Explore the most popular dog friendly trails in Flathead National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Decided to make an attempt to try this trail since I did not get to do it in the summer. Knew the trail would be icy, but had just purchased some Yaktrac’s, plus the trail had just got four inches of snow on it. Followed one set of tracks in, and not long into the trip, met a young woman coming back down. Trail was steep, but snow helped with traction. Finally got to where the hiker before me turned around and thought, I can’t resist going a little further and break the fresh snow. Glad I did, got to a beautiful view point. Believe I was only two miles into the hike, so it is back on my list for completion. Any day in nature is a good day, so I enjoyed the part I did do.

January hike. Very, very icy. We had yaktrax on and had a hard time in places. Good views. Well traveled; saw 4 other groups in 3 hours of hiking. Would be great snowshoe if there was a lot of snow.

Best marked/blazed trail I've ever been on! There are maps at every intersection to show the individual where you are and what the intersection brings.

The meadow loop is easy and relaxing. There are several other small trails off the meadow loop which you can go on to get more mileage or more elevations changes. Very fun and relaxing area!

The trail has well defined cross country ski tracks, though I saw people snowshoeing the trail (I just hiked and had spikes in the event the ice was bad but didn't need them after all).

Pretty cool trail! Somewhat strenuous. Great views of the valley to be had here.

Definitely gets the cardio in for the day! Lovely hike.

The trailhead is well marked. You begin by gradually going uphill, then it flattens out as you go around the left side of the creek and around a marshy area. We didn’t try hiking to the upper lake because of a lack of time. Looking forward to hiking it again next summer when it isn’t snowing and blowing.

on Lupine Lake Trail

3 months ago

Great day hike and gorgeous path through the pines. The lake is absolutely stunning and in the fall very secluded and not crowded one bit. A ways out there but worth it.

Steady increase in elevation, lots of switchbacks. Well worth the climb. the views the last 1/2 mile and lake is great. Did this hike with my 59 year old sister and Brother in law from Ohio n they crushed it.

3 months ago

Really enjoyed this hike and the lake at the end is quite secluded and breathtaking! Plus we only encountered 2 other people while hiking which we loved. Although the trail is a bit overgrown, we didn't have any difficulty following it. We did encounter quite a bit of bear scat along the trail though so make sure to bring the bear repellant.

The trail starts off with a decent climb for a while and then meanders downward through a river crossing and continues with fairly minimal decline and incline. The last bit goes back to a steeper incline but it much shorter than the beginning and after this bit of incline, the lake comes into view. Overall an enjoyable hike with a beautiful lake at the end!

3 months ago

One of the prettiest fall color trails you will find in early October. The drive in passes many striking fall scenes as well.

Easy trail with well maintained Creek crossings ending in gorgeous mountain lake views. Often quite busy despite the lengthy drive to the trailhead

Very nice hike through large pines with great lake views. As previously stated can be done as a 2ish mile loop.

3 months ago

Nice easy trail. scenery was awesome.

4 months ago

This was our first trail using all trails app. The trailhead was easy to find and has a bathroom. The hike starts off a slight bit steep but levels off nicely toward the top. The lake was really nice. We tried to walk to the second lake but the trail was a lot harder to follow and we were running short on daylight so we turned back. All in all great hike.

Great hike if you’re looking for something close to Whitefish.

trail running
4 months ago

Excellent trail. It’s really just a moderate trail, with a little more distance. Overall the elevation gain is nothing compared to a hard trail. This is a definite people pleaser!

P.S. there is immense trail damage from dirt bikers so I’m wondering if there’s any local dirt biker coalition that would be happy to do some trail maintenance. I’m willing to help out if they come to terms with the trace they leave.

Beautiful scenery with the option to take a lift down.

Beautiful Fall day. Temps in mid 50’s, no bugs & huckleberry bushes a vibrant red!

Amazing scenery and views in mid-September. Be prepared for weather changes. Would definitely recommend this beautiful trail.

Took our dog on the hike and had a nice early evening hike ! Was beautiful scenery! Definitely would recommend this hike !

Just beautiful.

Great hike! It’s 3.8 to the end point and another .5 to the gondola. If I did it again, I would have had two IPAs at the bar and taken the gondola down. :) Enjoy.

Beautiful, crystal clear lake at the end of a easy 2 mile hike. First part of trail had some fairly steep climbs but nothing really tough. Low 70’s & no bugs or fish.

Worth the climb. It was steep and tiresome but the beauty of the lake was worth it. Bring bear spray & bug repellent & make loud noises every few minutes. We did not see a bear but the top was full of wild strawberries and the lake is a good watering hole. The drive to it was a bit desolate but there were some cars there when we arrived.

I really like this trail. The views along the way are nice and become amazing from Standard Peak. You can see the entire Flathead Valley from the top. The road to access this trail is seasonal. There is a gate on McGinnis Creek Road that is closed until July 1st. I think it stays open until possibly some time in September. There are a few places along the trail that are under the cover of trees, but it is mostly open so wear sunscreen.

pretty and quiet, nice. that said, the north half is basically a forest service road. the south half( as shown) is an actual road- yuck. however, I found an actual trail just to the north of said road that was pleasant.

as a flatlander this was a little tough. decent views throughout. lots of huckleberries to be picked. the last stretch up to the summit was the hardest part. gondola ride back down was well worth the $9 ticket.

Trail not maintained and completely over grown. After 15 minutes of walking through 4’ shrubs had to turn back.

This was challenging for sure, but we hadn’t really prepared for it and do not normally hike in mountainous terrain. Views were OK and the trail was in good condition all the way up.

5 months ago

Did this hike last weekend. Lake was great and the trail was pretty easy. The trail up to island lake was a little difficult to stay on as it was overgrown in spots. The was only one bigger camp site with two smaller sites that could probably only fit one tent. I only saw one camp site on island lake but I bet you could camp on the sizable island if you can get your gear over to it. Still plenty of snow in spots even in August.
We did see quite a few day hikers on the trails but none stayed long as there are several lakes to explore.

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