Engle Peak Trail #926 Spring-Summer-Fall Difficult


Engle Peak sit on the southern end of the Wilderness, and from a distance, it looks like a large pyramid. To access the trailhead, drive east from Sandpoint on Hwy 200 to 1.8 miles past the Noxon turn off. Turn left (north) onto the Rock Creek Road. Drive .2 miles and bear right onto Forest Road # 150 after 41/2 miles, turn right onto Road 2285. Continue up Road 2285 for 7.3 miles to the trailhead.
Trail 932 climbs almost 1100 vertical feet in the first mile (brutal). After this sweet pounding ascent the trail moderates as it ascend to the ridge line above Engle Lakes. Ahead of you looms Engle Peak. The trial undulates uphill towards the peak until the trail aims up once again. Who ever built this trail should receive a raise for quality work. They built the trail near the top, up through the only trees on the ascent. As you climb through the trees you at least have some shade to ascend through. When the trail pops out of the trees, it snakes around the mountain on a trail built into the scree, and is very hot for about 30 minutes. Then the top is before you. The views are almost overwhelming from the summit. To the north is the main body of the Wilderness, with Snowshoe and A Peak sticking high in the sky. Off to the south east and just out of sight below you is Wanless Lake, with Carney Peak and the Cabinet Divide trail in the distance.


Cool things to see: Nice trail, trees, wildflowers, summit views, cliffs, lakes, views from within the wilderness and an old burned area.