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

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!

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

mountain biking
7 months ago

Awsome mountain biking trail!!!!!!

hiking
8 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.

hiking
9 months ago

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

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.

steep but worth it

hiking
10 months ago

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.

hiking
11 months ago

Pretty but challenging. Loved the water falls! And the view was amazing!

11 months ago

Very steep. Lots of elevation gain. Pretty view at all the top

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike with a few waterfalls along the way. Amazing views of the valley at various points. Hidden waterfalls just off trail that the dog loved to play in. Lots of elevation changes but also had lots of switch backs.

11 months ago

This is a great day hike and some good fishing to boot.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Great trail, pretty lake.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Great Family Hike..

mountain biking
Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Amazing trail, great view, small waterfall. I highly recommend doing it.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Great views and wildlife

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Encountered Black Bear on hike about 3 miles up.

horseback riding
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

We have taken horses in here many times. Busy trail with hikers, mountain bikes and dirt bikes. Everyone has always been respectful of our stock. Easy trail, only takes about an hour to get to the lake on horseback. There are a few spots along the lake to have lunch or go fishing. No hitching rails at the lake. Very limited parking at the trailhead.

hiking
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Great hike with some steep terrain but levels out in between. Quiet lake and Beautiful canyon waterfalls. We mapped at 6 miles round trip. Do yourself a favor and come in on the west side. Way way shorter and almost all pavement.

hiking
Sunday, July 17, 2016

Great hike for 8 yrs and up. once you get to the water, head left and follow the trail up to the top. Great falls. Enjoy.

on Aeneas Creek Trail

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Great hike, saw a few mountain goats!

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

I love this trail. I hike it all the time. The water fall is beautiful and it's a fun adventure on the way up and down!! Great views as well and my dog has the best time!

mountain biking
Friday, September 11, 2015

We did Hike-a-Bike for the first 5ish miles uphill. The ride down was worth it. Some loose bigger rocks today. The human traffic wasn't too bad. The weather was perfect and the views were great.

mountain biking
Sunday, August 30, 2015

Good trail that connects Griffin Creek Rd (FR 538) and Ashley Mnt (FR 9763). Most people come in from the west (Griffin Creek) and return the same way. It is roughly 7 miles from end-to-end and came be done as a shuttle. The lake itself has great fishing but is better accessed with a float tube. This trail is moderately used by stock, dirt bikers, mountain bikers, and hikers alike.

hiking
Thursday, August 13, 2015

Did this trail Aug 8th-9th with a couple of friends. Started at Columbia Mt trailhead, hiked to Jenny lake to camp the night. Great place to stop lots of fish great place to swim and cool off. Left next morning to head for Jewel Basin. The trail at some spots is closed in by brush around Strawberry lake area. Long climb out of Strawberry, beautiful scenery. Total trip from Columbia parking lot to Camp Misery 28.23 miles.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Great hike, beautiful views at the top!! We hike this every summer.

hiking
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Wonderful views

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Was splendid. Take the long way

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