Engle Peak Hike

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13.4 km
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1,005 m
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The Engle Peak Hike is an arduous ascent up to the summit of a famed Cabinet Mountain. While there is no doubt that this is a strenuous adventure, it is impressively scenic. Bring plenty of water and don’t forget your camera—the panoramic views from the summit are postcard perfect.

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Route Description for Engle Peak Hike

Hike above the clouds on the Engle Peak Hike in the Kootenai National Forest. This challenging ascent explores the timbered slopes of the soaring granite crest, progressing over loose scree and through patches of wildflowers. Note that much of the route is exposed, so dress in layers as insurance against varying conditions that are so common to the high elevation areas and wear sunscreen! Don’t forget to pack plenty of water to stay hydrated on this relentless ascent.

Embark on your epic expedition up to panoramic views on the Engle Peak Hike. This marvelous adventure begins by traveling through a corridor of subalpine woodlands before topping the timberline. Gradually gaining a ridge, you will eventually reach the crest. Here, turn right and hike along the rocky terrain above Engle Lake and ultimately up to the summit.

From atop the peak, you will be rewarded with 360-degree vistas of the Cabinet Mountains. Revel in the majesty of the mountainscape and the wild waterways that carve the serrated canyons, then head back down the slopes the way you came.

Getting to the Engle Peak Hike Trailhead

Access this hike from the trailhead off the National Forest Development Road 2285.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Dispersed Camping

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  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly


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  • Route Type

    Out and back

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