Skyline Trail

The trail and lookouts were at Arbo, Skyline, and Quartz Mountains were constructed for fire suppression

photo: Quartz Mountain Fire Lookout in Winter. Photo by USFS.

Length: 22.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (off pavement)
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing
Wildlife Observation

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Location: Kootenai National Forest
State(s): Montana
Counties: Lincoln
Longitude: -115.70008
Latitude: 48.54228

Driving Directions

The trailheads are located just off the West Fork of Quartz Creek Rd., 14 miles northwest of Libby and the junction of the Yaak River and Seventeen Mile Rds.


The Skyline Trail System climbs gently for .5 mile to the junction with Quartz Mountain, then gives way to an open meadow ridge from Huson Peak to O'Brien Mountain. The trail then descends north and passes over an unnamed peak and continues at an easy grade until reaching Skyline Mountain.

At Arbo Mountain summit, hike about 1000' north of the trail to reach the south shoulder, viewing the Mule Creek/Seventeen Mile Creek drainages and mountains to the northeast. The Skyline Trail System is part of the National Recreation Trail System and provides hikers or horsemen an excellent opportunity to view wildlife.

Additional Details

Width: 18 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil, compacted
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 10%
Maximum Grade: 30%
Elevation Low Point: 2,700
Elevation High Point: 6,800
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Jon Jeresek
Kootenai National Forest
Libby Ranger District
12557 Hwy. 37
Libby, MT 59923
(406) 293-7773
[email protected]



Quartz Mountain Fire Lookout in Winter. Photo by USFS.

Quartz Mountain Fire Lookout in Winter. Photo by USFS.


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