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.

13 days ago

Quick and easy trail. Beautiful and dense woods.


5 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.

6 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.

6 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.

8 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.

9 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
9 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.

10 months ago

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.

10 months ago

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

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.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

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

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

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.

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.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Nice trail ride there yesterday. With the recent tree thinning, the views are much better!

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

I hiked Big Mountain in late spring early summer and I found it quite difficult. Great scenery almost the entire way, but couldn't reach the summit due to snow.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

This trail is a little bumpy, and lot's of blind corners, you pick up speed really fast even though it isn't that steep. Be moderately cautious as it is next to the main run (caribou) so skiers and snowboarders like to jump in at different spots. It's best in January-February (in my opinion).

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