China Rim/Flagstaff Trailhead #43


Trail Length: 5.45 miles

An excellent, relatively easy hike for the family. The trail winds through grassy meadows and follows a gentle ridge to the summit of Flagstaff Mountain. Geologic forms visible from the summit include the Selkirk Mountains of Idaho, the Purcell and Cabinet Mountains of Montana, and the Kootenai Valley. If you stop at the summit of Flagstaff mountain, the hike is only 2 miles long. Recommended use is spring through fall. Elevation is 4695 feet at the beginning, climbing to 6075 feet at Flagstaff Mountain summit.

This trail was highlighted as a wildflower viewing area by the Celebrating Wildflowers Northern Region Botany Program.

At a Glance

Fees Pack In/Out
Best Season: Spring through Fall
Restrictions: This is a non-motorized trail
Closest Towns: Libby, Montana
Water: No water sources along the trail
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Directions: From Libby, travel north on Highway 37, cross Kootenai River, then turn left on River Road. Travel 4 miles to Quartz Creek Road 600 and follow for 5 miles. Then turn left and follow the West Fork road until it ends at a "T" junction just after crossing the West Fork of Quartz Creek. Turn left and follow to Road 4690, approximately 7.3 miles. Maps can be obtained from the Supervisor’s Office at 31374 US Highway 2 west or at any Ranger District Office.



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