Montana Outdoors

September 9, 2014

Bear – Baree Lake loop ~ Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

This is a photo tour of a loop hike on August 29, 2014 through the southeast tip of the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness. It started with USFS trail 178 at road 148 (3700 feet elevation) to USFS trail 63 then on 63 to USFS trail 360 (the Cabinet Divide trail at 6400 feet elevation). From there, south down the Cabinet Divide a mile and a half or so to USFS trail 489 and back down it about 5 miles to road 148 and up the road to the starting point. The total distance was about 11.5 miles and took 10 hours of hiking.

You can follow the route, the access road and the trails on the Kootenai National Forest Cabinet Ranger District map. (Note: Trail 531 is the old trail number to Bear Lakes: now theĀ same trailĀ is shown on all of the maps as trail 178.)

Trail head for USFS trail 489 Kootenai National Forest

Trail head at USFS trail 489, Kootenai National Forest

Trail 178: Kootenai National Forest

Trail 178, Kootenai National Forest

Trail 178 Kootenai National Forest

Trail 178 gains elevation very sharply. Kootenai National Forest

Trail 63: Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63, Kootenai National Forest

Trail 63: Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63: Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63: Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63: Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63: Cabinet Divide in the distance

Trail 63: Cabinet Divide in the distance – Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63: Baree Mountain at the left of the photo: Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63: Baree Mountain at the left of the photo. It is at the southern edge of the wilderness.

Trail 63: Baree Mountain: Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63: Baree Mountain, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63: South side of Cabinet Divide: Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63: South side of Cabinet Divide, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63: Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63: Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63: Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63: Looking down into Baree Lake Basin: Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63: Looking down into Baree Lake Basin, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63/Trail 360: Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

From Trail 63 ~ Trail 360 at the Cabinet Divide, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 360 Cabinet Divide trail Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 360 Cabinet Divide trail, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 360 Cabinet Divide trail Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 360 Cabinet Divide trail, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 360 Cabinet Divide trail Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 360 Cabinet Divide trail, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 360 Cabinet Divide trail Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 360 Cabinet Divide trail, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 360 Cabinet Divide trail Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 360 Cabinet Divide trail, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 360 Cabinet Divide trail Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 360 Cabinet Divide trail, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 360 Cabinet Divide trail Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 360 Cabinet Divide trail, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 360 Cabinet Divide trail Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 360 Cabinet Divide trail, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Baree Lake Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Baree Lake, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Baree Lake Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Baree Lake, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Baree Lake Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Baree Lake, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 489 above Baree Lake Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 489 above Baree Lake, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 489 Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 489, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 489 Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 489, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Baree Creek Trail 489 Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Baree Creek Trail 489, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Baree Creek Trail 489 Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Baree Creek Trail 489, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Road 148, Kootenai National Forest

Road 148, Kootenai National Forest (There’s a sign near this one that reads: “No trailers or 2 wheel drive vehicles”)

From the Cabinet Divide trail 360. The three big peaks in the photo are, from right to left, Carney Peak, Flat Top Mountain, Engle Peak

This is my favorite photo from the trip, taken from the Cabinet Divide trail 360. The three big peaks in the photo are, from right to left, Carney Peak, Flat Top Mountain, and Engle Peak. In a couple of weeks we plan a hike through a pass just to the right of Carney from the far side of the range and back a mile or so along the Cabinet Divide trail. (The trail through the pass and the high Cabinet Divide trail can be plainly seen on Google Earth.)

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