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.

Did it with my dog this morning, still some snow and was definitely worried about waking any bears up from their winter slumber but we didn’t see any. Gets a little chilly but if you’re moving at a good pace you won’t feel it. Views are really nice; the flowers aren’t out yet and the markers are mostly down but it’s pretty hard to lose track of the trail - sometimes you can interchange it with the access road but it was very enjoyable. My dog could have done it 4x! But not me

hiking
14 days ago

difficult to find, dont follow the map link because that takes you to private property on the golf course. take the "getting there" instructions and you will find it.
nice trail once you find it.

entrance inside private property

trailhead inside bridge construction done

would probably be great if you didn't spend most of your time just trying to find the trailhead.

Did this trail years ago with Wes and Sue. Camped and fished at the lake. Slid down the Glacier in July. I remember the bugs were relentless! Good memories.

Perfect little day hike. Lots to see along the way. In the fall the colors are amazing and it's not very crowded.

cross country skiing
4 months ago

Beautiful vista

hiking
5 months ago

Hard to find the trailhead during the winter so i'm rating this a 3/5. Not groomed or anything either, but definitely plenty to discover and do a little bushwhacking.

The reviews and photos for this “trail” are all over the place. Some of the photos are on the xcountry ski trail, others appear to be on the Lakeside to Blacktail trail which is NOT a loop. It appears from other reviews that people did not even know where they were. Very untrustworthy, and not dependable.

hiking
5 months ago

If you are looking for a trail that has steep switchbacks through the woods, with no noteworthy views for most of the hike, and little more than a dirt road at the end, then this is the hike for you! With the exception of a nice view of the lake at the beginning of the hike, this was a pretty disappointing hike.

mountain biking
6 months ago

Awsome mountain biking trail!!!!!!

flat & easy. A small stream in the first mile. Not too many good overlooks. The Alpine Loop that cuts through the to the right follows a very deep gorge.

Great trail, however due to winter storms, the trail was closed to the peak. We went as far as we could and then ran into some snow pack and downed trees. This is a great climb with no bouldering or rock scrambles. It is a beautiful hike that will get your heart and blood pumping. CARRY BEAR SPRAY and be aware and alert to wildlife. We ran into a very large (mama) brown bear and her two cubs that wanted to come up the same trail we were trying to descend. We ended up heading back UP the trail and scrambling down through some trees and brush to access a logging road that (thankfully) ran parallel to the Danny On Trail. Great for a quick(ish) hike - didn't take very long for us to complete. Maybe a couple hours.

Bug spray and cover up for the flies! We did this hike in late July with the beargrass on full display.

Cool Fall day, tons of bear scat, no bears!

Well kept and marked trails. Great views.

hiking
7 months ago

Not what I expected. I was looking for a 10 mile hike and thought this was it. When this says it is 5.3 miles I thought the trail would end. There is a small waterfall at about 2.5 miles but the trail continues on after that. If you want to go to the lookout at the top of the mountain it is about 7.3 miles one way that are pretty steep. Since I didn’t know what to expect on this trail I kept going past the waterfall. If you want to see a better waterfall than the one that is directly on the trail, cross the small river and go up the riverbank on the right. There is about a 20 foot waterfall about 2/8 of a mile up the river. The trail does go up at first and then down and then up. The last 4 miles are really steep so be prepared. The view from the top is breathtaking.

Great loop. My gps measured at 2.2. FYI. A lot of bear sign. Bring your spray.

hiking
8 months ago

Pretty trail, moderate difficulty. Lake is beautiful and has great fishing. I take my out of town family here every visit.

Great trail! Uphill climb in, easy out.

I was disappointed by this hike and we past a couple coming out that stopped hiking after 15 minutes of hiking this trail. The trail was so over grown that it chaffer your legs. You are able to see the creek a few times, but you are mostly on the trail without a lot to look at. We did see fresh bear spore about 45 minutes in and decided to turn around.

Great trail with awesome views of the valley but super hard elevation in the last mile!

steep but worth it

hiking
9 months ago

If this is "moderate," I'll be staying away from "hard" ratings.

Gorgeous trail through huckleberries and wildflowers. I recommend taking the lift to the top and hiking down.

hiking
9 months ago

This is pretty much just a workout hike. no destination (lake, mt. view) per the description. At the end, the trail comes to a T intersection with no information where this leads. We passed hikers on our way down that said if you go right at the T for a mile and a half it leads to Jenny Lake and two small Doris Lakes for fishing. That would be useful information to include in the trail description, but that makes it about 5 miles one way to a lake, but at least you can camp and have a destination per se, rather than just a long uphill slog with little in the way of panoramic views. Lots of scat, but no bear/cat sightings. Some huckleberries. Would not do this hike again.

Great hike. Was definitely interesting there was a nudist at the top!!

hiking
9 months ago

Very nice hike - no bugs and almost no people. Went a mile beyond maintained trail. Next time I'd go early and try for the mission range ridge.

Beautiful trail. Difficult to climb up. Recommend taking the ski lift up and hiking down. 1.5-2 hour hike.

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