Early French fur trappers observed that rocks along the lower Clark Fork River looked like boxes or cabinets, hence the name given to Montana and Idaho’s Cabinet Mountains. Though they’re not a particularly lofty range in the Northern Rockies (the highest peak is just below 8,800 feet), the Cabinets tower over lower elevation river and valley bottoms nearby.  The 94,000 acre Cabinet Mountain Wilderness Area is ideal for hiking, backpacking, fishing and hunting, yet silver and copper mining interests threaten the integrity and biodiversity of one of Montana’s last best wild places.


Photo of Cabinet Mountains Montana by Hobie Hare