Flathead Lake Interpretive Trail #77 | Bigfork, Montana

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 option for stretching your legs. This trail and associated interpretive trail pamphlet (see attachment below) was developed in partnership with the Bigfork High School.

For those looking for additional mileage, hop across the road from parking lot to the Beardance Trail #76 Trailhead for a steeper hike.


Latitude: 47.956214 Longitude: -114.033841 Elevation: 2992 ft
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Highlights and Best Features of this Trail

  • Swimming beach access
  • Family-friendly hike
  • Interpretive pamphlet correlates with numbered plaques along trail *see pdf above
  • Close driving proximity to Flathead Lake fruit orchards

Trail Distance

0.4 mile loop interpretive trail

Type of Trail Experience


Driving Directions from Nearest Town or Landmark

Bigfork, Montana to Trailhead
From Bigfork, go south on Highway 35 past Woods Bay, and turn right after mile marker 23, entering the Beardance trailhead parking. The trail goes downhill from both parking areas, creating a loop.

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