Granite Lake

Libby, Montana

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Granite Lake is but one of many “destinations” along this route. Just 2 miles up the trail, hikers can enjoy scenic Granite Falls. The trail winds through heavy timber of the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness for the first 4.5 miles before breaking into open, brushy country and spectacular views of “A” Peak. This route is a longer but gentler approach than most hikes into the wilderness core, offering good camping and alternatives for further exploration. Beware, however, that Granite is low in elevation compared with other lakes in the Cabinets and the “brush zone” is thick for those with a yen for reaching the high country. Expect plenty of mosquitoes in late June and July.
100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest

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100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest

by Rich Landers & Spokane Mountaineers (The Mountaineers Books)

Granite Lake is but one of many “destinations” along this route. Just 2 miles up the trail, hikers can enjoy scenic Granite Falls. The trail winds through heavy timber of the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness for the first 4.5 miles before breaking into open, brushy country and spectacular views of “A” Peak.

This route is a longer but gentler approach than most hikes into the wilderness core, offering good camping and alternatives for further exploration. Beware, however, that Granite is low in elevation compared with other lakes in the Cabinets and the “brush zone” is thick for those with a yen for reaching the high country. Expect plenty of mosquitoes in late June and July.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Libby
Distance: 12
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 6 to 8 hours or overnight
Season: Late June through early October
Trailhead Elevation: 3,180 feet
Top Elevation: 4,605 feet
Local Contacts: Cabinet Mountains Wilderness; Kootenai National Forest, Libby District
Local Maps: USGS Little Hoodoo Mountain, Treasure Mountain, Snowshoe Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Granite Lake

Recent Trail Reviews

9/3/2007
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The trail is in great condition with few downfalls. Beautiful and big cedar trees pave the way for the first couple of miles and almost reminds me of hiking through a rainforest. Be sure to stop at the waterfall and take pictures. Once you break out of the woods there is an astounding view of either A Peak or Snowshoe Peak (I'm not familiar enough with the geography yet to say which it is for sure). The last couple of miles will leave you smiling while hiking towards the magnificent view. Once you get to the lake, which lies at the base of the mountains, you'll wish you had your fishing pole if you forgot it because it is loaded with Cutthroat trout! This isn't a steep hike by anymeans but it is rather lengthy and not a good one for inexperienced hikers or those who are out of shape.


10/21/2006
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This trail follows Granite creek the whole way and with several stream crossings it is not advisable to try this hike in eaarly spring or late fall.Once at the lake the view is incredible as "A peak" is towering almost 4000 thousand vertical feet in front of you.



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