Trails of the Wild Cabinets
By Dennis Nicholls with Jim Mellen
Nonfiction, 176 pages, 6" x 9" softcover, 86 maps and photos, appendixes, second edition
Trails of the Wild Cabinets is a hiker’s and biker’s bible for the Cabinet Mountains – that magnificent range stretching from northern Idaho's panhandle 150 miles southeast into Montana. The second edition published in 2008 includes trail updates and new trails!
Revised by hiker and mountain biker Jim Mellen, a friend and former hiking partner of the author, the second edition of Trails of the Wild Cabinets has more hikes and corrections and changes to trails. This indispensable guide for hikers also includes an appendix identifying trails suitable for mountain bikers. The book has 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 forests, lookouts and peaks. The second edition also includes GPS coordinates for each trailhead, as well indexes by trail name and number, gear and "Leave No Trace" ethics.
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. Writer and inveterate hiker Dennis Nicholls penned this first-ever hiking and biking guide to the trails of this magnificent range in 2003.
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 also provides a sketch of the range's human and natural history. Author Dennis Nicholls livens up the text with essays drawn from his own hikes into the Cabinets.
Whether you’re a Sandpoint visitor or long-time resident, Trails of the Wild Cabinets will help you explore and appreciate these "out our backdoor" wildlands.
Useful companion to this book: Trails of the Wild Selkirks
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. Nicholls passed away May 4, 2009, in Noxon, Mont.