Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

hiking
4 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.

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.

Well kept and marked trails. Great views.

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

Great trail! Uphill climb in, easy out.

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

hiking
8 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
8 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.

on Marion Lake Trail

hiking
8 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.

Very narrow steep trail along dry dirt and rock. Lovely wild flowers and huckleberries this time of year but short on views.

Difficult hike for the weary but an unbelievable view of glacier from a side rarely visited. The trail is not highly trafficked and can be bushy at times. Don't succumb to high hopes on the false summits and when you get to the top you will pat yourself on the back with a big grin. Be very careful crossing road to get to the trail- esp July-august as visitors pour in.

Beautiful old growth forest well established trail. There are a few large fallen trees to get around or over. The hike offers a peaceful setting through the forest as the trail climbs to the overlook of Tally Lake. Must do!

Scenic trail- great hike, beautiful wildflowers!

Beautiful trail! Outrageous wildflowers, good work out. A must trek while in Whitefish.

Gorgeous hike hidden in the mountain!

Love this hike!

Great trail. Birded two miles up and back. Trail was well marked and easy to follow at least to that point. Should have started earlier in day to beat the heat

I loved this hike great reward st the top of now costs to go up or down the lift

hiking
9 months ago

Nice hike to do on hot days-lots of shade.

Beautiful views of the valley from this trail and right now the beargrass is in full bloom. Huckleberries later in season. Part of the trail is closed up top right now and you have to go straight up the keep trail instead. Love that you can hike up and ride the chairlift down (or the other way around).

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.

Beautiful surroundings. Pretty steep uphill for a good portion. Easy way back, but be prepared for lots of bugs!

Bring a fishing pole!

backpacking
10 months ago

Okay, so I'd give it a 4.5 if you go on a weekday on an off week. Good hike with a few beautiful vista lookouts on the way up to the lakes. Defiantly worth the hike!

trail running
11 months ago

All up and then back down

hiking
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

beautiful, good length!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Relatively easy trail. Well marked.

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