their cabin neighbors.
Details of what is for sale is on the Scottish Lakes High Camp website, but we thought we'd show you a few photos. Maybe ownership of a backcountry lodge is in your future?
"BackpackingRN" on May 01, 2014 06:44 AM
Oh, to dream...
In all seriousness, I do hope they find the right buyers...and as a relatively recent transplant, I now have yet one more place to add to my bucket list!
jazznbikes on May 02, 2014 03:32 PM
A group of us were also lucky enough to go on a guided tour across McCue Ridge in the fall when the colors were all in bloom. A fantastic place to see. I remember Don teasing me after I came back off a ridge hike telling him about my encountering with a rather large black bear. He said my hair was looking a little grayer. He told me in all his years up there that he had never encountered a bear.
The hike out to Larch Lake with all the fall colors was one of my favorite fall hikes. I was the only one on the trail out there and I only met up with one couple on the way back. Everyone should see this place at least once during each season.
Hopefully they find new hosts that are as nice as they were with a strong desire to keep this place available to the public.
They will be missed.
fox15rider on May 08, 2014 04:35 PM
l found my people at High Camp
"Don The NorthCascadesWanderer" on May 18, 2014 10:52 PM