Hiking

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The Forest has 2,249 miles of trails that access mountain lakes, peaks, valleys, and wind along river bottoms.   The variety of users that enjoy the Flathead Forest trails include hikers, bikers, horse riders, ATV and OHV riders, snowmobilers, and motorcycle riders.  Many of the trails provide for multiple use with hikers, riders, and bikers using the same trail.  On these trails, please be respectful of all users and share the trail.  Other trails are designated for specific uses such as the Danny On Trail and the Jewel Basin Hiking Area are for hikers only.  The Run Away Train and Summit Trail located at the Whitefish Mountain Resort are specficially for mountain bikers. 

Here is a list of trail miles by activity:

  • Motorized trails 442 miles
  • Non Motorized trails 1,801 miles
  • Wilderness trails 1,147 miles
  • ATV trails 30 miles 
  • Cross-country ski trails designated 30 miles
  • Snowmobile trails dsignated 157 miles
  • Pack and Saddle trails 1,741 miles
  • Mountain bike trails designated 41 miles

The Forest's trail crews and partners that help keep the trails open for your use try and clear the tails as soon as they are snow free. At any time during the summer season, trail conditions can change due to wind events, fires, and slides.  Please check the Forest's website alerts prior to using Forest trails. 

Areas & Activities