Cooney Lake Professional Review and Guide
"This 18.1-mile (total mileage) out-and-back treats riders to some magnificent scenery near and at Cooney Lake. It tests intermediate-level riders and provides a great workout for advanced riders as it makes its way up the sometimes dusty, sometimes rocky trail. the climb, through stands of Douglas fir, lodgepole pine, and larch, culminates in a soothing meadow and tranquil Cooney Lake.
Bask in the beauty of the lake and the jumping cutthroat trout, the wildflower-laden meadow, and 8,000-foot-high angel Staircase above the lake to the west before the return descent (which includes about a mile of climbing). Look east through the trees on the way back, where you'll get some views as far below and beyond as the Colville Indian Reservation."