Montana Outdoors

August 23, 2013

Cabinet Mountains Wilderness ~ Engle Lake trail # 932

Hike on 8/21/2013…

Engle Lake, along with several other high country lakes are spread through a large basin located to the northwest of Engle Peak in the southwest part of the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness. Two trails access the area, the Engle Lake trail # 932 and the Engle Peak trail # 926. We chose trail # 932.

To reach the trail head for 932, you must take USFS road 150 (the Rock Creek road) from Montana Highway 200 near the Noxon Rapids Dam, about 4 miles to USFS road 2285 and then follow it for 7 miles to the trail head. 2285 is a good mountain road that is open all year although not plowed in winter: it is good to check its status with the Cabinet Ranger District before making the trip. There is parking at the trail head for 3 – 4 cars; we had the road and the trail all to ourselves however.

Trail 932 climbs fairly steeply from about 4900 feet at the trail head about 1.5 miles through the McKay Roadless area to the wilderness boundary and a beautiful narrow ridge that flattens out at about 6500 feet. It will meet trail 926 after a mile or so and will continue on to Engle Peak and a short connecting trail down to the lake.

From the ridge trail there are beautiful open views to the south looking down at the lower Clark Fork River valley and the Noxon Reservoir 4000 feet below. To the north of the ridge trail lies the basin containing the lakes, and beyond, some of the mountain peaks of the wilderness.

Following are some of the more than one hundred photos I took during the hike.


Along trail 932

Along trail 932

Along trail 932

Along trail 932

Along trail 932

Along trail 932

Along trail 932

Along trail 932

Along trail 932

Clark Fork River, Noxon Reservoir

Noxon Reservoir, Clark Fork River

Along trail 932

Along trail 932

Along trail 932

Engle Lake basin trail 932

Along trail 932

Along trail 932

Along trail 932

Engle Lake basin trail 932

Engle Lake basin trail 932

Engle Lake basin trail 932

Engle Lake basin

Engle Peak

Engle Lake basin

Engle Lake basin

Clark Fork River

Engle Peak

Engle Peak

Engle Peak

Engle Peak

Engle Lake basin

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August 18, 2013

Rock Lake: Cabinet Mountains Wilderness (2)

Rock Lake

August 16, 2013

Rock Lake: Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Rock Lake

August 16, 2013

August 13, 2013

Siegel Pass

Filed under: Coeur d'Alene Mountains — Tags: — montucky @ 10:01 pm

Today I had to go to the city; the one that lies just beyond the sharp peak in the distance. There were three ways to return home: a state highway, an interstate for most of the way then a state road, and a primitive forest road through 35 miles of forest. Guess which I chose…

Siegel Pass

August 12, 2013

Making the mountains look small…

Filed under: Sunsets — montucky @ 10:47 pm

Making the mountains look small

August 9, 2013

Cabinet Mountains Wilderness ~ Devil’s Club Trail # 966

Photos from a hike on 8/7/13 with a good friend. We didn’t get as far as we planned, but were not too disappointed. Made a note to see that part of the wilderness from another access point. The photos will give you an idea of what the trail was like.

Devil's Club trail #966

Devil's Club trail map

Wild hollyhock

Wild hollyhock ~ Iliamna rivularis

Wild hollyhock

Along trail 966

Douglas' spirea, rose spirea

Douglas’ spirea, rose spirea ~ Spiraea douglasii

Along trail 966

Along trail 966

Crossing Devil’s Club Creek

Along trail 966

Along trail 966

Along trail 966

Along trail 966

Along trail 966

Along trail 966

Along trail 966

Along trail 966

Along trail 966

Along trail 966

Along trail 966

Along trail 966

Tiling's monkey-flower

Tiling’s monkey-flower ~ Erythranthe tilingi

Brewer's mitrewort,feathery bishop's-cap

Brewer's mitrewort,feathery bishop's-cap

Brewer's mitrewort,feathery bishop's-cap

Brewer’s mitrewort,feathery bishop’s-cap ~ Pectiantia breweri: This flower was new to me and I may not have the correct identification for it.

Along trail 966

Along trail 966

Along trail 966. The patches of snow are on St Paul Peak

The patches of snow are on St Paul Peak

Along trail 966

Along trail 966

Along trail 966

Indian Pipes

Indian Pipes

Orange Hawkweed

Orange Hawkweed

Orange Hawkweed ~ Hieracium ayrantiacum

Fringed grass-of-Parnassus

Fringed grass of-Parnassus ~ Parnassia fimbriata

Columbian Monkshood

Columbian Monkshood

Along trail 966

Devil's Club

Devil’s Club

Twisted Stalk berries

Twisted Stalk berries

Along trail 966

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