Whitefish, Montana Trail Guide

Located in Montana's Glacier Country, Whitefish, Montana sits on the south shore of Whitefish Lake, at the base of the Whitefish Range and is a basecamp for a wide range of year-round multi-use trails for hiking, paddle boarding/kayaking, mountain biking, equestrian, snowshoeing, and nordic skiing. It's best known for The Whitefish Trail, a user-supported community driven trail system, with over 42 miles of forested natural surface trails and 12 trailheads/connectors located in and around town. Ride or hike from town, take quick drive to trailhead or dependent on your accommodation request shuttle to and from trailhead.

Don't leave town without hiking up Big Mountain to the north of town, on the famous Danny On Trail. This hike offers gondola access (if needed) to the Summit Nature Center where you can enjoy sweeping views of the Flathead Valley, Glacier National Park, Canada and so much more.


Below is list of local favorite trails around the Whitefish area. All make for great day hikes or rides. Select a trail and add it to your trip.

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Downtown Whitefish, Montana
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Downtown Whitefish, Montana
Community | Appealing Downtown Area

The smoky tang of steam locomotives once filled the air. Now inhale the sweeter perfume of craft beer and gourmet coffee in this railroad frontier town transformed into a recreation hub with nightlife and an array of top restaurants. Pescado…

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Whitefish Bike and Pedestrian Paths | Whitefish, Montana
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Whitefish Bike and Pedestrian Paths | Whitefish, Montana
Outdoor Adventure | Hiking Trail or Trailhead

The Whitefish Bike and Pedestrian Paths and the Whitefish River Trail offer a paved off-street access for walkers, runners and cyclists, in Whitefish, Montana.

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Danny On Memorial Hiking Trail | Whitefish, Montana
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Danny On Memorial Hiking Trail | Whitefish, Montana
Outdoor Adventure | Hiking Trail or Trailhead

There's no better way to commune with Big Mountain than hiking up its spine.

While there are hundreds of miles of trails to hike and explore in the Big Mountain and Glacier Park area, there is only one Danny On, that leaves directly from…

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The Whitefish Trail- Swift Creek Trailhead | Whitefish, Montana
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The Whitefish Trail- Swift Creek Trailhead | Whitefish, Montana
Outdoor Adventure | Hiking Trail or Trailhead

The Whitefish Trail is a user supported, community-driven asset providing over 42 miles of natural surface trails and twelve trailheads located in a forested, rural environment. The diverse trail system is appropriate for outdoor enthusiasts and…

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The Whitefish Trail - Reservoir Trailhead | Whitefish, Montana
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The Whitefish Trail - Reservoir Trailhead | Whitefish, Montana
Outdoor Adventure | Hiking Trail or Trailhead

Just minutes from downtown Whitefish, Montana explore the Whitefish Trail in Haskill Basin. Climb 1.5 miles through cedar groves to the Valley Overlook to gain expanding views of Whitefish Lake and the Swan Range. It is the perfect location to…

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The Whitefish Trail - Lion Mountain Trailhead | Whitefish, Montana
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The Whitefish Trail - Lion Mountain Trailhead | Whitefish, Montana
Outdoor Adventure | Hiking Trail or Trailhead

The Whitefish Trail is a user supported, community-driven asset providing over 42 miles of natural surface trails and twelve trailheads located in a forested, rural environment. The diverse trail system is appropriate for outdoor enthusiasts and…

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The Whitefish Trail- Skyles Connection Trailhead | Whitefish, Montana
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The Whitefish Trail- Skyles Connection Trailhead | Whitefish, Montana
Outdoor Adventure | Hiking Trail or Trailhead

Directly outside downtown Whitefish, Montana there is a trail that whisks walkers, runners, hikers, bikers, and equestrians away through mile upon mile of public and private lands: it’s called the Whitefish Trail.

The Whitefish Trail is…

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The Whitefish Trail- Spencer Trail | Whitefish, Montana
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The Whitefish Trail- Spencer Trail | Whitefish, Montana
Outdoor Adventure | Hiking Trail or Trailhead

Montana's Whitefish Trail is a user supported, community-driven asset providing over 42 miles of natural surface trails and twelve trailheads located in a forested, rural environment. The diverse trail system is appropriate for outdoor…

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Whitefish Bike Retreat and Trailside Lodging | Whitefish, Montana
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The Whitefish Bike Retreat and Whitefish Lodging is a unique property with trailside lodging and camping facility bordering The Whitefish Trail- Beaver Lakes Section and offers additional trail system on its property, located in Northwestern…

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The Whitefish Trail- Beaver Lakes Area Trailheads | Whitefish, Montana
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The Whitefish Trail is a user supported, community-driven asset providing over 42 miles of natural surface trails and twelve trailheads located in a forested, rural environment. The diverse trail system is appropriate for outdoor enthusiasts and…

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The Whitefish Trail- Lupfer Trailhead | Whitefish, Montana
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The Whitefish Trail- Lupfer Trailhead | Whitefish, Montana
Outdoor Adventure | Hiking Trail or Trailhead

The Whitefish Trail is a user supported, community-driven asset providing over 42 miles of natural surface trails and twelve trailheads located in a forested, rural environment. The diverse trail system is appropriate for outdoor enthusiasts and…

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Tally Lake | Whitefish, Montana
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Tally Lake | Whitefish, Montana
Natural Area | Lake, River, or Waterfall

Said to be the second deepest lake in Montana, Tally Lake is set in a long and narrow valley with cliffs and tree-covered mountainsides on either edge. The lake is fed from water from upstream Star Meadows, a large wetland which creates a tannic…

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1 Downtown Whitefish, Montana
2 Whitefish Bike and Pedestrian Paths | Whitefish, Montana
3 Danny On Memorial Hiking Trail | Whitefish, Montana
4 The Whitefish Trail- Swift Creek Trailhead | Whitefish, Montana
5 The Whitefish Trail - Reservoir Trailhead | Whitefish, Montana
6 The Whitefish Trail - Lion Mountain Trailhead | Whitefish, Montana
7 The Whitefish Trail- Skyles Connection Trailhead | Whitefish, Montana
8 The Whitefish Trail- Spencer Trail | Whitefish, Montana
9 Whitefish Bike Retreat and Trailside Lodging | Whitefish, Montana
10 The Whitefish Trail- Beaver Lakes Area Trailheads | Whitefish, Montana
11 The Whitefish Trail- Lupfer Trailhead | Whitefish, Montana
12 Tally Lake | Whitefish, Montana