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Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

The Cabinet Mountains Wilderness occupies the higher reaches of the northern Cabinet Mountain Range southwest of Libby. Montana's Kaniksu and Kootenai National Forests comprise the 94,360-acre Cabinet Mountains Wilderness. Elevations range from 3,000 feet to 8,712 feet atop Snowshoe Peak. The Cabinet Mountains have a row of rugged canyons, from which the Cabinets get their name. Glacial lakes, valleys cut by icy streams, and cascading waterfalls festoon the Cabinets.

It's no surprise that photography is a common activity in the Cabinet Wilderness. This area contains some of the most beautiful scenery in western Montana! It's truly a shutterbug's dream, so don't forget your camera! Climbing, camping, hunting, fishing, cross-country skiing, and wildlife watching are some other activities to enjoy in the Cabinets. Winter recreation in the Cabinets is on the rise. The deep snow and spectacular scenery offer terrific choices for snowshoeing and ski touring.

Throw on your hiking shoes because the Cabinet Wilderness has over thirty trails. Most of the trails are less than five miles long, but pretty steep. They have the makings of a good, short hike leading into beautiful subalpine basins. Along the trails in this wild, wet land keep an eye out for wildlife. Here live wolverines, deer, elk, moose, black bears, and a small but threatened grizzly population. Mountain goats scale the dramatic Goat Rocks and bighorn sheep are common near Ibex Peak.

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