Twenty miles of boondoggling and backcountry mountain biking in the Yaak Valley of northwest Montana, including Northwest Peak Scenic Area.
Northwest Montana Located just south of Libby, Montana, Leigh Lake is nestled in the shadow of Snowshoe Peak, the tallest mountain in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness. Experienced mountaineers sometimes use the Leigh Lake trail as a jumping-off point for the class four scramble to the summit of Snowshoe Peak, elevation 8,738 feet. The trail to the
Have a plan B—and C, D, and E. Follow the Facebook page for the national forest or other public land you want to visit, such as the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest (OWNF), and take advantage of resources like the Pacific Northwest Forests app to find hiking trails, trail conditions, maps, permit information, and campgrounds. The “Near
By Blair Libby After admiring, camping alongside, and inundating myself in the Pacific Northwest Trail’s dozens of backcountry waters, I’ve devised my own rating system for the benefit of Out There Outdoors’ lake enthusiasts: The Way There, Big Rocks, Snackability, and Wildlife. Ball Lakes and Pyramid Lake (Moderate) The Way There: These lakes are nestled high
By Blair Libby A pair of bald eagles moved from ponderosa, to fir, to possibly a spruce, which rose up from corners of the lake as trout lookout towers. After a few explosive wing flaps during liftoff, they would glide, bodies as still as the glassy water that mirrored them. I followed their flight path on the water’s