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The Best Hiking in Flathead County

Looking for the best hiking 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 hiking spots in and near Flathead County

  • Flathead County, Montana

    Snowshoe the North Fork Area of the Flathead River

    1.5 mi / 0 ft gain
    Starting in Columbia Falls, MT, which is 17 miles from Kalispell, MT, locate North Fork Road off of Railroad Street. Follow North Fork Road about 17 miles. While along the Flathead River, there are many Forest Service roads that are accessible to snowshoe along. There are roads that lead to the F...
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  • Columbia Falls, Montana

    Hike to Apgar Lookout

    4.0
    7 mi / 1850 ft gain
    Precursor: I completed this hike in November, hence the snow in the photos. Due to a lack of tree coverage, this hike is best suited for a cool summer day, or in the late spring and early autumn. It is doable in the heat of the summer, but be sure to pack plenty of water. This hike begins by tre...
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  • Martin City, Montana

    Drive around Hungry Horse Reservoir

    About 100 miles of mostly gravel roads (14 miles of pavement) will take you around this beautiful reservoir.  With that many miles of road and the shoreline to go with it, it is obvious that there is plenty to see and do in the Hungry Horse area. Check out some of my other adventures for ideas of...
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  • Evergreen, Montana

    Doris Mountain via Doris Ridge Trail

    6.28 mi / 1670 ft gain
    Doris Mountain via Doris Ridge Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Kalispell, Montana.
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  • Whitefish, Montana

    Big Mountain via Summit Trail

    16.26 mi / 2356 ft gain
    Big Mountain via Summit Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Whitefish, Montana.
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  • Whitefish, Montana

    Gray Wolf Ski Trail

    18.71 mi / 3458 ft gain
    Gray Wolf Ski Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Whitefish, Montana.
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  • Whitefish, Montana

    Hike Whitefish Mountain via the Danny On Trail

    5.0
    7.6 mi / 2250 ft gain
    The Danny On Trail starts from the base area of Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort and zig zags its way up to the summit. The trailhead is near the Chalet building/Hellroaring Saloon upper parking lot (there's a big sign). The trail passes through Douglas fir, western larch, spruce and fir trees. The ...
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  • West Glacier, Montana

    Apgar Bike Trail

    3.58 mi / 102 ft gain
    Apgar Bike Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near West Glacier, 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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  • Whitefish, Montana

    Lion Mountain Trail

    2.92 mi / 453 ft gain
    Lion Mountain Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Whitefish, Montana.
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  • Flathead County, Montana

    Hike to Blaine Mountain

    7.3 mi / 2350 ft gain
    To reach the trailhead for this hike, it is about an hour's drive from nearby Kalispell. You will drive around Hungry Horse Reservoir on the West Side Road, and turn off onto Doris Creek Road. Be sure NOT to get this mistaken with the nearby Doris Ridge Road. Once turning onto Doris Creek Road, i...
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  • West Glacier, Montana

    Hike the Rocky Point Trail, Glacier NP

    5.0
    2.04 mi / 350 ft gain
    From the trailhead, just past Fish Creek Campground on the North Fork Road, begin strolling along the trail towards Rocky Point.  The trail meanders through some forest, and along a stream, and then eventually gets you some views of Lake McDonald.  The trail is signed the whole way. Finish off yo...
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  • West Glacier, Montana

    Rocky Point via Lake McDonald Trail

    1.63 mi / 138 ft gain
    Rocky Point via Lake McDonald Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near West Glacier, Montana.
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  • Flathead County, Montana

    Hike Glacier View Mountain

    5.04 mi / 2880 ft gain
    Driving north from Columbia Falls, MT for 20 miles, park after the junction of the Camas Road and the North Fork Road. This parking area is directly after the junction on the east side of the road and the trail begins on the west side of the road.The beginning of the trail is started with many sw...
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  • Whitefish, Montana

    Swift Creek Loop

    1.5 mi / 207 ft gain
    Swift Creek Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Whitefish, Montana.
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  • West Glacier, Montana

    Hike to Howe Lake

    4 mi / 240 ft gain
    The hike begins along the Inner North Fork road across from a small parking area. The trail meanders up a slight incline most of the way through areas of a recent fire, as well as some areas with spectacular wildflowers when it gets a bit more lush. Around 1.7 miles in you will go up a relatively...
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