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Quartz-Loon Scenic Drive-USFS


  • Scenic Highway
The Kootenai River parallels the route for the first 5 miles, providing a scenic foreground to the Cabinet Mountains. Whitetail deer and ruffed grouse are common along the entire length of this drive. Moose may be seen in the upper Quartz Creek/Loon Lake area and blue heron, loons, and osprey may be seen at Loon Lake. There are numerous beaver dams and lodges, and elk and black bear are occasionally seen. The roads on this scenic route are good quality paved or gravelled roads. As this area is heavily timbered, you may encounter logging traffic.

Length: 37 miles -- Township 31N, Range 31W, Section 19
Area Map: Kootenai National Forest Visitors Map
USGS Map 1: Scenery Mountain
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Mailing Address
Kootenai National Forest
12557 MT Highway 37
Libby, MT 59923
All Year (snow dependent)
Special direction map

Special Directions

From Libby, travel north 0.5 mile on Highway 37. Turn left onto River Road 853, checking mileage. Travel 4.4 miles and turn right onto Quartz Creek Road 600. Travel 18 miles, turn right on Road 471, and travel 1.3 miles to Loon Lake. Continue 3 miles to Pipe Creek Road 68, then turn and follow 17 miles back to Highway 37.