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.

trail running
14 days 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
15 days 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.

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.

trail running
22 days 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
23 days 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.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Super fun mountain bike loop for beginners. We just started venturing into mountain biking and have had a hard time finding trails that aren't incredibly bumping, curvy, or without major inclines/declines. This one was so perfect! A little exciting with a few bumps, two sharp turns, but lots and lots of fun. I wanted to do the loop all darn day!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice easy hike

2 months ago

Quick and easy trail. Beautiful and dense woods.

Awesome

walking
7 months ago

So, I wanted to give this a 3.5 but I feel it falls closer to 3 then 4 so there ya go. Pretty standard trail; clearly marked, well packed, and the like. Today (15 Dec 17) was snowy, so i feel it was better then it would normally be with the silence and such. Dog friendly, but be aware from spring-fall it's gonna be bear and cat country.

hiking
8 months ago

Very easy trail. Several people with dogs on the trail and ran into some bikers. Skyles Lake overlook was worth the hike. Just beautiful.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail that is easy for kids and close to town. The golden larches are beautiful in the evening sun. Skyles Lake overlook was our destination.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice and easy. DIdn't see much at the end due to fires but still nice to explore.

A quaint trail with a nice lake overlook; it's just hard to be impressed here after a week in glacier np.

We followed the map above for hiking.... we frequently checked the map to see if we were on the right trail. We didn't see a single sign that indicated we were on George's Gorge. Instead the entire trail followed a trail called Journey. We saw heaps of Deer on the trail and fresh rip raspberries as well as bear skat. Be bear aware when hiking this trail. It wasn't difficult at all, perhaps longer then anticipated. Seemed also to be a lot longer then 4.5 km. However we were also hiking and each carrying 45lb and 50lb children.
Beautiful forested trail with some great views and a small pond.

Great for young children. We pushed a 3 wheeled, jogging stroller for our 2 year old, although he could have walked most of it.

We hiked swift creek to smith lake. Relatively little elevation gain so easy with kids. Map says 2.6 each way but my tracker said 6 round trip from the swift creek trailhead. My 2&7 year old kids went swimming in the lake. The area was fairly dry and dusty but the forest sections were nice and cool. Only saw 2 mountain bikers and a handful of other hikers. Excellent trail conditions.

hiking
11 months ago

We hiked from Swiftcreek to Smith Lake, which is 2.6 miles each way. Really nice trails and definitely easy enough for kids. Enjoyed the area and the mellow hike.

trail running
11 months ago

Did 12 miles today. Good trail. Great view of Lake. Little traffic mainly some mountain bikers but no issues with wide enough trail for passing.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

This trail is actually a handful of small trails w/ different trailheads all linked together. It's part of the Whitefish Trail System. It'd be nice if the different loops and trailheads were entered into the system separate in order to track mileage in one area or another. Even just to know where all the access points are, instead of just calling it one big trail.

hiking
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Nice local place to hike. Beautiful flora and fauna in late June.

hiking
Friday, January 27, 2017

Easygoing trail close to town, easy walk for all ages. Trail can lead you into additional trail system for more advanced hiking. Do use caution when on this trail due to bears are almost always active near by.

hiking
Thursday, December 01, 2016

really nice day hike, easy trail anytime of the year. nice lookout in middle of hike.

hiking
Friday, October 14, 2016

Great hike and good place to take a dog! Did the 2.6 mile overlook trail of Skyles Lake! Great views and nice trails!

on Whitefish Trail

hiking
Thursday, September 29, 2016

Great Hike.

mountain biking
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Perfect day! Only one other rider and two ladies walking dogs. The trails were all ours. Mother Nature spoiled us today.

skiing
Friday, June 24, 2016

Nice trail. Can get a little flat in spots so carry some speed if on a snowboard or you'll end up paddling.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Great for Xcountry in the winter and Mtn biking late spring through summer and fall. Fairly popular year-round and a favorite with dog owners....recommend leasing until clear of other users! Deer and the occasional moose, fox and coyote is what I've seen, but I suppose cat, bear and even wolf inhabit the area from time to time.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Very dry and smokey out today. Bring your water and enjoy the workout through the trees! If your looking for Lots of uphill and downhill. ..this is s good place to be.

Load More