Danny on Memorial National Recreation Trail

MODERATE 41 reviews
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Danny on Memorial National Recreation Trail is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Whitefish, Montana that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2034 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

hiking
3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

Well kept and marked trails. Great views.

hiking
4 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

5 months ago

Scenic trail- great hike, beautiful wildflowers!

5 months ago

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

5 months ago

Gorgeous hike hidden in the mountain!

hiking
5 months ago

Love this hike!

6 months ago

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

6 months ago

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

6 months ago

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).

hiking
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

beautiful, good length!

hiking
Saturday, August 06, 2016

We really enjoyed this mountain trail. Gorgeous wildlowers and also berry bushes.

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Great views throughout. Thoroughly enjoyed this hike, especially the ice cold beer that was served at the top.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Hike was beautiful

Saturday, June 11, 2016

I haven't hiked this in several years, but enjoyed it when I lived in Whitefish. There are huckleberries to pick in season, there's the possibility to see a bear or moose and you can take the lift down and enjoy the view of the Flathead valley. Yes, the trail is poorly marked near the top. Just head for the restaurant at the summit. Also, there could be deep snow early in the year - even in early June if it was a good winter. Check the Web cams.

hiking
Thursday, December 31, 2015

This is a better Idea of the Danny On trail On Big Mountain Montana. http://www.summitpost.org/big-mountain-mt/522116 They do need better trail markers though.

hiking
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

My best friend lives in Whitefish Montana, one summer we hiked the Avalanche Lake trail and did the Danny On trail two days later. We took the Ski lift up and we intended to hike the trial down. However the trail is so poorly marked that we missed the trial where it crosses a bike path and ended up taking the bike path down, big mistake. Very hard way to go down . Also this map has it marked wrong it's trail head is at the Ski Resort and you can hike it round trip. or pay for the ski lift up or if you hike up you can ride down for free on the lift. I would like to do it again but hike it round trip.

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