The Cabinet Mountains share many similarities with the Purcell and Selkirk Mountains. The range’s foundation is Precambrian Belt Supergroup rocks, which were carved and shaped by Pleistocene glaciation. Many peaks are high dome-shaped mountains, while a few, like Scotchman Peak, are sharp, sheer-edged summits reminiscent of the North Cascades. Summit elevations range between 6,000 and 7,000 feet; 7,009-foot Scotchman Peak … Continue reading

Queen Mountain

Climbing information for Queen Mountain, a p2k summit, is found on page 50. Queen Mountain has 3,252 feet of prominence making it one of the most popular  destinations Idaho’s section of the Cabinent Mountains. The peak is reached from Queens Lake which sits at the eastern base of the peak. The trailhead for the lake can be reached via FS-2542. … Continue reading

Clifty Mountain

Clifty Mountain is found on page 51. A P2K summit. This peak, which has 2,165 feet of prominence, appears to be gaining in popularity as the population of northern Idaho grows. Here is another take on the access which updates the information in the book. The Clifty Mountain Trail, FST-182 will take you from the trailhead to the summit in 1.5 … Continue reading

Peak 6357

This peak is not in the book. This peak sits south of Trestle Peak and just west of the Alpine Trail. It is roughly a 400 foot climb to the summit from the trail. You will find great views of Lake Pend Oreille from the summit. The Forest Service maintains a web page for this done trail named the Bee Top/Round … Continue reading

Trestle Peak

This peak is discussed on page 52. Trestle Peak is the northern anchor of a ridge line that parallels the eastern shore of Lake Pend Oreille. A good forest service trail leads to near its summit from FS-275. The trail continues south past Peak 6357, Round Top Mountain, Cougar Peak and ends at Porcupine Lake. I have only hiked the … Continue reading

Lunch Peak

This peak is found on page 52. Lunch Peak is reached by road. You can drive to the top but better yet, ride your mountain bike. If you want to hike the peak, do it from Mount Pend Oreille. The Forest Service maintains a web page for this peak. … Continue reading

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