Sprunger-Whitney Nature Trail in the Swan Valley | Swan Lake, Montana

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. The loop trail is approximately 2.1 miles through old-growth, riparian forest on an old Indian trail. The Pend d'Oreille and Bitterroot Salish people traveled through this area long before the days of Lewis and Clark. 

The trail is named after Elmer Sprunger and Jack Whitney, two long-time residents and conservationists in the Swan Valley. 

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Latitude: 47.830884 Longitude: -113.830975 Elevation: 3204 ft
the best travel advice comes from the people who live here
Patrick Tabor

Trail Vertical Gain or Loss

500 feet elevation gain

Trail Distance

2+ miles (3.2 km round trip)

Type of Trail Experience


Driving Directions from Nearest Town or Landmark

Bigfork, Montana to Sprunger-Whitney Nature Trail: Approximately 32 min (26 miles) Take Hwy. 83 approximately 7.1 miles south of the Swan Lake Trading Post in Swan Lake. Turn right at the Point Pleasant Campground (1/2 mile south of mile marker 64). Follow sign to the trail.



I hiked that trail recently. I recommend it but bring hiking sticks with bells and bear spray.

Mark Waldrep, 9/2/2018

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