Explore the most popular hiking trails near Bigfork with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful breathtaking views of Flathead valley and Hungry Horse Reservoir

hiking
15 days ago

Great for early morning hike The river was roaring when we went so it was really great walking next to it. Easy walking with pretty lookout!

Beautiful, easy walk

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!

A nice walk along the river in the heart of Bigfork. Wonderful for kids and dogs.

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.

walking
5 months ago

Big Creek Hike as the local sign postage has - Swan River Trail is flat, long, and easy to navigate. Today there was about 16" of powder/packed powder on the trail so normally this trail would be a walk. Nice and quite, this path allows for views of the river and quite self-reflection. Bring the pup if you got one!

hiking
6 months ago

quiet and be ready for a swim

hiking
6 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.

Bug spray and cover up for the flies! We did this hike in late July with the beargrass on full display.

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.

walking
9 months ago

Area is nice, but I can't consider this a hike. A brisk walk at best.

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 !

hiking
9 months ago

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

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!

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 :)

Stunning

Nice easy flat hike, great for an afternoon stroll, take some of the side trails for a view of the river and lake. We took the trail all the way to the paved road. We also saw deer.

hiking
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!

hiking
11 months ago

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

11 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!

very easy with kids. nice leisurely walk along the river. saw deer and people rafting

hiking
11 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!

11 months ago

Beautiful hike. We took our dog and loved it. Only one side note: we decided to do this on our drive from Swan Lake to Glacier National Park while towing our travel trailer. The road is narrow, dirt, and eventually reaches a pretty steep drop off the side towards the end. It's a great hike, just do it before you head to your next destination and leave the trailer. Also, there was plenty of snow left in the first mile of the hike.

May not be fair to rate since we did not technically hike this. We drove to trailhead but it was still snow packed mid June! Beautiful drive up but we were clearly amateurs and became worried how we would even turn the car around in the snow.

walking
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Nice walk with the family

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