Chicago Peak and Cliff Lake

Noxon, Montana

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Few hikes can match this trip as an introduction to wilderness backpacking for families and novices, that is, as long as they have a vehicle with enough clearance to negotiate poor stretches of the road. The route, which hasn’t even been shown on official maps, offers a short and fairly easy walk to an alpine lake perched at elev. 6,700 feet on a cliff where mountain goats hang out. On the way, the trail passes a peak that resembles a city skyline. All of this, and some hikers might not even break a sweat getting here, unless it’s to change a tire.
100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest

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100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest

by Rich Landers & Spokane Mountaineers (The Mountaineers Books)

Few hikes can match this trip as an introduction to wilderness backpacking for families and novices, that is, as long as they have a vehicle with enough clearance to negotiate poor stretches of the road.

The route, which hasn’t even been shown on official maps, offers a short and fairly easy walk to an alpine lake perched at elev. 6,700 feet on a cliff where mountain goats hang out. On the way, the trail passes a peak that resembles a city skyline. All of this, and some hikers might not even break a sweat getting here, unless it’s to change a tire.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Noxon
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 to 3 hours or overnight
Season: Mid-July through September
Trailhead Elevation: 6,430 feet
Top Elevation: 6,790 feet
Local Contacts: Cabinet Mountains Wilderness; Kootenai National Forest, Cabinet District
Local Maps: USGS Elephant Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Chicago Peak & Cliff Lake

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Apr 2018