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Trout Peak U-3

Elevation: 7,535’ Rank: 8 Coordinates: 48.823N, 116.607W Trailhead: Big Fisher Lake Trail, No. 41 Trailhead elevation 5,410’ (not sure) Estimated Time: 2-3 hours East Ridge Class 1 6.5 miles RT, 2125’ elevation gain This is the easiest route up Trout Peak (U-3). The hike into Trout Lake is 3 miles. You do not go all […]

Pyramid Peak

Elevation: 7,355’ Rank: 11 Coordinates: 48.812N, 116.622W Trailhead: Pyramid Pass, No. 13 Trailhead elevation 5,410’ (not sure) Estimated Time: 2-3 hours The most direct way to summit Pyramid Peak is off the trail that crosses the crest at 6500’. You can exit the trail slightly before the crest and head up a steep boulder field […]

Ball Peak

Elevation: 7,265’ Rank: 18 Coordinates: 48.791N, 116.625W Trailhead: Pyramid Pass, No. 13 (connecting with Pyramid/Ball Lakes No. 43) Trailhead Elevation: 5,410’ (not sure) Estimated Time: 2.5 - 3 hours If you are looking for a quick trip to the Selkirk Crest Ball Peak fits the bill. The trail (No. 43) takes off south about a […]

Gunsight Peak

Elevation: 7,352’ Rank: 12 Coordinates: 48.583N 116.695W Trailhead: Fault Lake No. 59 Trailhead elevation: 3,200’ Estimated time: 3 - 4 hours to Fault Lake, 2½-3 to Gunsight Peak The Fault Lake Trail is not steep but it is long. This is the starting point for eastside approaches. And reaching the summit of Gunsight is an […]

Scotchman's Peak - Spring

The high point in Idaho’s Cabinet Mountains is just outside of Clark Fork (see previous descriptions to the trailhead). The mid April ascent was a mixture of cold weather, blowing clouds, and icy conditions on the summit ridge. We used crampons and ice axes for the final 500’ of elevation. There is new snow but […]

Goat Mountain Trail

Trail: 44 Trailhead: 3,141’ Summit: 6,641’ Distance: 4.5 miles Trail condition: Excellent There are several peaks in the Cabinet Mountains of North Idaho named “Goat.” This Goat Mountain is not to be confused with Goat Mountain directly to the west of Scotchman’s Peak. Drive to Bonners Ferry and proceed north to Threemile Corner (Highway 2) […]

Scotchman's Peak - Winter

Elevation: 7,009’ The highest peak in North Idaho is well worth the effort – even in early spring. The road into the trailhead was passable without 4WD. From Clark Fork, Trailhead 65 is 6.2 miles. The last section of the road (2.2 miles) is the muddiest. An early start is always best but Scotchman’s can […]

Cedar Lakes Trail

Trail 141, 2888’ Summit Elevations: Dome Peak 7,560’, Scenery Mountain 6,875’ Grambauer Mountain 7,377’ The trailhead starts just west of Libby, Montana on Cedar Creek Road 402 and heads south for three miles to a well marked trailhead. We found this is shady early in the season and snow lingers. The trail is easy to […]

Scotchman's Peak (Winter)

Trailhead: 3,300’ Summit: 7,009’ Vertical: 3,709’ Mileage: 7.0 Finding the trailhead is a bit of a challenge. Drive to the town of Clark Fork and then turn north by the Chevron station (Main Street) and pass the high school. The road goes through a residential area before it turns right at about a mile. Do […]

Goat Mountain (Winter)

The last day of January in North Idaho is not the time of the year one expects to be hiking high into the Cabinet Mountains near Montana. In spite of a less-than-stellar forecast we set out for the Scotchman’s Peak trailhead. We managed to get within several miles before getting two Jeeps stuck in the […]

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