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Trails of the Wild Cabinets is a hiker's and biker's bible for the Cabinet Mountains, the magnificent mountain range stretching from north of Sandpoint, Idaho, 150 miles southeast into Montana. Revised by inveterate hiker Jim Mellen, the second edition has more hikes and corrections and changes to trails. This indispensable guide for hikers also also includes an appendix identifying trails suitable for mountain bikers. The book has detailed descriptions for 85 trails, numerous maps and photos, and a features chart to help readers more easily find trails with major points of interest, such as lakes, waterfalls, old-growth forests, lookouts and peaks. The second edition also includes GPS coordinates for each trailhead, as well indexes by trail name and number, gear and Leave No Trace ethics. Author Dennis Nicholls also provides a sketch of the range's human and natural history, and he livens up the text with essays drawn from his own hikes into the Cabinets.
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Revised by Jim Mellen, a friend and former hiking partner of the author, the second edition has more hikes and corrections and changes to trails. The second edition also includes GPS coordinates for each trailhead, as well indexes by trail name and number, and appendixes on gear and Leave No Trace ethics. Author Dennis Nicholls also provides an absorbing natural history for the range, along with several essays drawn from his own adventures wandering the Cabinets. Whether you're a Sandpoint visitor or long-time resident, Trails of the Wild Cabinets will help you explore and appreciate these out our back door wildlands.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
Flower Creek/Sky Lakes Trail No. 137
Destination: Flower Creek, Sky Lakes. See map, page 37. USGS Map: Treasure Mountain Trailhead: A half-mile south of Libby, Montana, turn west off Highway 2 onto Shaughnessy Hill Road. At the top of the hill go south a half-mile to Flower Creek Road No. 128 and turn west. Proceed 6 miles to the trailhead. Trail Length: 6 miles one-way Trail Condition: excellent Elevation Gain: 3,700 feet Estimated Duration of Hike: 3 to 4 hours up, 2 to 3 hours down
Sweat Index: difficult Best Features: beautiful alpine lakes, rugged mountain scenery Availability of Water Along the Trail: The trail parallels Flower Creek much of the way. Stream Crossings: nothing significant What’s it like? Flower Creek is a beautiful stream beginning in a couple of small lakes aptly named Sky Lakes. A broad basin opens up not far above the confluence of Hanging Valley Creek and gently rises to the base of triplet spires piercing the sky. Weir Peak (7,270 feet) is on the north, Sugarloaf Mountain (7,566 feet) dominates the center of the skyline and an unnamed peak rises to over 7,700 feet to the southwest. The rugged scenery is some of the best in the Cabinets. The trail ends at lower Sky Lake but it is a relatively easy climb to the smaller upper Sky Lake. On a bench above the northeast corner of the lake, amidst a stand of scattered alpine larch, is an Engelmann spruce that exceeds 5 feet in diameter and could well be one of the largest spruces in the wilderness. Alpine larch is abundant in this high basin and makes for a colorful spectacle in the autumn. Camping: Good primitive camping opportunities exist at the lower lake. Alternate Hikes: A mile and a half from lower Sky Lake, Trail 360 splits off from Trail 137 and ties in with Trail 317 to Minor Lake or goes to Dome Mountain and Cedar Lakes. A fabulous off-trail hike beginning at upper Sky Lake leads over the ridge between Sky Lakes and Hanging Valley, then follows Trail No. 135 back to Flower Creek. The Parmenter tie-in Trail No. 15 begins at the Flower Creek trailhead and connects with Parmenter Creek Trail No. 140 after about 2 miles.
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Book Description Keokee Co. Publishing, Inc., 2008. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1879628368