Saint Paul Lake Trail

Libby, Montana

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This hike may very well be the top dog for canine hiking in the 94,000- acre Cabinet Mountains Wilderness. Why? A scenic, uncrowded lake, a well-groomed trail that hugs a bubbling creek for almost its entirety, and miles of cool and damp old-growth forest—what more could you ask for? Get Rover into the rig and head to the trail. Saint Paul Trail 646 is a pure pleasure to hike for pups and old dogs alike. Even ol’ Barkley, an arthritic blue heeler, made it, enjoying every creek crossing, swimming hole, and spring along the way. The trail immediately enters the wilderness and one of the finest old-growth cedar forests in the entire Inland Northwest. In 1.5 miles you’ll come to an exceptional grove of giants, what I call “Saint Paul’s Cathedral Forest.”Here, too, is a lovely camping spot right on the East Fork of the Bull River.
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)

This hike may very well be the top dog for canine hiking in the 94,000- acre Cabinet Mountains Wilderness. Why? A scenic, uncrowded lake, a well-groomed trail that hugs a bubbling creek for almost its entirety, and miles of cool and damp old-growth forest—what more could you ask for? Get Rover into the rig and head to the trail.

Saint Paul Trail 646 is a pure pleasure to hike for pups and old dogs alike. Even ol’ Barkley, an arthritic blue heeler, made it, enjoying every creek crossing, swimming hole, and spring along the way. The trail immediately enters the wilderness and one of the finest old-growth cedar forests in the entire Inland Northwest. In 1.5 miles you’ll come to an exceptional grove of giants, what I call “Saint Paul’s Cathedral Forest.”Here, too, is a lovely camping spot right on the East Fork of the Bull River.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Libby
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 1,600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Best July to October
Trailhead Elevation: 3,100 feet
Top Elevation: 4,750 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Kootenai National Forest, Cabinet Ranger District
Local Maps: Cabinet Mountains Wilderness USFS, or Elephant Peak USGS
Driving Directions: Directions to Saint Paul Lake Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/8/2009
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Great trail for the dogs. Lots of water and well maintained trail. Lots of bridges but one area at about the 3 mile mark requires getting your feet wet even in August. The trip is well worth it and there are several campsites is you choose to stay the night. About 2 hours up and 1+30 down.



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