Bigfork, Montana Trail Guide

Located in Montana's Glacier Country, Bigfork, Montana is nestled on the north shore of the Flathead Lake and offers a wide range of year-round multi-use trails for hiking, boating, mountain biking, equestrian, snowshoeing, nordic skiing and dog sledding. Its ideal location allows for quick access to trails in and around the Jewel Basin Hiking Area, Crane Mountain Area and Swan and Mission Mountains. Escape the summer crowds and explore the many trails around the Flathead Valley.

Below is list of local favorite trails around the Bigfork area. All make for great day hikes, with some offering additional backpacking and bike riding opportunities. Select a trail and add it to your trip.

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Bigfork, Montana
Community | Appealing Downtown Area

Bigfork, Montana is a quaint, vibrant community where the Swan River flows into the north shore of Flathead Lake. Known as Montana's Christmas Village it is actually a year round destination with an impressive line-up of local and globally…

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Bigfork Nature Trails | Bigfork, Montana
Outdoor Adventure | Hiking Trail or Trailhead

With a trailhead right in town, the Bigfork Nature Trails (formerly Swan River Nature Trail) is a focal project of local residents committed to maintaining public access along this wild stretch of the Swan River. Once the old highway to the Swan Valley,…

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Wayfarers State Park | Bigfork, Montana
Natural Area | State or Provincial Park

Area residents in the know will tell you that the best sunsets on Flathead Lake can be viewed from Wayfarers State Park. The rocky cliffs along the shoreline offer beautiful vistas of the lake at any time of day. The park is located near the…

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Strawberry Lake Trail #5 | Bigfork, Montana
Outdoor Adventure | Hiking Trail or Trailhead

Strawberry Lake Trail is a 2.8 mile trail that ushers you along switchbacks through a lush coniferous forest before opening up to Montana's Flathead Valley views approximately 1.5 miles from Strawberry Lake. Strawberry Lake is a small alpine lake…

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Peters Ridge Trail #37 | Bigfork, Montana
Outdoor Adventure | Hiking Trail or Trailhead

Peters Ridge Trail #37 offers "quick" access to sweeping views of the Flathead Valley, in NW Montana. The trail tends to be steeper and more rugged than the well-known Read more

Jewel Basin Hiking Area | Montana
Outdoor Adventure | Hiking Trail or Trailhead

Montana's Jewel Basin is a day hiker's paradise and only a half-hour drive from downtown Kalispell. The area is studded with 25 alpine lakes and offers 35 miles of hiking trails and expansive views of the Flathead Valley to the west and Hungry…

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Mount Aeneas Trail #717 | Bigfork, Montana
Outdoor Adventure | Hiking Trail or Trailhead

Mount Aeneas Trail #717 ushers you through sub-alpine spruce forest before climbing up to a ridge traverse to Mount Aeneas (7,528 feet), the highest point in the hikers-only Read more

Birch Lake Trail #724 & Crater Lake | Bigfork, Montana
Outdoor Adventure | Hiking Trail or Trailhead

Birch Lake and out to Crater Lake, in Western Montana's Jewel Basin Hiking Area, are both great day hikes for the family and lovers of alpine lakes with views. The trails are relatively easy hikes after the initial elevation gain from the Camp…

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Flathead Lake Interpretive Trail #77 | Bigfork, Montana
Outdoor Adventure | Hiking Trail or Trailhead

Flathead Lake Interpretive Trail #77 is a family-friendly 0.4 mile loop trail with short spur trail option, along the eastern shore of Flathead Lake. Long sweeping switchbacks make the steep descent to a small secluded swimming beach a decent…

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Sprunger-Whitney Nature Trail in the Swan Valley | Swan Lake, Montana
Outdoor Adventure | Hiking Trail or Trailhead

The Sprunger-Whitney Nature Trail is an interpretive, non-motorized family friendly hiking trail built by Friends of the Wild Swan on leased Montana state school trust lands. It provides nature walks that identify plants, birds and other wildlife. …

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Turquoise Lake Trail #708 | Condon, Montana
Outdoor Adventure | Hiking Trail or Trailhead

Turquoise Lake is the last of six gorgeous lakes on this stunning six mile hike (one way) based in Montana's Swan Valley. The trail offers endless mountain views and picnic opportunities, or even backpacking if you want to stay and fish. 

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1 Bigfork, Montana
2 Bigfork Nature Trails | Bigfork, Montana
3 Wayfarers State Park | Bigfork, Montana
4 Strawberry Lake Trail #5 | Bigfork, Montana
5 Peters Ridge Trail #37 | Bigfork, Montana
6 Jewel Basin Hiking Area | Montana
7 Mount Aeneas Trail #717 | Bigfork, Montana
8 Birch Lake Trail #724 & Crater Lake | Bigfork, Montana
9 Flathead Lake Interpretive Trail #77 | Bigfork, Montana
10 Sprunger-Whitney Nature Trail in the Swan Valley | Swan Lake, Montana
11 Turquoise Lake Trail #708 | Condon, Montana