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Best trails in Kaniksu National Forest

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Looking for a great trail in Kaniksu National Forest, Montana? AllTrails has 5 great hiking trails, lake trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 3 hard trails in Kaniksu National Forest ranging from 6.7 to 14.3 miles and from 2,349 to 7,020 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Scotchman Peak Trail
Kaniksu National Forest
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 5 h 32 m
Scotchman Peak Trail #65: Take Highway 200 to Clark Fork, Idaho then turn north at the Chevron Station onto Main Street. Follow this road past Clark Fork High School, and then around a bend to the rigShow more
#2 - Maiden Rock Trail
Kaniksu National Forest
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 33 m
As of April 2020, the road leading to the trail is closed due to weather conditions. Please check the following site for more information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/ipnf/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD71Show more
#3 - Moose Lake Loop
Kaniksu National Forest
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 3 h 27 m
Hidden in the eastern reaches of Kaniksu National Forest, this leisurely 7-mile loop pushes toward Blacktail Lake before climbing up Moose Mountain and dropping down to Moose Lake. Start by heading soShow more
#4 - Wanless Lake
Kaniksu National Forest
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Length: 14.3 mi • Est. 9 h 12 m
Wanless Lake is a 14.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Trout Creek, Montana that features a great forest setting and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. ThShow more
#5 - Goat Mountain Trail
Kaniksu National Forest
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 5 h 38 m
Goat Mountain is described in some older hiking guides as the steepest trail in Idaho. In less than 3 miles, the trail gains 4,000 feet. Loose sand and gravel, found in many places on the lower trailShow more