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The Kootenai National Forest has more than 1,400 miles of trails and does not require back country or wilderness permits. Remote hiking areas include the Cabinet Wilderness, Ten Lakes and Northwest Peaks Scenic Areas, as well as 5 designated National Recreation Trails.

Hiking in the Kootenai Forest
Miles of hiking trails
The Kootenai National Forest offers millions of acres for the outdoor recreationist and more than 1,400 miles of trails. Backcountry or wilderness permits are not required on the Forest. Most lakes and streams offer good fishing for trout. Horseback riding is popular with many on the Forest trails.

The Kootenai Forest contains the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness Area, Ten Lakes Scenic Area, Northwest Peaks Scenic Area, Ross Creek Scenic Area, which are remote, high mountain areas with challenging backpacking and hiking opportunities. Trail maps and guide books are available at local sporting goods and book stores in Libby. Since part of the challenge of the experience is to test your navigation, map reading, and outdoor skills, we are not including trail maps with our descriptions here. Research the area in which you wish to hike, and learn what you can about what the area has to offer using your resources to plan your trip.

A word of caution about any outdoor recreation in remote areas, such as, but not limited to, the Wilderness and Scenic Areas. These areas offer tremendous backpacking and hiking experiences, but by nature they offer some risk in the event your are injured or in some way have an emergency in a remote area. Cell phones may not be able to get a signal in many of these areas and should not be relied upon to bring help in an emergency. Many areas are not frequently travelled by other visitors, and so help may be hours, if not days away if needed. Make sure to tell a responsible person about your route plans and expected times of arrival, and stick to those plans. When deciding on your route during the summer fire season, take into account alternative emergency escape routes that you may need to use in the event a wildfire cuts off your path. Be sure to either bring your own drinking water, or purification treatments, since surface water may contain organisms that can make you ill if you drink untreated stream water. Check in with local Forest Service offices before you leave to get the latest information about trail conditions and advisories for the area you plan to recreate. 

The chart below shows some, but not all, of the trails available for summer and winter use.

The Forest has five designated National Recreation Trails:
1. Trout Creek Loop Trail: 22 miles near Trout Creek
        Hiking in the scenic Bitteroot Range.
2. Pulpit Mountain Trail: 5 miles near Troy 
        Trail to Pulpit Mountain. (description)
3. Skyline Mountain Trail: 23 miles from Libby to the Yaak River Valley
        Trail goes between Libby to the Yaak with scenic views. (description)
4. Boulder-Vinal Trail: 19 miles near Mt. Henry & Vinal Creek Canyon
        Backcountry trail that traverses the flanks of Mt. Henry. (description)
5. Little North Fork Trail: Short trail near Lake Koocanusa
        Short trail that leads to a waterfall.

Trail Name & Info Trail Description Directions to Trailhead
Alexander Mountain Trail #270
Length: 3.5 miles 
West of Libby Dam & Koocanusa Reservoir

Trail Beginning: Road 228
Elevation: 2,830 feet

Trail End: Fleetwood Point
Elevation: 4,682 feet

This trail offers a scenic overlook of Lake Koocanusa after 1/2 mile on the trail and is suitable for a short hike to the overlook or for a more rugged day hike. No restrooms or stock facilities are available. From Libby, go northeast 12 miles on Highway 37. Turn left onto FDR 228 and travel for approximately 5 miles to the trailhead, before reaching Libby Dam. There is adequate parking at the trailhead for several vehicles. Paved road access.
Baree Creek Trail #489
Length: 1.5 miles
Southern end of Cabinet Mountain Wilderness area, east side of range

Trail Beginning: Silver Butte Road, Wilderness boundary
Elevation: 3,800 feet

Trail End: Cabinet Divide Trail 360; Elevation: 6,000 feet

Trail 489 passes the Baree Lake access trail at about 3.0 miles, and continues to the divide as the first portion of the popular Baree-Bear Lakes Loop. Use of the old cabin east of the lake is prohibited. During late July and August there is good huckleberry picking in this area. This trail is also used for ski touring in the winter months. This trail is within designated wilderness area, thus no motorized vehicles are permitted on this trail or within the wilderness boundary. (This applies to mountain bikes too.)  28 miles south Libby on US 2. Turn right onto Silver Butte Road 148 and continue 10 miles to the trailhead. Turn right at the trail sign and drive under the power line. Paved highway, then gravel and dirt road access. 

Baree Lake

Barren Peak Trail #6
Length: 8.0 miles 
South of Libby appx. 30 miles

Trail Beginning: Road 231
Elevation: 2,900 feet

Trail End: Trail 6, continues to Porcupine Mountain and beyond
Elevation: 5,000 feet.

The center 3 miles of the trail are in open
parks and offer excellent views of the South Cabinet mountains. Barren Lookout may be considered a destination from either end of the trail.
 
 

 

25 miles south of Libby on Highway 2. Turn right onto the Libby West Fisher Road. The first access is approximately 1 mile up this road, signed on the right, and begins immediately across the creek. The second access is 4.25 miles off US 2 on the same road and signed on the left. Paved highway, then gravel road access.
Bear Creek Ski Trail
Length: 3.5 miles total 
South of Libby appx. 8 miles.

Trail Beginning: Bear Creek parking area
Elevation: 2,800 feet

Trail End: Loop, Bear Creek parking area

This course consists of an easy, moderate, and difficult connecting loops, great for the beginner to the advanced. On a clear day these trails offer a spectacular view of the Cabinet Mountains.
 

 

7.5 miles south of  Libby on US 2. Turn right onto Bear Creek Road 278 and travel 1/2 mile to parking area on left. Paved highway, then gravel road access.
Bear Creek Snowmobile
Length: 11 miles 
Appx. 10 miles south of Libby

Trail Beginning: 2.5 miles on Road 278
Elevation: 2,800 feet

Trail End: End of road 278 Elevation: 4,000 feet

This is an easy 11-mile, one-way route which sidehills along the Big Cherry Creek valley bottom. On a clear winter day, this trip offers a spectacular view of the Cabinet Mountains. The snowmobiler can bear west before the bridge and continue on for another 3 miles to an outstanding cathedral-type dead end. Cable Creek road also branches off to the left approximately 2 miles before the end of Bear Creek road.  7.5 miles south of Libby on US 2. Turn right onto Bear Creek Road 278 and travel about 2.5 miles to where the snowplowing ends. This is adjacent to a private ranch where a small parking and turnaround area is located. No unloading ramp is available. Paved road then gravel road access. 
Bear Lakes Trail #531
Length: 3.0 miles 
South of Libby appx. 40 miles, southern end of the Cabinet Mtns

Trail Beginning: Trailhead Elevation: 3,700 feet

 Trail End: Junction with Trail 63; Elevation: 5,900 feet

The trails climbs steadily to near the top of a ridge. The access trail to Little Bear Lake is .3 mile before the junction. Middle Bear and Big Bear Lakes are reached by taking a right turn at the junction. A trail leads to the middle lake, and the big lake is reached by a short bushwack further to the north. The Bear Lakes Trail is a portion of the Baree-Bear Loop and are within the Cabinet Wilderness Area. No motorized vehicles are permitted on this trail or within the wilderness boundary (including mountain bikes). On the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness Map this trail is designated as Trail 178. 28 miles south of Libby on US 2. Turn right onto Silver Butte Road 148 and travel approximately 9 miles to the trail sign. Turn right and continue .1  mile under the power line. Ample parking is available at the trailhead. Paved road, then gravel road access.
Bighorn Trail #120
Length: 4.5 miles
West of Libby following north side of Kootenai River appx. 7 miles.

Trail Beginning: End of Kootenai River Road
Elevation: 2,100 feet

Trail End: Kootenai River and sidehill

This pre/historic trail follows the river through old orchards and bighorn sheep ranges. Eagles, osprey, river otters, and Harlequin ducks may be seen as well as an abundance of wildlife. This is a very popular trail and benches are located throughout the course. Fishing along the river is excellent. From Libby, turn off Highway 37 onto Kootenai River Road just over the Kootenai River Bridge. Follow for approximately 7 miles to the trailhead at the end of the road. Paved road access.
Big horn sheep
Blacktail Trail #536
Length: 5.0 miles 
South of Libby appx. 35 miles

Trail Beginning: Trail 293 Elevation: 3,580 feet

Trail End: Trail 343
Elevation: 5,560 feet

This trail climbs steeply for the first 3 miles to the ridgetop, hiking then becomes easier and scenic vistas can be enjoyed. This trail is suitable for rugged day hikes and short backpacking trips. There is adequate parking at Waloven-Himes trailhead for 2 vehicles, but turnaround space is limited. No restrooms or stock facilities are available. 28 miles south of  Libby on US 2. Turn right onto Road 148 and travel 3.5 miles to Road 154. Proceed 4.3 miles to Waloven-Himes Trailhead 293 and follow 1 mile to the signed junction with Blacktail Trail 536. Paved road, then gravel road access.
Blue Mountain Snowmobile
Length: 12 miles (one way) 
Northwest of Libby appx. 8 miles

Trail Beginning: Junction Blue Creek and Pipe Creek roads Elevation: 2,741 feet.

Trail End: Blue Mountain Lookout
Elevation: 6,040 feet

This route takes you up to the Blue Mountain Lookout tower which offers a spectacular view of  the Cabinet Mountains to the west and south, and over to the Rockies of Glacier on the east.  From Libby, travel north on Highway 37 over the Kootenai River bridge and approximately 1/2 mile then turn left onto Pipe Creek road.. Follow 7.6 miles to the Blue Creek road and the parking area on the right, which is plowed and marked. Paved road access.
Blue Mountain Trail #12.2
Length: 2.5 miles
Approx. 20 miles northwest of Libby

Trail Beginning: SW of Blue Mountain
Elevation: 4,950 feet

Trail End: Blue Mountain Lookout
Elevation: 6,040 feet

This is a good family outing for a short trip, moderately difficult hike. The top 1/2 mile of the trail is fairly steep, but offers outstanding views of the Cabinet Mountains. From Libby, travel north on Highway 37 for 6 miles. Turn left on Rainy Creek Road 401 and travel 9 miles. Turn left on Road 4864 and follow 3.5 miles. Turn left at the far side of an old clear-cut (no road number) and  follow trail signs to the upper left corner of the clear-cut. The trail is on the right. Paved road, then gravel/dirt road access.
Bramlet Lake Trail #658
Length: 1 mile 
Appx. 35 miles south of Libby

Trail Beginning: Road 2332 Elevation: 4,700 feet

Trail End: Lower Bramlet Lake
Elevation: 5,600 feet

The trailhead begins at the Branigan Mine, which used to yield gold in days gone by. The entrance to the mine can be seen on the hillside across the creek. From Libby, travel 26 miles south on US 2, turning right onto the West Fisher Road 231. Continue 6 miles to the junction with Lake Creek Campground road and turn right. Travel 2 miles to the old cabins at the Branigan Mine, then park and follow the road. Paved road, then gravel road access.
Burke Lake Trail #170
Length: 1.3 miles
Yaak area near Northwest Peaks Scenic Area

Trail Beginning: Road 338

Trail End: Burke Lake
Elevation: 6,140 feet

Burke Lake is a small lake surrounded by trees with a view of Northwest Peak. This is a nice, short summer hike through scattered timber and small clearings. Snows at the upper elevations make this trail accessible only from mid-June through September.  From Yaak Highway 92, turn onto Road 338 near the Pete Creek Campground and follow it for approximately 18 miles. Park and hike the last mile to the lake. Paved road then gravel road access.
Cabinet Divide Trail #360
Length: 6.1 miles
South Cabinet Mountains, about 40 miles south of Libby

Trail Beginning: Road 148
Elevation: 4,360 feet

Trail End: Road 2220
Elevation 5,800 feet

The Cabinet Divide Trail offers a variety of hiking opportunities, from short backpacking trips to rugged day
hikes. Trailhead parking accommodates 4 cars, but there is limited turnaround space. No stock facilities are available.
Travel 28 miles south of Libby on US 2, then turn right onto the Silver Butte Road 148. Drive about 14 miles to Silver Butte Pass. Turn right onto the spur road and follow approximately 1 mile to the signed trailhead. Paved road, then gravel road access.
Caribou Trail #56
Length: 3.0 miles
In the Yaak area

Trail Beginning: Road 5807

Trail End: Caribou

The trail begins on a logging road and
runs uphill through a lodgepole pine stand. Gaining elevation, the trail sidehills around Caribou Mountain and fades out near the US/Canada border. There are natural clearings and openings, offering excellent views of the valley and up into Canada and opportunities to see wildlife.
From Caribou Campground, follow the Yaak Highway 92 west .30 mile. Turn and travel Road 5800 to the trailhead. Paved road, then gravel road access.
Cedar Creek Trail #141
Length: 1.3 miles
Appx. 6 miles west of Libby into the Cabinet Wilderness Area 

Trail Beginning: Cedar Creek Road 402

Trail End: Trail entends into the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

This trail runs adjacent to Cedar Creek
for its entire length and enters the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness Area. A lower portion of the trail was once used as a wagon road for early-day mining. About .8 mile beyond the trailhead, Scenery Mountain Trail 649 departs to the right. Trail 141 passes Lower Cedar Lake at about 5 miles and reaches Upper Cedar Lake at the junction. No motorized vehicles are permitted and no vehicles are allowed within the wilderness boundary.
From Libby, travel 4.5 miles west on Highway 2. Turn left onto Cedar Creek road and travel 2.5 miles to the trailhead. Parking room is ample. Paved road, then gravel road access.
Coyote Ridge Trail #5.2
Length: 3.0 miles
Southeast of Libby appx 28 miles

Trail Beginning: Tepee Creek Road 6740
Elevation: 4,400 feet

Trail End: Road 6740
Elevation: 3,600 feet

This trail offers an excellent day-hike  opportunity. By using two vehicles, and
parking at the lower and upper access, a one direction (2-4 hours) hike is provided. This trail provides views of the south central portion of the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness to the east and Brush Mountain to the northwest.
From Libby, travel 20.5 miles southeast on Highway 2. Turn left on Tepee Creek Road 6740 and travel 2.3 miles. The first trail access is on the right; follow Road 6740 another 4.3 miles to the second. Paved road, then gravel road access.
Divide Trail #6
Length: 9.0 miles
Appx. 20 miles northeast of Libby

Trail Beginning: Road 535
Elevation: 3,520 feet

Trail End: Hunter Creek Road (Plum Creek PVT land
Elevation: 3,320 feet

This trail offers several scenic views of the Cabinet Mountains. Used primarily by horsemen, this trail offers a nice day hike or short backpacking trips No restrooms or stock facilities are available. Travel 12 miles northeast of Libby on Highway 37. Turn right onto Road 534 and travel 9 miles to the junction with Road 535. Follow 1.5 miles and turn right at the directions to Divide Trail 6. There is limited parking available at the gate. Follow the road on foot about 1/25 mile to the signed trailhead
East Fork Pipe Creek-Baldy Snowmobile Trail
Length: 15 miles (one way)
Northwest of Libby appx. 18 miles

Trail Beginning: Pipe Creek
Elevation: 3,162 feet

Trail End: Where trail loops to Big Creek Baldy Lookout
Elevation: 5,768 feet

This 30-mile groomed loop trip, which
can include a short side trip to Big Creek
Baldy Lookout, offers views of the Yaak and Kootenai River areas. Wood is
scarce, so provide wood from lower trail if a fire is desired. Watch for ski tourers.
From Libby, follow the Pipe Creek road for 18 miles to Junction with East Fork Pipe Creek Road 336. Park in the plowed area.
Paved road access.
Fisher Divide Trail #5.1
Length: 6.5 miles
Appx. 27 miles south of Libby

Trail Beginning: Tepee Lake Elevation: 4,200 feet

Trail End: Just below top of Brush Mountain
Elevation: 5,500 feet

This trail offers a nice experience for  horseback or mountain bike use, though it is also a fine hiking experience and is mostly located on or near ridgetops, offering beautiful views of the Cabinet Mountains. From Libby, 20.5 miles southeast on US 2.
Turn left on Tepee Creek Road 6740 and travel 7.3 miles to Tepee Lake. The trail is signed and takes off near the eastside of the lake. It begins as an old ‘two-track’ road. Paved road, then gravel road access.
Flagstaff Mountain Trail #43
Length: 2 miles
Approx. 18 miles northwest of Libby

Trail Beginning: Road 4690
Elevation: 4,695 feet

Trail End: Flagstaff Mountain Elevation: 6,075 feet

The Flagstaff Mountain Trail offers an excellent, relatively easy hike for the   family. The trail winds through grassy meadows and follows a gentle ridge to  the summit of Flagstaff Mountain.  The Selkirk Mountains of Idaho, the Purcell and Cabinet Mountains of Montana, and the Kootenai Valley can be seen. No     motorized vehicles are allowed. From Libby, travel 1/2 mile north on Highway 37, crossing the Kooteani River. Turn left on River Road and travel 4 miles to Quartz Creek Road 500. Turn and follow for 5 miles. Turn left on the West Fork Road until it ends at a ‘T’ junction just after crossing the West Fork of Quartz Creek. Turn left and follow to Road 4690, approximately 7.3 miles. Paved road, then gravel road access.
Flatiron Mountain Trail
Length: 1.5 miles 
Appx. 22 miles northwest of Libby up Pipe Creek

Trail Beginning: Rainbow Ridge
Elevation: 4,800 feet

Trail End: Top of Flatiron Mountain
Elevation: 5,891 feet

There is no trail on Flatiron Mountain, but
the open ridge is easy to follow and offers beautiful views of the Yaak and Kootenai areas. This is an excellent family trip.
From Libby, turn onto the PipeCreek road and travel north 22 miles to the Rainbow Lake road. Turn left and take the third right, turning at the road forks. Parking is available at the end of this road. Follow the trail signs. Paved road, then gravel road access.
Flower Creek Trail #137
Length: 6.5 miles
Appx..7 miles south of Libby

Trail Beginning: Parking area on Road 128
Elevation: 3,700 feet

Trail End: Lower Sky Lake
Elevation: 6,200 feet

The first 2 miles the trail are on a south
slope above Flower Creek. At about 3
miles, it takes off through a campsite on the left. At about 4.5 miles, Trail 317
forks to the right, towards the Cabinet Divide trail and Minor Lake. No motorized vehicles are permitted on this trail, and no vehicles are allowed within  the wilderness boundary. The Flower Creek trailhead also provides access to Indianhead Trail, Parmenter Creek 140 Cutoff, and the Flower Lake trail. The Flower Creek road is closed seasonally for wildlife habitat protection, but is generally open from June through September.
From Libby, travel .3 mile south on US 2. Turn on the Golf Course Hill road, turning left at the 3-way intersection. Follow the Snowshoe road for 1/2 mile and turn right on Granite Creek road. Travel 1 mile and take Flower Creek Road 128 for 5 miles to the trailhead. Ample parking is provided. Mostly gravel road access.
Fourth Of July Trail #115
Length: 2.3 miles 
South of Libby appx 30 miles.

Trail Beginning: Road 2332
Elevation: 3,800 feet

Trail End: Trail 656
Elevation: 5,200 feet

This trail is located in lodgepole forest for  most of its distance and crosses the creektwice. The trail gives access to the Geiger Lakes basin. There is a stock ramp at the trailhead. No motorized vehicles are permitted on this trail. No vehicles are allowed within the wilderness boundary. From Libby, travel south 24 miles on US 2. Turn right onto West Fisher Road 231 and follow for approximately 6 miles to the junction with the Lake Creek Road. Turn left and follow .8 mile to the Lake Creek Campground/Bramlet Lake Junction. Turn right and travel 1 mile. The trailhead is located on the left as the road switches back to the right. Paved road, then gravel road access.
Geiger Lakes Trail #656
Length: 1.5 miles
Appx. 32 miles south of Libby, in the Cabinet Wilderness

Trail Beginning: Trailhead
Elevation: 3,666 feet

Trail End: Junction with Cabinet Divide Trail 360
Elevation: 6,000 feet

This trail takes you past Lower and Upper Geiger Lakes. Lower Geiger Lake is reached at about 2 miles. The trail continues to Trail 48 which leads to Upper Geiger Lake. Trail 656 climbs and continues to Lost Buck Pass and Trail 360, offering scenic views including an overlook to the west into Wanless Lake. One campsite at Lower Geiger Lake is closed and the use of fire is prohibited in the lower lake basin. No motorized vehicles are permitted on this trail. No vehicles are allowed within the wilderness boundary. From Libby, 24 miles South on US2. Turn right onto West Fisher Road231 and continue for 6 miles. Turn left on the Lake Creek road and after 1/2 mile. Tturn left again on the Geiger Lakes road and continue 2 miles to the parking area. The trail leaves the road about 100 feet before the parking area. Paved road, then gravel road access.
Geiger Lakes
Goat Mountain Trail #148
Length: 1.5 miles 

Trail Beginning: Road 4555
Elevation: 3,400 feet

Trail End: Goat Mountain
Elevation: 5,416 feet

After following a creek bed for .3 miles, the trail changes to a moderately steep hike. It follows a sidehill with narrow tread in a few spots. The Cabinet Mountains can be viewed from the top of Goat Mountain. From the junction of US 2 and Iron-Grouse Road, travel south on Iron-Grouse 4 miles to the junction with FS Road 4555. Turn and follow to the trailhead. Paved, then gravel road access.
Granite Creek Trail #136
Length: 6.25 miles
Appx. 10 miles south of Libby, into the Cabinet Wilderness Area

Trail Beginning: End of Road 618
Elevation: 3,200 feet

Trail End: Granite Lake
Elevation: 4,600 feet

This is an easy trail throughout most of its length, and continues on into the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness. Granite Creek falls and campsite are located about 2 miles up the trail in a cedar and hemlock forest. A magnificent view of ‘A’ Peak is obtained at Granite Lake. No motorized vehicles are permitted on this trail, and no vehicles are allowed within the wilderness boundary. From Libby, travel 2 miles south on US 2. Turn right onto the Golf Course Hill, then left at 3-way intersection at the top. Follow the Snowshoe road for 1/2 mile, then turn onto Granite Creek Road 618. The trailhead is approximately 8 miles down the road. Horse trailer parking is provided .3 mile from the trailhead. Paved, then gravel road access.
Grouse Lake Trail #423
Length: 1.5 miles 
Approx. 7 miles south of Troy

Trail Beginning: Road 473

Trail End: Grouse Lake

A superb hike for families, this trail has
only a few steep sections. It follows a
creek bed most of the way and has excellent tread throughout. Even though the trail is short and close to town, the sense of remoteness is outstanding.
From US 2 near Troy, take the Lake Creek road south approximately 6.5 miles to the trailhead. Paved road, then gravel road access.
Henry Lakes Trail #7
Length: 3.7 miles 
Appx. 60 miles northeast of Troy

Trail Beginning: Road 6034

Trail End: Mt. Henry
Elevation: 7,243 feet

This trail takes you through the forest to Mt.Henry Lake, which sits at the base of Henry Mountain. The trail is mostly through trees with occasional glimpses
of the valley. Mt. Henry Lakes has a dispersed campsite. There is heavy timber on the trail side of the small lake, and talus rock on the back side.
From Troy, drive northeast 59 miles on FDR 92. Turn south on Road 6035 and follow it for approximately 2.5 miles to the junction with Road 6034. Turn and follow this road for about 4 miles to the end of the road and the trailhead. Paved road, then gravel road access.
Himes Spring Creek Trail #343
Length: 2.2 miles
South of Libby appx. 40 miles

Trail Beginning: Trail 293
Elevation: 3,380 feet

Trail End: Blacktail Peak
Elevation: 4,400 feet 

The trail climbs steeply for its entire length and is suitable for rugged day hikes or short backpacking trips. There is adequate parking at the Waloven-Himes trailhead for 2 vehicles, but turn-around space is limited. No restrooms or stock facilities are available. Drive 28 miles south Libby on US 2. Turn right onto Silver Butte Road 148 and travel 3.5 miles to East Fisher Road 154. Proceed 4.3 miles to Waloven-Himes Trailhead 293, then 3 miles to the signed junction with Himes Spring Creek Trail 343. Paved road, then gravel road access.
Horse Mountain-Libby Divide Trail #716
Length: 6.25 miles
South of Libby appx. 30 miles

Trail Beginning: Ridge dividing Howard Creek and Miller Creek
Elevation: 4,450 feet

Trail End: Horse Mountain
Elevation: 5,200 feet

This trail offers a ridgetop hiking experience with many scenic vistas along the way. The trail is gentle except for the first and last .5 mile stretches. For more information on this trail, see Miller Creek - Libby Divide and Swamp Creek - Libby Divide From Libby, drive 25 miles south on US, then turn right on Miller Creek Road 385. Follow for 2 miles. Turn left, crossing Miller Creek, and travel 5 miles. Turn right at the first road junction, then left at the second junction. The trail is on the right and is signed. Paved road, then gravel access
Hoskins Lake Trail #162
Length: 1.9 miles
North of Libby

Trail Beginning: Road 746
Elevation: 3,240 feet

Trail End: Road 746
Elevation: 3,160 feet

This trail offers hikers and fishermen  easy access to fishing at Hoskins Lake. Camping areas are available within 100 yards of the water at either end of the lake, and a path provides good access to the west side. There is no developed drinking water. Turn north on Venal Lake Road 746 from South Fork Pipe Creek Road 68 and travel 7.3 miles north. Parking is available for 3 vehicles at the trailhead. Paved road, then gravel road access.
Kenelty Mountain Lookout Trail #104
Length: 2.5 miles 
South of Libby appx 36 miles, north of the Historic Raven Ranger Station

Trail Beginning: Road 761
Elevation: 4,520 feet

Trail End: Junction Trail 6
Elevation: 5,760 feet

This is a ridgetop trail that junctions with
Divide Trail 6, providing scenic views of the Cabinet Mountains. This trail is used primarily by horsemen but is good for an average day hike and short backpacking trips. No restrooms or stock facilities are available.
From Libby, drive south 33 miles on US 2. Turn left onto Road 761 just past the Historic Raven Ranger Station. Travel approximately 3 miles, then turn right onto an unnumbered spur road and drive to the end. Paved road most of the way, then gravel/dirt road access.
Kootenai Creek Trail #218
Length: 2.5 miles
Near Kooteani Falls, between Libby & Troy

Trail Beginning: US 2, N of Kootenai Falls footbridge
Elevation: 1,160 feet

Trail End: Forest Service Road 4445
Elevation: 4,180 feet

After crossing the Swinging Bridge, this
trail follows Kootenai Creek up and around the open faces above Kootenai Falls before tieing into Kootenai Mountain road. A rather steep trail, it offers excellent views of the river and falls. Opportunities for viewing bighorn sheep and wildlife are plentiful.
From Troy, E 6 miles on US Highway 2. Paved highway access.
Leigh Lake Trail #132
Length: 1.5 miles
In the Cabinet Wilderness, approx. 15 miles southwest of Libby

Trail Beginning: End of Road 4786
Elevation: 4,200 feet

Trail End: Leigh Lake
Elevation: 5,200 feet

This is a short, steep trail that is heavily used as an access point into the Cabinet
Mountains Wilderness. Mountain goats
are often seen on the slopes above Leigh
lake. No camping is allowed within 300
feet of the lake. No motorized vehicles are permitted on this trail, and no vehicles are allowed within the wilderness boundary.
From Libby, drive 7 miles south on US 2. Turn right on the Bear Creek Road and travel 3 miles to Cherry Creek Road 867. Turn right and follow for approximately 4 miles. Turn right on Leigh Creek Road 4786 and follow 2 miles to the trailhead.
Little Spar Lake Trail #143
Length: 3.0 miles
Apprx. 4 miles west of Bull Lake, 15 miles south of Troy

Trail Beginning: Road 384
Elevation: 3,610 feet

Trail End: Little Spar Lake
Elevation: 5,200 feet

This trail is only open for a short period of time during the summer months. The area is showing signs of impacts from campers, so the Forest Service requests visitors use low impact camping away from the lake. Just beyond Spar Creek, the cliffs and pinnacles of Spar Peak are visible from the trail, which remains on a sidehill most of the way. It follows the creek up a steep narrow valley with avalanche chutes and steep rock walls where mountain goats may occasionally be viewed. Due to heavy snows and high water flows in the creek, this trail is only open for a short period of time in the summer months.  From Junction of US 2, take the Bull Lake Road south appx 10 miles to Road 384. Follow signs to the Spar Lake Road and to the trailhead and parking area. Paved road, then gravel road access.
Miller Ridge Trail #506
Length: 4.5 miles
South of Libby approx. 27 miles with views of the Cabinets.

Trail Beginning: Road 385
Elevation: 3,400 feet

Trail End: Junction with Horse Mountain/Libby Divide Trail

This trail offers outstanding views of the Cabinet Mountains to the west and Teeters Peak to the south. The trail starts on a fairly steep south slop, then switchbacks up to a more gentle ridgetop area, then climbs to the Libby Divide Trail. This trail is a nice ridgetop hiking or stock use experience. From Libby, travel 25 miles south on US 2. Turn right onto Miller Creek Road 385 and travel approximately 2 miles. The trailhead is signed on the right side of the road junction. Highway, then gravel road access.
Noisy Creek Trail #263
Length: 4 miles
North of Libby appx 13 miles up Pipe Creek Rd

Trail Beginning: Road 68
Elevation: 2,900 feet

Trail End: Ridge south of Gold Hill
Elevation: 4,800 feet

This trail is lightly used and accesses remote unroaded country, making it an excellent trip for those seeking solitude. There is a good campsite at the trail's end. From Libby, travel across the bridge over the Kootenai River and drive 1/2 mile north on Highway 37. Turn left onto Pipe Creek Road 68 and follow for it for about 13 miles. The signed trail is on the right, approximately .3 mile north of Carrie Creek. Paved road, then gravel/dirt road access.
Northwest Peak Trail #169
Length: 2.3 miles
In the Yaak

Trail Beginning: Forest Road 538
Elevation: 6,200 feet

Trail End: Northwest Peak
Elevation: 7,705 feet

This trail offers a nice hiking experience in the forest. The lower half of the trail is the easiest climb, with an average grade of 10 percent. The climb to the top of Northwest Peak has grades from 10 to
35 percent. Drinking water is not available enroute. The trail is closed to motorized travel from April 1 to November 30.
From Troy, travel west 10 miles on US 2. Turn north onto Highway 508/Yaak Road 92 and follow to Pete Creek Road 338, approximately 20+ miles. Turn northwest and follow approximately 22 miles to the trailhead. Parking is available for 2 vehicles. Paved road, then gravel road access.
Old Highway #2 Trail, Hiking & Biking
Length: 2 miles
Appx. 5 miles southeast of Troy on Bull Lake Rd, Hwy 56, near Shannon Lake junction

Trail Beginning: Shannon Lake road parking area
Elevation: 2,320 feet

Trail End: Picnic area
Elevation: 2,180 feet

This trail is part of the old windy highway from Libby to Troy. It is an easy hike and offers spectacular views of the Kootenai River. Although an old dirt road that is now overgrown with softwoods and wildflowers, the path may be easily followed. From Troy, travel south 3 miles on US 2 to the junction of Montana 56 (Bull Lake Rd) and follow for approximately 2 miles to the Shannon Lake junction. Turn and follow .3 mile to the parking area. Directional signs lead to the trailhead. Paved road access.
Olson Creek Trail #415
Length: 3.5 miles 
South of Libby appx 35 miles off the Silver Butte Rd.

Trail Beginning: Road 148
Elevation: 3,380 feet

Trail End: Trail 6
Elevation: 4,400 feet

This trail offers opportunities for average day hikes and short backpacking trips. Parking is limited to turnouts, located within 1/2 mile above and below the trailhead. No stock facilities or restrooms are available. From Libby, travel south 28 miles on US 2. Turn right onto Silver Butte Road 148 and travel approximately 7 miles to Olsen Creek. The trailhead is signed. Paved road, then gravel road access.
Parmenter Creek Trail #140
Length: 8.5 miles

Trail Beginning: Parmenter Hill Road
Elevation: 2,400 feet

Trail End: Junction of Trails 141 and 360 at Upper Cedar Lake
Elevation: 5,900 feet

This trail is accessed near the town of Libby and can take you to Minor Lake, Parmenter Pass, and Upper Cedar Lake in the Cabinet Wilderness area. At 2 miles, this trail meets Trail 15 and continues to the right for 4 miles to the junction with Trail 317 to Minor Lake. Trail 140 continues to the right and climbs steeply to the North Fork of Parmenter Pass, gaining 2,200 feet in just over 2 miles. The trail then drops into Upper Cedar Lake. No motorized vehicles are permitted on this trail, and no vehicles are allowed within the wilderness boundary. From Highways 2 and 37 in the town of Libby, go west 1 block. Turn left on Main Street and follow to Balsam. Turn right and cross Flower Creek bridge. Turn left and drive .4 mile, turning right up Parmenter Hill. At top of hill take the first right and follow the main road to a ‘Y.’ Take the unpaved left fork about 200 yards to the trailhead sign. Paved road access.
Pete Creek Snowmobile
Length: 18.0 miles 
The Yaak, approx. 55 miles from Troy

Trail Beginning: 36 miles North Troy
Elevation: 3,000 feet on FDR 92

Trail End: Extends up to Northwest Peaks Scenic Area
Elevation: 6,500 feet

This is an intermittently groomed snowmachine trail that offers many open areas and excellent views of the Canadian Rockies and Northwest Peaks, which border Idaho. The trail follows Pete Creek and crosses the West Fork of the Yaak River. Intermittently groomed by the State of Montana and Lincoln County Sno-Kats Snowmobile Club, this route is a good run and accesses numerous play areas. Weather changes rapidly in this area; be prepared. From Troy, drive northeast 36 miles on FDR 92 to Road 338. Plowed parking is available at the turnoff. Follow to the Hawkins Lake area, approximately 18 miles. Paved, then gravel road access.
Pulpit Mountain NRT #366 
Length: 5.0 miles 
Northeast of Troy appx. 15 miles

Trail Beginning: Road 4439/4441
Elevation: 4,680 feet

Trail End: Road 331
Elevation: 2920 feet

NATIONAL RECREATION TRAIL
This is an easy hike from Pulpit Mountain down the ridgeline to Rabbit Creek. The trail offers nice views all along it. Below Pulpit Mountain, the trail becomes a bit unclear, but can be found easily if you follow the ridgeline.
From the junction of Kootenai River Road and Road 331, just east of Troy, follow Road 331 to the Lynx Creek Road. Turn and travel .6 mile to Road 4433, turn and follow for .8 mile. Turn left onto Road 4439 and follow for 1 mile to Road 4441. The trailhead is approximately 2 miles north of the junction The final 3.5 miles are rough and not suitable for sedans. Gravel and dirt road access.
Purcell Mountains Snowmobile
Length: 70 miles

Elevation: 4200 feet

There is usually enough snowfall in this area by Thanksgiving to enjoy snowmobiling, often through April. Snowmobilers share this area with cross-country skiers who also like the easy grades and scenery, so caution is urged. There are many secondary roads to explore that go off from this main route. The trip to the reservoir is a long, very scenic ride. The nearest plowed access to the far end is at Koocanusa Bridge, another 9 miles. There are approximately 70 miles of groomed snowmobile routes in this area. From Libby, cross the bridge over the Kootenai River on Hwy 37 and go1/2 mile north to Pipe Creek Road 68. Turn left and follow 19 miles to the trailhead which is immediately adjacent to the road. Paved road access.
Purcell Trail #7
Length: 7 miles 
North of Libby appx 25 miles on Pipe Creek Road

Trail Beginning: Road 4216D
Elevation:  5,200 feet

Trail End: Zulu Creek trail junction
Elevation: 6,200 feet
 

This trail was reopened in 1986 after being abandoned in the 1940's. It receives very light use and provides an excellent horseback opportunity. From Libby, cross the bridge over the Kootenai River and drive north 1/2 mile on Highway 37. Turn left on Pipe Creek Road 68 and travel 19 miles to a 3-way junction. Go straight for 1/2 mile on Road 112. Follow Road 6783 when it switches back to the left and travel 4.3 miles to Road 4716. Turn left and follow 2 miles, then right on Road 4716 for 1/2 mile. Paved road access, then gravel.
Ross Creek Trail #142
Length: 4.5 miles
Ross Creek Scenic area, 21 miles south of Troy

Trail Beginning: Ross Creek Scenic Area at end of Road 398

Trail End: Sawtooth Mountain; access to Scotchman Peaks area

This trail follows Ross Creek the entire distance, and is an excellent day hike through a closed canopy of cedar and hemlock trees. Enjoy the sounds and smells of the forest as you hike along this trail. During high runoff fording the creek may be difficult, so caution should be exercised. South of Troy approximately 21 miles on Montana 56, then West 4 miles on Road 398.
Scenery Mountain Lookout Trail #649
Length: 5.0 miles
Northern end of the Cabinet Mtn Wilderness area, 7 miles west of Libby

Trail Beginning: Trail 141
Elevation: 2,800 feet

Trail End: Scenery Mountain Lookout
Elevation: 6,876 feet

Scenery Mountain Lookout is located in the northern end of the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness Area and has a commanding view of the Kooteanai River Valley and Libby area. The first section of this trail is the easiest and follows Cedar Creek for approximately .8 mile. The tail then climbs and becomes more difficult after reaching the junction. Trail 319 traverses the ridge to the west to Grambauer Mountain. The lookout is manned seasonally from June 15 to September 15. Located within the wilderness area, no motorized vehicles are permitted on this trail, and no vehicles are allowed within the wilderness boundary. From Libby, go west 4.5 miles on US 2. Turn left onto Cedar Creek Road 402 and follow 2.5 miles to Cedar Creek Trail 141, which provides access to the Scenery Mountain Trail. Ample parking and stock loading ramp are provided. Paved road acceess.
Shafer Creek Trail #226
Length: 6.5 miles
Northwest of Libby appx. 14 miles up Pipe Creek Rd. Big Creek Baldy Lookout area.

Trail Beginning: Road 68
Elevation: 2,950 feet

Trail End: Big Creek Baldy Lookout
Elevation: 5,768 feet

The upper portion of this trail is used by people renting the Big Creek Baldy Lookout. This trail offers a good opportunity for the day hiker or horseback riders. The bottom 4 miles goes through areas with tree snags that are home to bird species such as the pileated woodpecker and several types of owls. The upper stretch follows old clearcuts and natural openings and is marked with rock cairns (rock stacks) to show the way.  From Libby, travel across the Kootenai River bridge north 1/2 mile on Highway 37. Turn left onto Pipe Creek Road 68 and follow it for 14 miles to the trailhead, which will be on the right. Paved road access.
Silver Butte Creek Trail #296
Length: 3.4 miles 
Approx. 38 miles south of Libby on the Silver Butte Rd, south Cabinet Mountains

Trail Beginning: Road 148
Elevation: 4,000 feet

Trail End: Sec.13. T25N R31W, Trail 360
Elevation: 6,240 feet

The Silver Butte Creek Trail has pretty views of Silver Butte, the Vermillion River and Noxon Reservoir areas. This trail makes a nice rugged day hikes or short or extended backpacking trips. Trail 296 passes a shallow, unnamed lake 3 miles from the trailhead. There is adequate parking at the trailhead for 3 vehicles. No restrooms or stock facilities are available. Travel 28 miles south Libby on US 2. Turn right on Silver Butte Road 148 and proceed for 10 miles to Powerline Road 2220. Turn right and travel 1 mile to the signed trailhead. Paved road and then gravel road access.
Skyline NRT #13
Length: 10.0 miles 
Northwest of Libby appx. 13 miles 

Trail Beginning: C Spur of Road 4654
Elevation: 5,200 feet

Trail End: Just west of O'Brien Mountain
Elevation: 6772 feet
(trail continues to Three Rivers Ranger District and ends approximately 2.5 miles above Yaak Falls)

NATIONAL RECREATION TRAIL
The Skyline Trail System is part of the  National Recreation Trail System and offers hikers or horsemen an excellent opportunity to view wildlife and see pretty country. The trail length and numerous camping spots make this an ideal 2-day hike. 
From Libby, travel over the bridge across the Kootenai River north  for 1/2 mile on Highway 37. Turn left onto River Road shortly after crossing the bridge and travel 4 miles. Turn right onto Quartz Creek Road 600 and follow it for 5 miles. After crossing the bridge, turn right onto Ransome Creek Road 4654. Follow this road for 7 miles, turn onto the C spur, and follow for 1/2 mile. Paved road, then gravel road access.
South Fork Callahan Trail #154
Length: 3.5 miles
Approximately 10 miles from Troy

Trail Beginning: Road 4541

Trail End: Lake Darling

This trail follows South Fork of Callahan Creek and passes through old growth timber stands as well as open areas where the Smith Mountain fire burned down to the creek. Remnants of an old log chute used to send logs down the valley to Troy are still visible. On the outskirts of Troy's city limits, follow Callahan Creek Road 414 approximately 10 miles to the junction with Road 4541 and the trailhead.
South Fork Ross Creek Trail #321
Length: 2.0 miles 
Ross Creek Cedars Grove area

Trail Beginning: Trail 142

Trail End: Junction Trail 321 and Trail 142

This trail follows Ross Creek the entire way. The trail begins about 2 miles along the Nature Trail through the Scenic Area. Begin this hike by fording Ross Creek. Trail 321 is overgrown and somewhat difficult to find, but once located, the trail is easy to follow to a waterfall and potential campsite. The side slope is eroded in a few places and should be hiked with caution. From Hwy 2 near Troy, take the Bull Lake Road south to the junction of Montana 56 and Road 398. Follow Road 398 to the Ross Creek Scenic Area. Follow the nature trail to Trail 142. The South Fork trail intersects Trail 142 approximately 2 miles from this junction. Paved road access the entire way. The road from the highway up to Ross Creek Scenic Area is narrow and windy with hikers and bike riders often on the road. Use caution.
Spar Peak Trail #324
Length: 3.2 miles
Spar Lake is west of Bull Lake appx.4 miles

Trail Beginning: Road 384
Elevation: 3,600 feet

Trail End: Spar Peak
Elevation: 6,585 feet

This trail is steep, but the view from the top is worth it. The trail goes through open meadows and old stands of hemlock and cedar trees. The ascent to the top will give you a workout. Use caution during wet weather as a portion of the trail has slick and rocky tread. From Hwy 2 near Troy, take the Lake Creek road turn and follow to Spar Lake. The trailhead is approximately 22 miles from the highway. All junctions are marked. Paved road, then gravel road access.
Standard Creek Trail #116
Length: 5.25 miles
South of Libby about 34 miles

Trail Beginning: Gate on Road 6745
Elevation: 3,500 feet

Trail End: Just south from top of Great Northern Mountain
Elevation: 6,500 feet

This trail climbs gently for the first mile, then climbs steeply. The end of the trail provides spectacular views of Upper Libby Creek, Elephant Peak, and the south Cabinet Mountains Wilderness.  This is an excellent horseback trail and also makes a good overnight hike. From Libby, go south 25 miles on US 2. Turn right on Libby Creek/Fisher River Road 231 and follow it for 7 miles. Turn left on Standard Creek Road 6745 and travel 1.5 miles to the trailhead. Paved road, then gravel road access.
Teeters Peak Trail #300
Length: 2.6 miles 
South of Libby appx. 32 miles with views of the southern Cabinet Mountains

Trail Beginning: Road 4724
Elevation: 4,420 feet

Trail End: Teeters Peak summit
Elevation: 5,230 feet

Views of the central and southern portions of the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness area are what makes this trail special. It offers a relatively easy 3 to 5-hour hike, but isn't particularly good for overnight camping or horseback use due to its short length and lack of water. From Libby, travel south 25 miles on US  2. Turn right on Miller Creek Road 385 and follow it for 2 miles. Turn left and stay to the right. The trailhead is 5.3 miles from the creek crossing, and begins on the left side of the road. Paved road, then gravel.
Tepee Mountain Trail #710
Length: 6.0 miles
Northwest of Troy appx. 10 miles 

Trail Beginning: 5 miles from Road 2351 and MT 92

Trail End: 1 mile East of Newton Mountain

The Tepee Mountain Trail offers  ridgetop hiking with scenic views of the surrounding countryside. During the early months wildflowers are abundant. There is little or no water on the trail during the summer months. From Troy, travel west 8 miles on US 2. Turn onto Montana 508/Yaak 92 and follow it for 5.5 miles to the junction with Teepee Mountain Road 2351. Turn here and follow it approximately 5 miles to the trailhead. Paved road, then gravel.
Upper Pipe Creek
Length: 4.0 miles
Appx 18 miles north of Libby on Pipe Creek Rd

Trail Beginning: Road 68
Elevation: 3,115 feet

Trail End: Junction with Shafer Creek Trail 226
Elevation: 4,100 feet

The Upper Pipe Creek Trail offers pretty views of Tom Poole Lake and Shafer Creek in the Pipe Creek drainage. This trail starts out steeply but becomes more gentle as it contours the slope. Tom Poole Lake is visible below and to the south. Two miles up the trail and to the south there is a small unnamed pond. The trail crosses Shafer Creek about 1/2 mile before the trail's end at Shafer Creek. Motorized vehicles are not allowed. From Libby, cross the Kootenai River bridge and travel 1/2 mile north on Highway 37. Turn left onto Pipe Creek Road 68 and travel 17.5 miles to the trailhead. Paved road access.
Pipe Creek
Vinal-Mt. Henry-Boulder NRT #9
Length: 8.0 miles
In the Yaak off Pipe Creek Rd.

Trail Beginning: Road 746

Trail End: Mount Henry Lookout

NATIONAL RECREATION TRAIL
This trail gains little in elevation, therefore making it a great trail for families and less ardent hikers. The easiest section is where it parallels Vinal Creek on the west end. As the grade increases, it traverses the ridge to Mt. Henry. Turner Creek Falls is located near the junction of Turner and Vinal Creeks, and further on is a panoramic view from atop the mountain. The undeveloped area provides a near-wilderness experience for an overnight trip with access to Fish Lakes.
From Libby, take the Pipe Creek Rodd over the divide into the Yaak. About 8 miles down the other side turn right at the junction with South Fork Pipe Creek Road 68 and Venal Lake Road 746. Travel north 6 miles. The trailhead is 100 yards north of Venal Creek. Paved road, then gravel road access.
For further information contact:
Kootenai National Forest
506 US Highway 2 West
Libby, MT 59923
(406) 293-6211
http://www.fs.fed.us/r1/kootenai/

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