Coeur d'Alene Mountains

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Coeur d'Alene Mountains
Highest point
Peak Cherry Peak
Elevation 7,352 ft (2,241 m)
Coordinates 47°29′16.49″N 115°10′11.99″W / 47.4879139°N 115.1699972°W / 47.4879139; -115.1699972Coordinates: 47°29′16.49″N 115°10′11.99″W / 47.4879139°N 115.1699972°W / 47.4879139; -115.1699972
Length 98 mi (158 km) E/W
Width 62 mi (100 km) N/S
Area 2,590 sq mi (6,700 km2)
Country United States
States Idaho and Montana
Parent range Bitterroot Range

The Coeur d'Alene Mountains are the northwestern-most portion of the Bitterroot Range, part of the Rocky Mountains, located in northern Idaho and westernmost Montana in the Western United States.

The mountain range spans an area of 2,590 square miles (6,708 km2) and its two highest peaks are the 7,352-foot (2,241 m) Cherry Peak and the 6,837-foot (2,084 m) Patricks Knob.[1]

The range is named after the Coeur d'Alene Tribe.

Several decent-sized roadless areas exist in the Montana portion of the Coeur d'Alenes. Around 43,000 acres of roadless country centered on 5,980' Mt. Bushnell, south of Thompson Falls, provides good habitat for deer, elk, and mountain lion.[2] This area is/was densely forested with lodgepole pine generated from the Great Fire of 1910.[2] Thirty miles of trails provide good hiking opportunities in this roadless area.[2] Talus slopes, grassy parks in the highest reaches, and boggy creek bottoms characterize the landscape here in addition to the forests.[2] Lush riparian areas are home to the Coeur d'Alene Salamander and tailed frog.[3]

Just east of the Mt. Bushnell area is approximately 40,000 acres of roadless land centered on Cherry Peak, highest in the Coeur d'Alenes. Vertical relief exceeds 4,500' in less than two miles from the Clark Fork River to this area's highest peaks.[2] Several tiny alpine lakes are hidden in cirque basins on Eddy Mountain.[2] Subalpine fir and devil's club are commonly found.[2]

Another 18,000 acres are roadless around Patrick's Knob. This area contains thick forests of Douglas-fir and larch in the west and scattered trees in the east; a large and commonly seen herd of bighorn sheep winters here.[2] An old bootlegger's cabin is located on Fourteen Mile Creek.[2]

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  1. ^ "Coeur d'Alene Mountains". Retrieved 4 March 2007.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Cunningham, Bill (1990). Montana Wildlands. Helena, MT: American Geographic Publishing. p. 51. ISBN 0-938314-93-9.
  3. ^ Cunningham, Bill (1995). Wild Montana. Helena, MT: Falcon Press Publishing Co. p. 109. ISBN 1-56044-393-6.