Hiking The Skyline National Recreation Trail

The 5th most popular hiking trail in Montana.

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Between Troy and Libby in the Kootenai National Forest, the Skyline National Recreation Trail (#13) rolls along a series of peaks over 15+ miles in the Purcell Mountains until dropping down to the Yaak River.

The southern trailhead is on FS399 off FS600 near Libby, while the northern trailhead is on the Yaak River along SR508 near FS471 north of Troy.

To reach the hiking trailhead from Libby, turn onto Highway 37 and turn left onto River Road. Drive about 4 miles, turning right onto Quartz Creek Road 600, Drive 5 miles and just after crossing Quartz Creek bridge, take the right fork onto Ransome Creek 4654. After 7 miles, turn onto the C Spur of Road 4654. Follow for approximately .5 mile.

Overall, Skyline National Recreation Trail is the 5th most popular hiking trail of all 19 hikes in Montana. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Skyline National Recreation Trail including Keeler-Rattle Trail System and Cuivre River State Park.


Local Contact(s):  Kootenai National Forest (406) 293-7741; Libby Vistors (406) 293-4167; Regional Visitors (800) 338-5072; Montana Visitors (800) 847-4868.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Montana" from Bill Schneider

Best Season:  Jun. - Sep.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  NFS Yaak Falls CG

Luxury Loding:  Yaak River Lodge, Troy (800) 676-5670

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/kootenai/

Date Published:  12/31/2015

Date Updated:  7/26/2016

ID:  6922


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