Skoatl Point is a favorite hike so we try to plan for it each year. It is a wet route in the summer so we schedule our hike for late summer or early fall. This year we picked a fine day for the hike. We drove on the Jamieson Creek Forest Service Road for 28 km to Whitewood Lake, then we turned onto the Windy Lake Road (for 8 km). The road continues as a narrow double track (for 1.5 km) to the Skoatl trailhead.
The trail winds around the shores of Adler Lake for 1.3 km then starts to climb through a regenerated lodgepole pine forest to the base of the volcanic plug. Angular blocks of basalt litter the base of the hill.
The Skoatl Point hike is 8.6 km. Much of the route is a good trail in the forest, but the final section is a scramble on rock, not for everyone. There are good foot placements and handholds all the way up, but the route has some exposure too and the downclimb can be intimidating for some. For some of us, the scramble makes the hike interesting and enjoyable. The unique hike is in a remote backcountry area, all high on the Bonaparte Plateau.