Cube Iron Mountain Trail #s 459-450-460 Spring-Summer-Fall Moderately Difficult

This eight and a half mile loop hike is located north east of Thompson Falls, Mt. in the Lolo National Forest. The hike starts out relatively easy and round a ridge into a basin below Cube Iron Mountain. The trail continues into the basin and along side several lakes. As the hike loops around the lakes the trail starts the uphill climb back to the trailhead. In the 8.5 miles of the hike, the elevation gain is only 1800 vertical feet.
An option to the normal around the lakes trek, is to turn right (west) near Squaw Pass and climb to the top of Cube Iron Mountain for spectacular views of the American Selkirks, the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness., and the Bitterroot Mountains. This route may add 3 or 4 miles to the backside loop and a total elevation gain of about 2400 feet.
To get to the trailhead drive to Thompson Falls, and head east on Hwy 200 to milepost 56, and turn onto a paved road on the west side of Thompson River. At 4 miles from Hwy 200, the pavement end near a small campground. Continue past another small campground after 1 mile. At 6.2 miles bear left at the Y onto Road #603, and drive another 7.5 miles to the trailhead marked Four Lakes.

Cool things to see: scenic drive to, wildflowers, meadows, lakes, rocks and mountain summit.

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