Little Spar Lake Trail

Troy, Montana

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Little Spar Lake sits in a rugged basin within the shadows of 7009-foot Scotchman Peak. The trail to it travels through groves of giant cedars, skirts below cliffs, and blazes across wildlife-rich meadows. This is some of the finest country in the Cabinet Mountains and is worthy of federal wilderness designation. Perhaps after you and your dog trek to this alpine gem you’ll bark to your legislators about fully protecting it. Little Spar makes for a good backpacking destination if you come during the week. Although certainly not a busy place compared to some of the Idaho Selkirk Lakes, there can be more than a few pups doing the dog paddle here on a warm Saturday in July. On a quiet weeknight, the lake can be the sole property of you and your best friend. There are good camping spots by the outlet, fine swimming, and superb high-country roaming. Remember to be bear-aware.
Best Hikes with Dogs: Inland Northwest

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Inland Northwest

by Craig Romano & Alan L. Bauer (The Mountaineers Books)

Little Spar Lake sits in a rugged basin within the shadows of 7009-foot Scotchman Peak. The trail to it travels through groves of giant cedars, skirts below cliffs, and blazes across wildlife-rich meadows. This is some of the finest country in the Cabinet Mountains and is worthy of federal wilderness designation. Perhaps after you and your dog trek to this alpine gem you’ll bark to your legislators about fully protecting it.

Little Spar makes for a good backpacking destination if you come during the week. Although certainly not a busy place compared to some of the Idaho Selkirk Lakes, there can be more than a few pups doing the dog paddle here on a warm Saturday in July. On a quiet weeknight, the lake can be the sole property of you and your best friend. There are good camping spots by the outlet, fine swimming, and superb high-country roaming. Remember to be bear-aware.

©  Craig Romano & Alan L. Bauer/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Troy
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 1,800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 6 hours
Season: Best July through October
Trailhead Elevation: 3,500 feet
Top Elevation: 5,239 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Kootenai National Forest, Three Rivers Ranger District
Local Maps: Spar Lake, USGS Mount Pend Oreille
Driving Directions: Directions to Little Spar Lake Trail

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