Saint Paul Lake Trail

Libby, Montana 59923

Saint Paul Lake Trail

Saint Paul Lake Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Saint Paul Lake Trail Reviews

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8/8/2009
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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Trail Information

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

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Sep 2018