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Beaver Lakes via Lion Mountain Trail is a 21.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Whitefish, Montana that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, horses, and mountain biking and is best used from May until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 21.6 mi Elevation gain 2,867 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Snow

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Beautiful route that's very simple with a great variety of trees and flowers. Note: If dogs are not under positive voice control, they must be leashed. Please remove pet waste with the provided mutt mitts.

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Reviews (114)
Photos (109)
Recordings (125)
Completed (168)
Kalli Wagnon
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Mountain bikingMuddyRockyScrambleSnow
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Zak Anderson
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Mountain biking

My “go to” from town ride. Best in spring and fall when there’s less foot traffic and you can really haul ass.

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Andrea T.
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Hiking

We began at the Reservoir Trailhead and hiked 1.5 miles to the lookout. It was stunning. (You get a better photo on the switchback below the lookout because of the trees at the top, though.) Then we hiked another mile, mile-and-a-half before turning around. Lots of switchbacks through wooded areas, and a fair amount of bicycle “traffic”. Very pretty hike. This section is moderate vs hard.

Janine Forrest
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Hiking

I only did about 5km (10 return) of the trail - really nice and shady, but I realised too late that this is off leash for dogs (sign at trail head) which is not great when you have yours on lead (prey drive) and dogs (several different times) came running up out of nowhere with their humans not in sight into my dog's face.. fortunately no incidents, but never good having leash and off leash dog interact - I was just visiting the area, so no drama for me to not return, but wanted to advise others when they are planning their adventures!

Alejandro Rueda Loaiza
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Hiking

Padrísima ruta. Muy sencilla y con una gran variedad de árboles y flores. No vimos a nadie en el camino, tuvimos todo para nosotros solos. El lago al final, uuuuf, excelente lugar para comer unos sándwiches y regresar. Estupendo día.

Jed Winder
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Running

Heavily wooded trail with easy access from main road. I enjoyed it for early morning run while in town.

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Phill Guay
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Mountain biking

Fun trail. Fun but challanging.Whole family really enjoyed the ride!

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Joyce and Otto Bertrand-Winkler
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Great trail to get yourself into shape for the back country

Stanley Choi
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Hiking

Great trail, love the many options to go as far as u can or short hike.

donald Plank
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Hiking

Beautiful trail to summit of lion mountain. Unfortunately the clouds and snow began before we reached the top and the view was obscured.

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Wayne Gregory
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Running

Nice easy trail run with some great views. Very peaceful early morning run. Lots of shade. First time ever in WhiteFish so I didn’t want to get too crazy.

Tonia Weatherford
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Hiking

Very easy trail. Several people with dogs on the trail and ran into some bikers. Skyles Lake overlook was worth the hike. Just beautiful.

Danielle Leblanc
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We hiked swift creek to smith lake. Relatively little elevation gain so easy with kids. Map says 2.6 each way but my tracker said 6 round trip from the swift creek trailhead. My 2&7 year old kids went swimming in the lake. The area was fairly dry and dusty but the forest sections were nice and cool. Only saw 2 mountain bikers and a handful of other hikers. Excellent trail conditions.

Brittany N
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Hiking

We hiked from Swiftcreek to Smith Lake, which is 2.6 miles each way. Really nice trails and definitely easy enough for kids. Enjoyed the area and the mellow hike.

Thomas Sears
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Running

Did 12 miles today. Good trail. Great view of Lake. Little traffic mainly some mountain bikers but no issues with wide enough trail for passing.

Jen Andy
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This trail is actually a handful of small trails w/ different trailheads all linked together. It's part of the Whitefish Trail System. It'd be nice if the different loops and trailheads were entered into the system separate in order to track mileage in one area or another. Even just to know where all the access points are, instead of just calling it one big trail.

Husky Hiker
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Hiking

Nice local place to hike. Beautiful flora and fauna in late June.

Brian AP-Exploring
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Hiking

Easygoing trail close to town, easy walk for all ages. Trail can lead you into additional trail system for more advanced hiking. Do use caution when on this trail due to bears are almost always active near by.

Jeff Mitchell
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Hiking

Great hike and good place to take a dog! Did the 2.6 mile overlook trail of Skyles Lake! Great views and nice trails!

Ronnie W.
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Hiking

Great Hike.

Kenneth & Deborah Causey
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Mountain biking

Perfect day! Only one other rider and two ladies walking dogs. The trails were all ours. Mother Nature spoiled us today.

Andrew Weber
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First to Review

my wife and I Kayaked the river, we are experienced Kayakers and canoeist and at first thought the info was correct, class 1 suitable for beginners. On the river just below Hodgson rd we ran into white water and a complete log jam with a very bad "strainer" our kayaks and all our gear got pulled under along with us, we were lucky to make it out alive. The important thing is that other people be warned of this danger so some family with small children do not die on that strech of river.

Chris Daley
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Mountain biking
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Paul G.
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Hiking
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Paul G.
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Hiking
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Madeleine Martinez
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Hiking
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Madeleine Martinez
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Hiking
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