It’s almost sinful that such a stunning area is so easy to reach. Leigh Lake is a spectacular alpine area accessible to virtually anyone who can negotiate a 20 percent uphill grade for nearly 1.5 miles. Problem is, this quick access has made this granite basin the most popular area in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness. In July and August, this is not always a place of solitude. To help protect the fragile shores of the lake from admirers, the Forest Service has banned stock use and prohibits camping within 300 feet of the water. This leaves only a few bivouac sites suitable for sleeping, and they’re on the rock benches above the lake to the north. Check with the Kootenai National Forest for updates on restrictions.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Duration||3 hours or overnight|
|Season||Mid-June through early October|
|Trailhead Elevation||4,180 ft|
|Top Elevation||5,265 ft|
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