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The Best Backpacking in Bigfork

Looking for the best backpacking in Bigfork? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Bigfork. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top backpacking spots in and near Bigfork

  • Kalispell, Montana

    Hike to Summit of Mount Aeneas

    4.7
    6 mi / 1700 ft gain
    This hike can easily be overlooked since it is in such a geographically rich area, with Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness so close, but it is absolutely a hidden gem that doesn't get enough attention. Mount Aeneas sits at just over 7,500 feet and from the summit it gives amazi...
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  • Kalispell, Montana

    Backpack to Black Lake

    7 mi / 1500 ft gain
    Begin at Camp Misery (elev. 5,717 ft). This is a total misname by the way! It should be titled Camp On The Way To Awesomeness! Anyway, head .6 miles on Trail 8 to the intersection of trail. From here turn right on Trail 68 and hike .7 miles until the intersection where you turn right on Trail 7 f...
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  • Kalispell, Montana

    Backpack to Clayton Lake

    9 mi / 1500 ft gain
    From the Camp Misery Trailhead (elev. 5,717 ft) take the left Trail 8 for .6 miles. At the junction continue left for a 1.3 mile gently ascent into Jewel Basin. Nearing Twin Lakes continue left on Trail 7 for .6 miles until you reach Trail 55. Continue right, and make sure that after a short .3 m...
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  • Kalispell, Montana

    Tongue Mountain Trail

    24.02 mi / 5315 ft gain
    Tongue Mountain Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Kalispell, Montana.
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  • Flathead National Forest, Montana

    Hike Montana's Swan Crest Trail

    47 mi
    Getting There: Coming from Seeley Lake, take the road towards Bigfork. Continue until you get to mile marker 27 and turn right into the Morrell/Clearwater turn off. Stay on the road most traveled until you dead end at the trail head roughly 7 miles up the road. Park here. The Trail: The trail ...
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  • Essex, Montana

    Devil Creek to Elk Lake

    12.03 mi / 3025 ft gain
    Devil Creek to Elk Lake is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Essex, Montana.
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  • West Glacier, Montana

    Harrison Lake

    15.3 mi / 1076 ft gain
    Harrison Lake Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near West Glacier, Montana.
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  • West Glacier, Montana

    Fielding Coal Creek Trail

    31.11 mi / 8455 ft gain
    Fielding Coal Creek Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Essex, Montana.
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  • Flathead County, Montana

    Standard Peak from McGinnis Creek Road

    5.65 mi / 2211 ft gain
    Standard Peak from McGinnis Creek Road is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Polebridge, Montana.
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  • West Glacier, Montana

    Lake McDonald Backcountry SUP Camping

    4.0
    Paddle across gorgeous Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park to a secluded rocky beach for the day, or stay the night at the backcountry camp site just 20 steps from the water. Leave the car just one mile down from Sprague Creek Campground at the pull-off, and SUP, kayak, or canoe across the la...
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  • West Glacier, Montana

    Backpack to Lincoln Lake

    16.75 mi / 3747 ft gain
    It's a 1600 ft slow increase in elevation. You can walk around the loose rocks going around the lake for an additional 2 miles of hiking. There is a back-country campground at the base of the glacier-fed lake and an amazing waterfall at the opposite end of the of the campground. To camp overnig...
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  • Glacier County, Montana

    Firebrand Trail to Ole Creek

    23.31 mi / 3176 ft gain
    Firebrand Trail to Ole Creek is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a lake located near East Glacier Park Village, Montana.
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  • Condon, Montana

    Climb Holland Peak

    11 mi / 5200 ft gain
    About 2 mi. south of Condon, MT, take Rumble Creek Road east to Cooney Lookout and park at the trailhead at 4550 ft. Follow the trail for about 1 mi. and after about 100 yards after the third bridge, look for a well worn trail heading up the hill side. Take this steep, hard-packed trail and follo...
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  • Glacier County, Montana

    Cobalt Lake

    11.12 mi / 1768 ft gain
    Cobalt Lake Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near East Glacier Park Village, Montana.
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  • East Glacier Park, Montana

    Dawson Pass

    5.0
    12.01 mi / 2450 ft gain
    This is a somewhat strenuous but extremely rewarding hike in Glacier National Park. It is much less crowded than the more popular Logan Pass and High Line trails, and in my opinion, more rewarding. Dawson Pass is on the Continental Divide at an elevation of 7,598 feet. It sits between Mt. Helen ...
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  • Glacier County, Montana

    Oldman Lake via Pitamakan Pass Trail

    13.23 mi / 2352 ft gain
    Oldman Lake via Pitamakan Pass Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Browning, Montana.
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