Sprawling 150 miles across northern Idaho and northwestern Montana, the Cabinet Mountains are one of the little-known frontal ranges of the Rocky Mountains. Formed of ancient sedimentary rock and sculpted by massive glaciers during the Ice Age, the Cabinets hold inspiring peaks, breathtaking alpine lakes, unspoiled old-growth forests and rare wildlife. Now writer and inveterate hiker Dennis Nicholls has penned the first-ever hiking and biking guide to the trails of this magnificent range.
Designed to be an indispensable guide for hikers of all abilities, and including an appendix identifying trails suitable for mountain bikers, "Trails of the Wild Cabinets" includes detailed descriptions for 85 trails, numerous maps and photos and a features chart to help readers more easily find trails with major points of interest such as lakes, waterfalls, old-growth forest, lookouts and peaks.
Revised by Jim Mellen, a friend and former hiking partner of the author, the second edition has more hikes and corrections and changes to trails. The second edition also includes GPS coordinates for each trailhead, as well indexes by trail name and number, and appendixes on gear and "Leave No Trace" ethics.
Author Dennis Nicholls also provides an absorbing natural history for the range, along with several essays drawn from his own adventures wandering the Cabinets. Whether youre a Sandpoint visitor or long-time resident, "Trails of the Wild Cabinets" will help you explore and appreciate these "out our backdoor" wildlands.
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Table of contents
Useful companion to this book: Trails of the Wild Selkirks
About the author
Born in Richmond, Virginia, in 1956, Dennis Nicholls moved to Montana right out of high school and attended Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell. He then worked seasonally as a forestry technician for 10 years with the U.S. Forest Service. For several more years he served as a forestry consultant before founding The River Journal newspaper; the first issue was put together on a kitchen table at his home in Trout Creek, Montana.