Explore the most popular dogs on leash 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.

12 days ago

Good day hike to do with the dog. First mile was rough but it was easy after that initial incline. Lots of fallen trees to crawl under, and the water was really high so there were limited spaces to sit by the water.

Beautiful views for a quick out and back trip. Easy enough for a season starter to get you back into hiking.

1 month ago

The snow is about 3- 4' deep at this time. A friend and I snowshoed up with my two Labs. The lake is still frozen. The first part of the trail is a steep uphill grind but it levels off, sidehills for a distance and then drops into the lake. Nice hike. Its about two and a half mile round trip according to the Hiking guide of Montana which I would agree with. Great Northern and Grant Ridge which you can see from the foot of the lake are gorgeous.

Amazing scenery all the way up. Beginning of Trail can be confusing. The view from the top is worth every step. We passed quite a few little mountain goats.

This is by far my favorite hike in the flathead valley! There hasn’t been a time when I haven’t seen some form of wildlife (mountain goats, moose, etc.). Highly recommend!

Not as bad as I thought for a summit trail. It is a trek up but if you take your time you'll be fine.

4 months ago

Excellent waterfall hike in the Winter!

5 months ago

quiet and be ready for a swim

7 months ago

Beautiful views and easy for everyone!

Great hike anytime of the year!

It hailed the whole time, but always a great time in the back country!

We hiked this trail right after it snowed. Beautiful scenery and a challenging climb. The view from Mt Aeneas was gorgeous. We took a different trail down.

This hike is amazing ! We seen several goats, the wild flowers were amazing, and the views can't be beat. It's a HARD climb, so be prepared for that. the only bad part, was the flies !! We had bug spray on, and they seemed to love it ! The higher you get, the bigger the flies get and harder they bite !
I recommend going in the morning, so it's cooler while ur climbing. We didn't see any bears, but did see a few scat piles....so make sure you carry spray.
Have a great hike !

Great hike. Great views. LOVED IT! Just know the above info is not correct. My guess is the 3.2 miles is one way. Forgot to charge my GPS or would have a number for you. The map above is not the loop the description talks about either. It shows the hike as basically an out and back trip (ignore the loop it shows). If I had studied the map at the trail head, I would have found 717 goes down the other side of the summit and swings back around to Picnic Lakes. From the lakes you can proceed back the the parking lot finishing your loop. So study the map (or get one to take), know that your hike is likely 6 to 7 miles long and the hike is more than just a gradual incline to the summit. Also, don't forget to enjoy every step. Without the loop (which I would have loved) it's still a fabulous hike!

Awesome views and a great trail to hike! Certainly one of the best trails I have ever hiked!

on Marion Lake Trail

9 months ago

Good hike up above the Izaak Walton Lodge (drive up the road behind the lodge to the trailhead to start). We saw only one other family up at the lake all day. The walk was aggressively steep at times, and very overgrown (mainly thimble berry bushes, but watch out for the occasional devil's club bush) in many areas. It was significantly harder than any other "moderate" rated trail we have done.
If you start early on a dewey morning, you might be in for a wet walk.
Lake is a picturesque spot for relaxing, or taking a swim (water was cool, but quite swimmable). Lots of small trout rising to take emergers off the surface.

Great hike. Do it every year

Amazing wildflowers! Shade and blue skies. Bring a map for peace of mind.

Visited from Canada. We hiked to Twin Lakes which was very beautiful. My friend jumped in which was glacier cold. Bring your bug spray!

The trail doesn't get 'difficult' until the last mile or so. Even then, it wouldn't be horrible for an avid hiker. The wild flowers were beautiful and the trail wasn't all that busy. No wildlife except a few picas :)

9 months ago

Easy and kid friendly hike. Falls are beautiful and you can hike right up to them. The views of the lake and Mission mountains are fantastic. Can be crowded.

10 months ago

Beautiful hike, and the falls and views are stunning.

Fabulous hike

Falls were gorgeous

10 months ago

This trail was our warm up before heading to Glacier and BOY was it a warm up! I was worried that Glacier would be a letdown after hiking this trail. It wasn't but hey Id never been! We chose to continue the hike at the top of Mt. and do the full loop which I highly recommend. We were there July 10th and the upper trail was totally snow free although the loop down the backside was about 40% snow covered. Luckily another group had hiked it earlier and we found the trail relatively easy. So worth it! The loop takes you through several distinct terrains from denser forest to charming little mountain lakes. Great Hike!! One note, the road up to the trail head was long, dusty and because we weren't expecting it, a little freaky with the switchbacks, washboard road surface and precipitous drops with no guard rails. Used to it now though!

10 months ago

Really pretty Lake with views of the mountains. According to my GPS, it's significantly shorter than 4.3 miles, but maybe that depends on where you stop. We backpacked in and camped, there are a few nice camp sites with fire pits. The trail starts off pretty steep too, and goes uphill for awhile. Not really what I'd classify as easy, especially with an 8 year old carrying a backpack. Overall, beautiful and a good hike or camp spot. Super easy access off Hwy. Decent lake to fish in too.

10 months ago

Oh my goodness, this trail has it all. I was worried about bears so I made a lot of noise and saw no wildlife. A lady I met on the trail said she saw mountain goats though. All of the lakes are spectacular. Crater lake it by far the best. So secluded and peaceful. The trail is a bit hard to follow and overgrown in just a few places. Coming out was much easier to follow and very strenuous. Well worth every step though. The views are some of the best I have seen. Do not sell yourself short and stop at Birtch Lake, Crater is well worth the extra hike!

This Trail exceeded my expectations! My 4 and 5 year old were able to do it, and it was about 90 degrees out! definitely a kid-friendly Trail! If its hot, encourage them by letting them know two small Creeks cross the trail along your way and there are plenty of opportunities to jump in the lake as well. If it's a sunny day, this Trail sees a lot of sun quite often so make sure to bring sunscreen and bug spray! The trail is wide and beautiful the entire way up. I'll be back for sure. It is a gorgeous hike!!

We found the trail to be moderate but there are no signs for it. If you park at the Izaak Walton Lodge (which looks pretty cool). You have to take the metal bridge over the tracks. Not dog friendly especially in the summertime (that metal is very hot). We asked a lodge employee where to find the trail. I think he mistakenly told us to go the wrong way. You can park closer to the trail if you take the next road to the west that says Dickey Creek. Follow that road around to the left and you avoid the Izaak Walton Inn.

10 months ago

Normally I would rate this as a 5 because it is absolutely beautiful. However, today, the bugs, specifically flies were so bad that it took away from the experience. The minute you were still they were swarming you and it was super annoying. The only other downfall is the road to get to Camp Misery. It's washboard and dusty as can be. Besides that, this hike has some of the best views around, the wildflowers and bear grass are amazing and later in the season, there are a lot of huckleberries. Will still recommend it without a doubt!

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