Coeur d'Alene Mountains
|Coeur d'Alene Mountains|
|Elevation||7,352 ft (2,241 m)|
|Length||98 mi (158 km) E/W|
|Width||62 mi (100 km) N/S|
|Area||2,590 sq mi (6,700 km2)|
|States||Idaho and Montana|
|Parent range||Bitterroot Range|
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. This area is/was densely forested with lodgepole pine generated from the Great Fire of 1910. Thirty miles of trails provide good hiking opportunities in this roadless area. Talus slopes, grassy parks in the highest reaches, and boggy creek bottoms characterize the landscape here in addition to the forests. Lush riparian areas are home to the Coeur d'Alene Salamander and tailed frog.
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. Several tiny alpine lakes are hidden in cirque basins on Eddy Mountain. Subalpine fir and devil's club are commonly found.
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. An old bootlegger's cabin is located on Fourteen Mile Creek.
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