There are many wonders to behold while exploring these mountains.
Here we will tell you of the many different trails, how to find them and their levels. We will start with beginner, or the easier hikes, and move through intermediate and advanced. On all of the beautiful walks we will take you, nature shows you some of the most amazing places you’ll ever see. Not only will you experience the beauty but also all the amazing wildlife that calls this land home as well. Not only does that include land animals such as elk, moose, mountain loins and bear, but also birds and fish. Since we are in the Kootenai National Forest all of our lakes and rivers, including the hidden ones, have a vast number of fish. Including cutthroat, bull and rainbow trout as well as big mouth bass and salmon. With our 2.2 million acres of forest 223 species of birds call this place home including the majestic Bald Eagle, northern Hawk-Owl, osprey and great blue heron.
So come explore our world with us!!!!
- Savage Falls- 3 miles up highway 56, turn onto falls creek road fallow to the end. Lakeside residents marvel the view of a waterfall emerging from the mountains. Less then 1 mile from your car to the falls and back, the wonderful wetlands you can explore will lead you right to the falls. If you are as over come by the beauty of this place as I am, there is even a trail straight up the mountain to see the top of the falls.
- Kootenai Falls- Located on highway 2 just outside Troy, Mt. 0.8 miles of beautiful forest following the Kootenai river. These magnificent falls and bridge are seen in the movies “The River Wild” and “The Revenant.” There are two wonderful paths to take here. One takes you to the falls, where you get to see the radiance of thousands of gallons of water spill over the sandstone and shale that date back millions of years. While the other leads you to a swinging bridge, originally built during the Great Depression to allow firefighters access the north mountains. After the bridge was destroyed in 1948 during a flood, it was then built atop a pair of concrete piers. Once on the other side of the river you can find many trails to keep your interest peeked all day.
- Callahan Creek- Located 1 mile up Callahan Creek Rd. in Troy. This 2 mile trail follows the old railroad grade that was once used for mining and logging the area back in the early 1900s. There is beautiful views of King Mountain and Callahan Creek Canyon. If you are lucky enough to find your way there is also an old mine located at the end of the railroad and trail.
- Quartz Mountain- From highway 37 turn onto Kootenai river road, from there turn right onto Quartz/ Creek road. The first 3 miles of the trail will take you on an adventure from the creek bottom of West Fork Quartz Creek, over the south shoulder of Huson Peek, to the junction of Quartz Mountain trail and the Skyline Trail system. You’ll then follow, for an additional 2 miles, an abandoned logging road that will take you to the summit of Quartz Mountain. The meadows you’ll encounter on the top third of our adventure show you the entire Quartz Creek valley in all its wonder.
- Flower Creek- Located There is many good flats through this 6 mile trail that make great camping areas for families with children. They are in close range of the trail and also the Creek for some summer fun.
- Leigh Lake- Located One of Libby’s most ICONIC trails, is a 1.5 mile short, steep trail that is heavily used as an access point into the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness. You will see some very beautiful sites. Craters, a lake, mountain ranges and of course wildlife. Mountain goats are often seen on the slopes above the lake. No motorized vehicles are permitted on this trail, and no vehicles are allowed within the wilderness boundary. This makes for the perfect place for to become one with your wilder side!
- Granite Lake- Located . If you’re looking for a challenge with an amazing waterfall and lake as your reward, then this hike is the one for you!! After backpacking through this beautiful 11.2 mile trail you’ll find yourself is a stunning cirque once carved by great glaciers. At the far side of the cirque there is a mesmerizing waterfall, flowing from the mountain top into a fish filled lake.
All in One:
- Bighorn Tail- Located at the end of Kootenai River Road just off Hwy 37. This prehistoric trail follows the Kootenai River through old structures and orchards, also bighorn sheep ranges. 4.5 miles of eagles, osprey, river otters, and harlequin ducks with so much more can be seen along this trails many branches. The trail gets more primitive at the end, but with a little adventure in your spirit you’ll soon find yourself passing the Kootenai Falls from the other side of the river and finally at the Swinging Bridge.