Explore the most popular trail running 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.

trail running
7 days 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.

hiking
27 days ago

The road up to the parking lot has a lot of washboard areas which made the drive less enjoyable, even in a 4WD truck. Parking was adequate.

The hike was very enjoyable. Lots of variety including lakes, rocks, streams and alpine meadows. We didn’t run into any bears but we had bear spray just in case.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

felt longer than it was. aside from steep downhill beginning, mostly gradual up and down. lots of timber, so no views from trail. fished, no luck. couple campsites & fire rings next to lake. pretty lake. would be good for a trail bike too.

backpacking
1 month ago

Beautiful if you can find your way down to it! Desperately wanted to spend the night. Was at the top looking down on Crater Lake but trail was hard to follow. It appears to lead you through a Bush-whacking stretch but if you find yourself doing that then you missed the narrow little, hard-left turn that seemingly only takes you to an overlook. As I was later told, you need to follow over (along the top of that rock) and trail continues on other side. It is thick bear country — evidence in my pic of large scat at ‘end of trail’.

hiking
2 months ago

very overgrown, hard to follow and 2 miles in becomes mucky as well

hiking
2 months ago

Holy moly, this trail is a workout! We hiked to the top, aka when you see the sign for Alpine Trail #7. You can keep going on that trail if you wish, all the way to Jewel Basin. If you want a shorter hike, you can hike to the waterfalls that are approximately 2.2 miles from the trail head. Once you cross the logs, you have to hike up the hill to the left to get all the way to the waterfalls. The top has some of the most amazing views of the valley and of GNP. Bring bear spray for sure and know that this trail is not very populated. Lots of bugs too. Great, challenging hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Was a fun fairly easy hike . Some cool views of the little waterfall if you climb down a little ways . Lots of up and downs but not very steep. Not much parking but wasn’t too busy, ran into a couple people. Lots of dogs both on and off leash. Lots and lots of mosquitoes, bring bug spray! And finally once you get to the lake there is a nice little sitting area someone has made out of logs with a little fire pit if you’d like to have a picnic once you get there.

So I will break it down, when you get to the “T” in the trail take a right!! The main attraction to this trail is Jenny Lake which is a grunt to get up. After taking a right at the “T” you will make a pretty strenuous climb before making a slight descent into the lake. We saw a moose, no bear scat, but definitely in bear territory. Hope you all have fun, I wish they would change the name to Jenny Lake Trl. rather than Dorris Cr. Trl.

hiking
2 months ago

We took our three dogs on this hike. Our GPS measured 2.38 miles from the trailhead to the big rocks at the lake, so the total distance estimate is spot on. We averaged about 22 minute miles on the way out, which is primarily uphill. About .75 miles in on the trail is the log bridge you see in the photos. Our dogs had no trouble crossing. There are two other stream crossings that have rocks for step stones but are only a few inches deep. We crossed two groups on the way out. One had been fishing and caught some cutthroat. There is no real shoreline though so you have to fish from rocks or take waders. On the return trip the last half mile is straight uphill but not bad. I'd say the trail is overall easy with some moderate parts on the elevation sections. We saw some birds and skunk fur but no other animals. Great hike, well marked trailhead, room for at least 8 cars to park.

Is there parking at the trailhead?

you gain a lot of elevation... then drop low again. For a backcountry skiier its always a loss when u lose elevation and have to climb and gain it back. but the veiws of the valley are hard to beat!

Great trail if you are looking for a challenge!

hiking
4 months 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.

on Cedar Flats Loop

4 months ago

entrance inside private property

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

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

hiking
9 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.

hiking
9 months ago

quiet and be ready for a swim

hiking
9 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
10 months ago

Awsome mountain biking trail!!!!!!

hiking
11 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
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

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

hiking
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Great trail! Uphill climb in, easy out.

hiking
Sunday, September 03, 2017

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.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

steep but worth it

hiking
Saturday, August 19, 2017

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

hiking
Friday, August 18, 2017

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.

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