Best Trails in Flathead National Forest

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on Stanton Lake
7 days ago

hiking

Busy trail. Starts out steep uphill then levels out for a while then you drop down to the lake. It's a short day hike. Lake is pretty with a nice shoreline to hang out for lunch or fishing or whatever.

on Lupine Lake Trail
7 days ago

horseback riding

We have taken horses in here many times. Busy trail with hikers, mountain bikes and dirt bikes. Everyone has always been respectful of our stock. Easy trail, only takes about an hour to get to the lake on horseback. There are a few spots along the lake to have lunch or go fishing. No hitching rails at the lake. Very limited parking at the trailhead.

on Harrison Lake
7 days ago

horseback riding

We have done this trail with our horses a few times. We park at a pull off of hwy 2 probably about 10 miles past West Glacier. From the parking area we cross the road, go down a RR Access road, over a RR tunnel and down to the river. Ride east up the shoreline until you find a safe place to cross. The river where we cross is usually just a bit above knee deep on the horses, but pretty fast moving and a bit stressful. Once across, we look for a little stream that heads back into the woods with a trail along it. This trail will take you to the main trail and past the Doody Cabin. Make sure you check Glacier's website for a trail status. We made the mistake of assuming it was clear one summer and spent our whole day cutting trees off the trail and never made it to the lake. Harrison is a beautiful lake and the backcountry campsite has a fire ring and hitching rails for the horses. I definitely recommend it for a late summer/fall full day trip.

on Jewel Basin Trail No. 717
7 days ago

hiking

Didn't see any wildlife, but some great views on the way to Birch Lake.

on Jewel Basin Trail No. 717
24 days ago

hiking

Pretty area. Trail gets a bit narrow and overgrown at points. Good for wildlife and birdwatching.

on Jewel Basin Trail No. 717
26 days ago

hiking

Great hike. Spectacular views. We even saw a big white mountain goat walking along the trail.

on Jewel Basin Trail No. 717
1 month ago

hiking

Gorgeous -

on Holland Lake and Falls
1 month ago

gorgeous and not too difficult! great views!!!!

on Noisy Creek Notch Trail
1 month ago

Beautiful hike - spectacular wild flowers and great scenery - late July.

on Crater Lake
1 month ago

hiking

The first 5 miles in was beautiful. The last mile to the lake is not well marked and the trail is overgrown. We didn't make it all the way to the shores of the lake, but we could see it.
We did stop at Birch Lake on our way in, lots of people fishing and we watched a few people catch some.

on Stanton Lake
1 month ago

hiking

Short trail leads up to a nice alpine lake. Very pretty scenery. Lake temperature cool but suitable for swimming. Nice pebble beach area at one end makes nice entry for a swim.

on Holland Lake and Falls
1 month ago

Beautiful hike, lots of people on trail during weekends

on Lupine Lake Trail
1 month ago

hiking

Great hike with some steep terrain but levels out in between. Quiet lake and Beautiful canyon waterfalls. We mapped at 6 miles round trip. Do yourself a favor and come in on the west side. Way way shorter and almost all pavement.

on Columbia Mountain Trail
1 month ago

hiking

Great hike for 8 yrs and up. once you get to the water, head left and follow the trail up to the top. Great falls. Enjoy.

on Holland Lake and Falls
1 month ago

Always a fun hike

on Sapphire Lake
1 month ago

hiking