Wanless Lake

Noxon, Montana 59853

Wanless Lake

Wanless Lake Professional Review and Guide

"Hikers who simply want to get quickly to a mountain lake won’t appreciate this hike. Many other lakes in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness are easier to reach. But this trip is worth the effort, with lofty views, cutthroat trout, and a little less competition for a campsite than the more accessible areas.

The area does, however, attract quite a few horse packers. Signs warn that stock is not allowed to come right into Wanless Lake, but sometimes the signs mysteriously disappear. The trail gradually gains 3,500 feet to Goat Peak Ridge before snaking down to a series of lakes leading to Wanless, the largest lake in the wilderness."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
2 days minimum
July through September
2,900 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,380 feet
Top Elevation
Cabinet Mountains Wilderness; Kootenai National Forest, Cabinet District
Local Contacts
USGS Howard Lake, Goat Peak, Noxon Rapids Dam
Local Maps

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Jul 2018