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

Great hike if you’re looking for something close to Whitefish.

Beautiful scenery with the option to take a lift down.

Amazing scenery and views in mid-September. Be prepared for weather changes. Would definitely recommend this beautiful trail.

Took our dog on the hike and had a nice early evening hike ! Was beautiful scenery! Definitely would recommend this hike !

Great hike! It’s 3.8 to the end point and another .5 to the gondola. If I did it again, I would have had two IPAs at the bar and taken the gondola down. :) Enjoy.

pretty and quiet, nice. that said, the north half is basically a forest service road. the south half( as shown) is an actual road- yuck. however, I found an actual trail just to the north of said road that was pleasant.

as a flatlander this was a little tough. decent views throughout. lots of huckleberries to be picked. the last stretch up to the summit was the hardest part. gondola ride back down was well worth the $9 ticket.

hiking
1 month ago

A picture perfect nature walk. Don’t miss the lookout over the creek! It was bug-free in August.

Beautiful views but very challenging... technical for running in many spots.

We decided to do this one from top to bottom... took the chair up, grabbed a beer at the summit and made our way down. Very well-maintained trail with plenty of signage. The declines were very steep in spots which made me second guess our choice to start at the top, but we took the Flower Point loop which added about 1.5 miles to the hike and also provided some inclines to give our knees a break. This side loop also provides incredible views over the canyon at the resort's eastern boundary.

Tons of wildflowers and whitebark pine. Tons of birds, including one female ptarmigan.

Fun trail!

Very solid hike up Big Mountain. Huck picking along the way. Lots of bear scat but no bears today. Saw some eagles. Last stretch to the summit is worth it. As good as advertised a must do hike!

We didn’t think we were going to hike today because it was supposed to be a pretty hot day, but we got up to the Mountain and it was beautiful, so we grabbed some water and hit the trail. It meanders in out of tree cover and has lots of areas of shade with great views. We picked huckleberries and thimbleberries along the way. We turned around at about the 2 mile mark and headed back down. Would love to do this again when we’re more prepared!

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty boring trail and easy, except for the lookout over Skyles Lake. I think this would be much funner done on a bike and would encourage you to go farther.

Nice trail. Great views. Can opt to take the gondolas up and hike down. We hiked up and rode back down the mountain for a new view. Cost is a or $9 a person for the lift.
The top is worth going for. Some great views of Glacier. The last mile up, the elevation rises by over 800 ft.

The trail had clear markers and a lot of the hike you have views of Whitefish lake. When you are at the top you can get a good view of the mountains surrounding. I found the hike a little underwhelming, but still enjoyed it.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Great ride! Single and double track riding, with brief elevation gains balanced with downhill runs. FUN! Moderate skill level. Bring your bug spray!

Fantastic summer trail run from the mountain village. Some steeps, and some nice, varied terrain. Saw a black bear on the way back down.

Loved it. Wanted a challenging trail run and I got it. It was a grind going up and coming down was fast... stopped a few times to take in the beautiful scenery. What an awesome hike/trail run. Weather was great!! If you are looking for a great hike with some amazing views this is a good trail to do.

trail running
2 months ago

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.

on Swift Creek Loop

hiking
2 months ago

A story book trail. Lush green forest, well maintained trail, short .5 mile walk to the Swift Creek overlook. My COSTCO non-Deet bug spray was barely adequate even with reapplication every 15 minutes. Bring the good stuff or plan for dizzy dehydration due to blood loss. Clockwise on the loop for gentle trail up and more dramatic elevations down.

We hiked this hike on 7/1/18. I agree with the posted signs at the trail head, rather than the AllTrails rating, that this is a difficult hike. It is, at least, for those of us not used hiking at elevation. The hike starts at 4,733 feet and gains over 2k feet if you get all the way to the Summit House Restaurant at 6,817 feet. The tail head is actually in the Village of the Whitefish Mountain Resort (formerly called Big Mountain Resort), though the directions here and in Google will take you to the Base Lodge of the resort. From the base lodge (elev. 4,464 feet), you need to head up to the village/lift plaza, about .2 miles(?) to get to the trail head. Or you can take the base lodge chair lift up (free), if it is operating. Or you can drive and park directly at the trail head by navigating to Hellroaring Saloon and Eatery; parking is available here in this "village" area. The trail distance posted by the resort is 3.8 miles one way. If you add the .2 miles to get to the trail head from the base lodge, and believe the posted signs, the round trip for this hike is actually 8 miles.

Check the weather and be prepared for it to change. On July 1, the temperature at the Summit was 47 degrees and we hiked through light rain for almost the entire hike. This made for slippery conditions though the pine needle blanket on the trail alone means that you should wear real hiking shoes to make it up and down this mountain without falling. Parts of the trail were still covered in snow and there was plenty of snow on the edges of the trail near the top of the mountain. We encountered maybe 10 other groups of hikers during our time on the trail. Like us, many of them had lunch at the Summit House Restaurant after hiking up and then paid $9 each to take the chairlift back down the mountain.

They have improved the trail markings, at least as of our visit. When the trail seems to end near chairlift 5, they've added orange flags to direct you across the ski run to the continuation of the trail. At the top of the trail though, at the summit, it is not clear how to get to the restaurant. We walked up a very steep service road to get there, though there is apparently another path that we never found.

The views of Flathead Valley, Flathead Lake (from the summit), Whitefish Lake, and the surrounding forest are amazing!

A hike I would defiantly do again!
I would have given a 5, but I think charging for the lift, one direction, is a bit much! If you do the hike in one direction, as we did, it cost $9! Many other places don’t charge for one direction!
The hike took us 2 hrs and we stopped for pics many times, as there are great scenic views which make it a 5!

Oh, this is a beautiful trail! Couldn’t finish it because some of the hiking party was out of shape. If you’ve hiked semi-regularly, it’ll be no problem though!! And definitely worth it! First you go through woods and over creeks, then along the mountainside with outstanding views :) Though not an ideal hike for your grandma, it’s worth checking out if you’re in the area!

Perfect place to take small children. The birds and flowers are beautiful. Trail is fairly level and wide enough to walk while holding their hands.

This trail is easily accessible to all ages. I took kids aged 10, 13 and 14. Dogs are welcome on leash on this trail. We did the entire length of the trail to the summit. The views of the Flathead Valley from the trail are amazing. Lots of photo opportunities!
Trail is moderate difficulty in the beginning, but I would say hard the last mile or so. Summit house was open to grab a quick bite to eat, use the bathrooms and refill water bottles. We didn’t see any signs of wildlife, but were greeted by a beautiful marmot on the way down.
The only reason I didn’t give 5 stars is because the trail signage was confusing at times, and few and far between. It would be nice to have better markers on the trail.

trail running
2 months ago

Good to do with dogs. If you take the "road" that goes by the nature pavilion on the loop back, it shortens it a bit. We were there in the afternoon and it was fairly busy. Lots of people with offleash dogs and on mountain bikes. People were mixed in terms of trail etiquette (yielding, controlling their dogs).

walking
3 months ago

Went with my family that needed an easy hike. My mom had a hip replacement three weeks prior to this hike and liked it. She used walking sticks, but had no trouble navigating this. My two year old walked most of it herself. Nice and short, but don’t forget the bug spray!

Went with family of 6 with oldest kid being 8 youngest kid being 2. A nice hike with no complaints for the kids. 2 year old did most of it by foot.

Did this yesterday. Great hike even in the rain. Rated difficult at the location so be aware this is more than a moderate hike if you’re not in shape. Steady elevation going up and a bit hard on the joints on the way down, but better than taking the faster route down, which is very steep. Great views and the restaurant at the top is a nice stop to refuel before hiking back down.

Did this hike today. Nice trail with great views. Close to the top we ran into a lot of packed snow/slush/mud, but fine as long as you’ve got hiking shoes/boots. Lots of other hikers. No bear signs. Restaurant at the summit smelled delicious. You can take a faster route down which we did but it was pretty steep...our friend slipped and fell 4 times just due to the rocky/steep terrain. Going down the way we came up would have been easier on our knees and easier on our friend...

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