The Cube Iron-Cataract area is located in Northwest Montana. It lies north of the Clark Fork River and the town of Thompson Falls, and stretches between the Thompson and Vermillion Rivers. You can view a map of the area, here: Cube Iron-Cataract area map. This area is mostly undeveloped backcountry and includes four Roadless Areas – Cataract, Deep Creek, Cube Iron and Sundance Ridge. It lies southeast and adjacent to the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness area and helps to provide a large and almost continuous stretch of wild country, valuable for wildlife habitat and quiet recreation.
This area is accessible directly from Thompson Falls and some of the easier access points are less than a half hour. The Cataract area is 5 minutes from Trout Creek.
The Cube Iron-Silcox/Catract Roadless Complex has pristine peaks, clean rivers, and a variety of challenging hikes. The Roadless Complex is abundant in wildlife species for those who like to site see, hunt, fish, or trap. Wildlife species include elk, big horn sheep, moose, mountain goats, wolves, foxes, grizzly and black bear, lynx, bull trout, cut throat trout to name a few.
The CCIS is located 1.5 hours from Missoula, Montana: 1.5 hours from Kalispell, Montana (and the Flathead Valley): 2 hours from Sandpoint, Ceour d’alene, Idaho: and 2.5 hours from Spokane, Washington.