Cedar Lakes hike
Photos from Bob Hosea's hike in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness
June 9, 2010
Bob Hosea took a hike to Cedar Lakes in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness on Saturday, June 5th. Here is his report:
"The Cedar lakes trailhead #141 is located on the Cedar Creek Road #402, which is just west of Libby a few miles.
The trail to the lakes was in pretty good shape. There were a few trees across the trail and there were many areas where water was running down the trail. I did get into snow just below the lower lake, but I was able to walk on top of most of it. Both lakes were still covered with ice, but it looked like the ice was melting pretty fast.
I didn't see much for wildlife on this trip other than grouse. The creek was running a little high, but it wasn't dirty at all and it made for some great pictures. There were also many, many wildflowers along the trail which include Western Wake Robin, Yellow Violet and also some Yellow Fawn Lily or Glacier Lily. I didn't find a single wood tick on me. The entire trip was just under eleven miles with an elevation gain of approximately 3000 feet to the upper lake. It took me approximately four hours to get in to the upper lake. It had rained the night before and when I first got to the upper lake there was a lot of fog covering the lake and you could only see the lower part of Dome Mountain which sits behind the lake. After a while the fog finally lifted and both the lake and Dome Mountain were visible again.
I didn't see any other hikers on this trip. But, according to the trailhead sign-in cards that I read on my way out, there had been a few people that had walked part way in, just not all the way to the lakes."
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Editorís Note: If anyone has questions about this hike or would like to talk with Bob about hiking around Libby, he can be reached at: email@example.com