Explore the most popular hiking 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.

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...

mountain biking
15 days 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!

27 days ago

Nice easy hike

Did it with my dog this morning, still some snow and was definitely worried about waking any bears up from their winter slumber but we didn’t see any. Gets a little chilly but if you’re moving at a good pace you won’t feel it. Views are really nice; the flowers aren’t out yet and the markers are mostly down but it’s pretty hard to lose track of the trail - sometimes you can interchange it with the access road but it was very enjoyable. My dog could have done it 4x! But not me

1 month ago

Quick and easy trail. Beautiful and dense woods.


6 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.

7 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.

7 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.

Great trail, however due to winter storms, the trail was closed to the peak. We went as far as we could and then ran into some snow pack and downed trees. This is a great climb with no bouldering or rock scrambles. It is a beautiful hike that will get your heart and blood pumping. CARRY BEAR SPRAY and be aware and alert to wildlife. We ran into a very large (mama) brown bear and her two cubs that wanted to come up the same trail we were trying to descend. We ended up heading back UP the trail and scrambling down through some trees and brush to access a logging road that (thankfully) ran parallel to the Danny On Trail. Great for a quick(ish) hike - didn't take very long for us to complete. Maybe a couple hours.

Well kept and marked trails. Great views.

9 months ago

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

Great trail with awesome views of the valley but super hard elevation in the last mile!

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

Gorgeous trail through huckleberries and wildflowers. I recommend taking the lift to the top and hiking down.

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.

Beautiful trail. Difficult to climb up. Recommend taking the ski lift up and hiking down. 1.5-2 hour hike.

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

Very narrow steep trail along dry dirt and rock. Lovely wild flowers and huckleberries this time of year but short on views.

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.

Scenic trail- great hike, beautiful wildflowers!

Beautiful trail! Outrageous wildflowers, good work out. A must trek while in Whitefish.

Gorgeous hike hidden in the mountain!

10 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.

Love this 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.

Great trail. Birded two miles up and back. Trail was well marked and easy to follow at least to that point. Should have started earlier in day to beat the heat

I loved this hike great reward st the top of now costs to go up or down the lift

11 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.

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