Explore the most popular walking 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.

Did this trail years ago with Wes and Sue. Camped and fished at the lake. Slid down the Glacier in July. I remember the bugs were relentless! Good memories.

Old trial is over grown and mostly obsolete. Take the paved trail that follows to creek

Cool Fall day, tons of bear scat, no bears!

8 months ago

I actually did this as a park of a out and back to crater lake. Highly recommend stopping here and taking a quick tour around its beautiful.

8 months ago

What a beautiful hike! The view of the valley and area lakes and river is breath taking. Birch Lake is a pristine lake that is beautiful! Fish were jumping the day we were there. Bring your fishing poles if that is something you enjoy doing!

Great hike. Was definitely interesting there was a nudist at the top!!

It was an absolutely beautiful trail. Lots of wildflowers and adorable chipmunks. I only encountered a few people and the lake was small, but completely worth it. The smoke was pretty bad so you couldn't see the valley. However, there were a lot of beautiful things on the trail to keep me distracted. The lake was pretty and a perfect temp to pop in and cool down!
I didn't think it was that hard of a trail. I mean I'm a bit out of shape so I was kind of puffing, but I'm out of shape!

This trail is amazing. We were there yesterday (July 30th 2017) and practically had the lake to ourselves. We probably saw Allison Frueh for a few minutes up there as there was only one other person there. The hike up is beautiful and if you look at the surrounding flora it is gorgeous. Huge patches of wild raspberries and huckleberries. I would not call it monotonous, the forest is gorgeous and the lake was refreshing on a hot day. It was great for our dog with a creek at the beginning and then another one where he could take a sip about 2.5 miles in. I

The trail itself is uninteresting & monotonous, but the lake is beautiful! Clear, cool water perfect for taking a dip. I was at the lake @ 3 o'clock on a Sunday and had the whole place to myself. Good thing, because it is a small lake and not much area to relax on the shore. The nagging flies drove me away prematurely.
I did see a black bear in the berry bushes 10 mins into the hike. He ran away after I told him to

Difficult hike for the weary but an unbelievable view of glacier from a side rarely visited. The trail is not highly trafficked and can be bushy at times. Don't succumb to high hopes on the false summits and when you get to the top you will pat yourself on the back with a big grin. Be very careful crossing road to get to the trail- esp July-august as visitors pour in.

9 months ago

The trail offers amazing views of both Jewel Basin and Flathead Valley. Birch lake is quite the reward though. Beautiful water with excellent views. Limited water sources until you get there though so take note if you are bringing your dogs.
You can continue up the Alpine trail to 2 other lakes as well. Definitely recommend this hike!

Fun and challenging hike. Lots of huckleberries along the trail. Lots of elevation changes, and lots of flies along the path. The views are occasionally good, but mainly obstructed. The lake is beautiful, but small.

Perfect hike! The trail is in great shape. Amazing views, and best of all, a beautiful lake to swim in at the end. very much worth the work!

I really liked this trail. If you decide to go on to squaw lake or crater it is very over grown. We had to turn back around at squaw lake. But this was definitely worth the hike. Beautiful overlooks and plant life.

10 months ago

This is a beautiful hike with great views. There is also a trail that goes around the entire lake. Not a difficult hike, and totally worth it!

10 months ago

A great trail for all levels of hikers. We had little kids with us and they did great. Great views of the Flathead Valley and just the right amount of people on the trail.

10 months ago

Loved this hike! Definitely some sketchy parts of the trail that were slick gravel with a huge drop off on the side, so not for younger kids. Gorgeous lake!Rainbow trout, waterfalls, and snow this time of year! Watched mountain goats sled from the top of MT. Aneas, and could see 3 other lakes at the backside of Birch Lake. One a bit lower that was fed from Birch lake, and then 2 on the other side of the mountain at the back of birch lake. Not to mention being able to see Echo lake, Flathead Lake, Lake Blaine, and a few others from the trail about midway up. Bring your fishing pole or even your camping stuff!

Hiked into Strawberry June 23rd, beautiful sunny day. Trail in great shape & beargrass in full bloom! No scat on trail.

Looks like they are trying to phase out the old trail; a large log was placed in front of the trail once it leaves the main portion of the park. I kept going after the log, and it was pretty muddy and there were lots of mosquitoes. You're probably better off sticking to the main paved trail that heads up the creek; it was easy and peaceful.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Fun place for kids. Easy access.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Absolutely love this hike. It's pretty easy, short, and has stunning views the whole way.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Great hike, Ive been on this trail several times and enjoyed each time. This trail has a lot of switchbacks and steep sections. Hiking up to the top and seeing the lake is well worth the hike. Watch out for the bears along this trail ...

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Great shortie hike, ran into about 2 feet of snow at the lake but, great big views for such a brief (strenuous) trek!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Great trail! Strenuous but worth the hike :)

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Beautiful, even in the wind and rain

Saturday, October 01, 2016


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

This was an amazing fall hike- colors were unbelievable!! Definitely up hill until you get to the lake but well worth it!

Monday, September 26, 2016

It was a workout but so beautiful!! Would go again.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Beautiful fall weather today with clear sky's and temps at base in low70's. Trail is well maintained but steady elevation gains for first 2 3/4 miles. The last stretch is fairly even with great views of the valley. Lake area is brushy with only shore areas to picnic. Great workout hike!

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Not a long hike but good climbing elevation from the get go. Would totally go again and then explore the other trails that take off from the right and left once you get to the lake.

Load More