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Best trails in Kootenai National Forest

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Looking for a great trail in Kootenai National Forest, Montana? AllTrails has 27 great hiking trails, trail running 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. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 10 easy trails in Kootenai National Forest ranging from 0.7 to 6.2 miles and from 2,073 to 6,108 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Kootenai Falls and Swinging Bridge Trail
Kootenai National Forest
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 46 m
Kootenai Falls and Swinging Bridge Trail is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Troy, Montana that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primShow more
#2 - Leigh Lake
Kootenai National Forest
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 53 m
The trail to Leigh Lake is a shorter hike but with that incline that will definitely have you feeling like you got a good workout. It takes a little under an hour and a half to get to the lake if you Show more
#3 - Granite Lake
Kootenai National Forest
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Length: 11.2 mi • Est. 5 h 52 m
Granite Lake is a 11.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Libby, Montana that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, fishing, fShow more
#4 - Rock Lake Trail
Kootenai National Forest
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Length: 8 mi • Est. 4 h 26 m
Bears have been seen in this area so you will want to use caution, make smart food choices, and bring bear spray. The hike from the beginning of the trail head to the waterfall is a relatively easy hShow more
#5 - Lake Estelle Trail
Kootenai National Forest
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 3 h 11 m
Lake Estelle Trail is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hope, Idaho that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of aShow more
#6 - Cedar Lakes Trail
Kootenai National Forest
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Length: 13.5 mi • Est. 8 h 13 m
Cedar Lakes Trail is a 13.5 mile out and back trail located near Libby, Montana that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and backShow more
#7 - South Fork Ross Creek Trail
Kootenai National Forest
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 3 h 45 m
Nice day hike with a couple of small water crossings. One of the water crossings across a pretty large fallen tree as your bridge about 10 ft over the water. There is a deep gorge just shy of reachingShow more
#8 - Engle Peak Trail
Kootenai National Forest
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Length: 8.3 mi • Est. 5 h 21 m
Engle Peak Trail is a 8.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Trout Creek, Montana that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used forShow more
#9 - Star Peak Lookout
Kootenai National Forest
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Length: 8.9 mi • Est. 6 h 14 m
This is a pretty good workout the first quarter of this trail is a solid climb and the second quarter only eases up a bit. When you get to the top it's another great view of the Clark Fork River and bShow more
#10 - Copper Falls Trail
Kootenai National Forest
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 45 m
Lovely little walk into the wood to a very impressive waterfall. The short loop (with side leg to viewpoint) has been made an interpretive trail with nice signs of basic trees/plants/features seen aloShow more
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