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The Best Backpacking in Flathead County

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

Top backpacking spots in and near Flathead County

  • 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

    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

    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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  • West Glacier, Montana

    Backpack to Logging Lake

    8.8 mi
    Backcountry camping is the best plan if you’d like to visit Logging Lake, and the primitive campsites lay at the end of a four and a half mile hike through some of the most unspoiled sections of the park. The trail follows logging creek most of the way to the lake traversing through a variety of ...
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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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  • 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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  • West Glacier, Montana

    Granite Park Chalet via Highline Trail

    4.5
    11.49 mi / 1950 ft gain
    The trailhead for the Highline Trail is located near the west side of Logan's Pass. Parking is limited at the Pass so arriving early to guarantee a spot, or taking a park shuttle (no fee) is suggested. The shuttles run consistently during the day at different locations throughout the Park. Howeve...
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  • Browning, Montana

    The Garden Wall

    15.16 mi / 3944 ft gain
    The Garden Wall Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near West Glacier, Montana.
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  • West Glacier, Montana

    Highline and Swiftcurrent Pass Trail

    15.31 mi / 2598 ft gain
    Highline and Swiftcurrent Pass Trail is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a lake located near West Glacier, Montana.
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  • Browning, Montana

    Granite Park via Highline Trail

    11.54 mi / 1466 ft gain
    Granite Park via Highline Trail is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Siyeh Bend, Montana.
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  • West Glacier, Montana

    Granite Park to Flattop Mountain Trail

    27.54 mi / 6325 ft gain
    Granite Park to Flattop Mountain Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Lake Mc Donald, Montana.
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  • West Glacier, Montana

    Backpack from Glacier NP to Waterton Lakes NP

    5.0
    25 mi
    Day 1: This gorgeous backpacking adventure begins at the Packer's Roost trailhead, which is almost halfway between West and East Glacier on the Going-to-the-Sun Road. This trailhead is marked on the highway before you get to the "Loop." It's a quick left turn so keep your eyes peeled as you pass ...
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  • West Glacier, Montana

    Continental Divide Trail to Fifty Mountain Shelter

    32.7 mi / 14022 ft gain
    Continental Divide Trail to Fifty Mountain Shelter is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Siyeh Bend, Montana.
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