Whitefish Divide Trail #26

Whitefish Divide Ridge Walk

The Whitefish Divide trail is 37.0 miles long. It begins at Werner Divide Road #1658 and ends at Jct. Ninko-thompson Seton Trail. # 28.  The Whitefish Divide Trail (Ralph Thayer Memorial Trail) follows the western border of Glacier View Ranger District.  The southern trailhead begins just south of Werner Peak Lookout and is accessed from road #1658.  For backpackers, water is located in China Basin and in wetlands to the north for about 2 miles.  There is also a creek at Haines Pass.  Water is scarce on the rest of the trail so plan accordingly.Portions of this trail are very steep and while easy to navigate, junctions are not well marked.  Ridge walks are marked by rock cairns where trail is not as apparent.  The trail crosses the road near Red Meadow Campground.  This northern section of trail is less traveled.

The trail is open for non-motorized uses.

At a Glance

Restrictions: Non-motorized
Closest Towns: Polebridge
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions: This trail has several access points, it is best to get a district map.


Day Hiking


Horse Riding