Few hikes can match this easy little hike to a great part of the Cabinet Mountian Wilderness Area. With great views of Elephant Peak, Rock Lake, Cliff Lake, St Paul Lake, Chicago Peak, Rock Peak, Scotchman Peak and the Clark Fork River.
This is a great climb for beginners and day hikers as well. Lots of goats, and you might just see a grizzly, black bear, sheep, or cougar. Easy access means lots of people, so don't think you won't see any anybody.
Cliff Lake sits at about 6,700 feet and is frozen well into June. There is one other lake near by called Copper Lake and it is about the same size as Cliff Lake but not as remarkable. Great sunset from either Cliff Lake, St. Paul Peak, or Chicago Peak.
Red TapeNo red tape just use common sense and be nice to the land.
There are about 4 or 5 camp sites at Cliff Lake and some more if you're desperate, but please don't make a new one. Remember that there is snow here well into June. The pics on this site were taken Mid-June 2008 and there was still 6 feet in some spots.