Explore the most popular views 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 Views. The trail was pretty easy and straight forward. Saw a couple mountain goats near the top.

A beautiful trail well worth the effort. The first portion of the trail isn’t bad with gradual switchbacks. Once you reach the end of the switchbacks, it is an easy flat hike overlooking Bigfork and Flathead Lake with an informative wayside about white barks and fire. After the flat section, you come to a crossroads. There are 8 different trails (including the one you just hiked on) that all come together. There were only a couple of signs that told you which trail was which. Luckily, we hiked on a Saturday so there were plenty of people to ask which trail led to Mt. Aeneas. It’s the one trail that goes straight up! This is the strenuous part of the trail that had 3 trees down across it. 1 that you have to climb under and 2 to climb over. Once you reach the Microwave Tower you’re almost there! Continuing to Mt. Aeneas is well worth it. We saw about 15 mountain goats at the top. Beautiful views. We will be back to continue on down to the Picnic Lakes from Mt. Aeneas once some more snow melts.

Last little bit was getting a bit strenuous but pretty amazing hike all the way up, especially the ridge walk at the end. Saw some goats up there but bring extra layers for the peak.

Amazing 360 degree views at the summit, well worth the hike!

This was our first hike on our trip from coastal texas(sea level). Beautiful trail all the way up to the summit. Saw a mountain goat up close who was very curious about us , hanging around until he finally let us pass to summit. The last mile and a half was pretty strenuous, with a steady long incline that ended with 23 degree wind chill and heavy snow/ sleet. Absolutely beautiful views 360 degrees. Lots of lakes below. Great mtn vistas. Backside was still covered in snow on july 2. Loved it.

Hiked this on 7/1/18 and it’s an absolutely gorgeous trail! Very steep and strenuous, but we got right up next to mountain goats, and the views were WELL worth the steep incline. Must do!!

Loved it. Views all the way up make it worthwhile . Went on a rainy cloudy day and couldn’t see anything up at the top once we were in the clouds. Lots of friendly people and dogs, most were kept on leashes. Multiple trails and ways you can take up to the top and on the way back down. Still lots of snow in some places. If you have the chance to do it definitely do !

We loved this hike. There was still a lot of snow but the views were stunning and even my seven year old could handle the climbs.

I absolutely love this hike. Views are amazing!

Great trail with stunning views, but definitely still a little early in the season. The trail head was about 1 mile away from where we parked due to the amount of snow on the road, and the first mile or so of the true trail was almost entirely covered with snow. There were quite a few fallen trees and snowy patches along our ascent, but nothing that kept us from making it to the top. Continue up the ridge from the station for some even better views - we were able to come fairly close to some mountain goats! Would absolutely go again, just maybe after some more snow melts.

Beautiful breathtaking views of Flathead valley and Hungry Horse Reservoir

hiking
1 month 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
6 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
7 months ago

quiet and be ready for a swim

hiking
7 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
10 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
10 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 :)

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