MWA to release new Cabinet Mountains hiking maps

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Grete Gansauer

Montana Wilderness Association will release an updated hiking map and visitor’s guide for the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness. Originally released in 2014 to honor the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the map and guide has become increasingly popular with residents and tourists of northwest Montana.

The map details the trails of the cabinets and also the surrounding area, making it easy for hikers to navigate to trailheads on all sides of the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness. It also includes recommended hikes, beautiful photography, insight from local naturalists and information about local attractions in the communities that surround the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness.

“One of the best things about the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness is that it is so accessible. We hope these maps will encourage visitors and locals to explore the Cabinets by showing them how fun and easy it is,” says Grete Gansauer, northwest Montana field coordinator for Montana Wilderness Association.

“Enjoying wilderness is among the many recreational opportunities available in Sanders County. The Cabinet Mountains Wilderness is a gem and part of the multi-use and collaborative conversation in our local national forests,” says Jen Kreiner, Executive Director of the Sanders County Community Development Corporation, a local sponsor of the map.

The map was produced as a joint effort between Montana Wilderness Association, Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, the US Forest Service, Blue Creek Press and Clearwater Montana Properties. Maps are free to the public. They are available at the Kootenai National Forest supervisor’s office in Libby, and at local businesses throughout Lincoln and Sanders Counties. Maps are also available by contacting Grete Gansauer at or 406-284-1747. More information about hikes throughout northwest Montana and in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness can also be found online at