Day Hikes Close to Kalispell

FOYS TO BLACKTAIL TRAIL SYSTEM

A variety of trails ranging from 1 mile to 18 miles, year-round | Foys Lake Road/Herron Park, 5 miles from downtown Kalispell
Dogs on leash, wildflowers, views, horseback riding, mountain bike, snowshoe
This easily accessible area is a favorite spot for hikers, families enjoying a nature hike, single track mountain bikers, horseback riders and winter sports enthusiasts. Community support has helped the nonprofit that oversees the trails to grow the entire site to 440 acres and extend the trails south to Blacktail Mountain located above Lakeside.
www.foystoblacktailtrails.org

BIRCH LAKE

6.8 miles round trip, June-October | Jewel Basin Hiking Area, Bigfork
Dogs on leash, wildflowers, fishing, wildlife, views, swimming
The 3 acre lake is set in a small valley with views of four mountain ranges. The trail is moderate in difficulty, wandering through subalpine forest with some climbs and switchbacks. It mostly follows the mountain edge for scenic vistas and wildlife viewing and huckleberry picking when in season. Flathead National Forest, Hungry Horse Ranger District.

STANTON LAKE

3-4 miles round trip, year-round | Hwy 2, 16 miles east of West Glacier
Dogs on leash, fishing, views, horseback riding, snowshoe, swimming
Although appropriate for all skill levels, the first half mile does have a steep incline. This is a pretty, uncrowded lake with many trails leading from the main trail to various beaches on the lake. Enjoy expansive views of Glacier National Park and the Great Bear Wilderness and at the end of the lake there is a small island you can swim out to. Flathead National Forest, Hungry Horse Ranger District

Notch Overlook – Herron Park – Foys to Blacktail System

LION LAKE TRAIL

1 mile round trip (great for kids), year-round | Hungry Horse Dam area
Dogs on leash, fishing, picnicking, swimming
Trail starts at the Lion Lake Picnic Area south of Hungry Horse. Trail follows the east shore of the lake and includes gentle and rolling terrain through the woods with views of the lake. Flathead National Forest, Hungry Horse Ranger District

COLUMBIA MOUNTAIN

4 miles round trip to waterfall | off Hwy 2 north of Columbia Falls
Dogs on leash, wildflowers, views, mountain bike, horseback riding
The four mile hike takes you through several rock outcrops that offer views of the Flathead Valley. Waterfalls are located approximately .5 mile, 2.5 miles and 4 miles from the trailhead. It’s a spring favorite when wildflowers blanket the slopes. Continue to top of Columbia Mountain for spectacular views of the valley – 12 miles round trip. Flathead National Forest, Hungry Horse Ranger District

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