Hikers who simply want to get quickly to a mountain lake won’t appreciate this hike. Many other lakes in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness are easier to reach. But this trip is worth the effort, with lofty views, cutthroat trout, and a little less competition for a campsite than the more accessible areas. The area does, however, attract quite a few horse packers. Signs warn that stock is not allowed to come right into Wanless Lake, but sometimes the signs mysteriously disappear. The trail gradually gains 3,500 feet to Goat Peak Ridge before snaking down to a series of lakes leading to Wanless, the largest lake in the wilderness.
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Directions to: Wanless Lakeprint directions
Trail Statistics & Information
|Skill Level||Moderately difficult|
|Duration||2 days minimum|
|Season||July through September|
|Trailhead Elevation||2,900 ft|
|Top Elevation||6,380 ft|
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