Walking trails around Whitefish

Katie & Newman ready to hit the trail.

Katie & Newman ready to hit the trail.

We are often asked where there are hiking or walking trails for short morning hikes or after-dinner strolls – nothing epic,  just enough to get the blood pumping or to burn off a few calories.  There are several nearby options and the first one is right out the front door of the Hidden Moose.

Whitefish has a walking/bike trail that runs in front of the Moose and can take you all around town.  This paved trail is a great place to head out for an early morning jog before our Montana-sized breakfasts!  You can even take it into town if you’re headed to dinner or plan on imbibing a bit and don’t want to drive.  It’s less than 2 miles from the front door of the Lodge to downtown Whitefish, so you easily walk to or from town from here.  We have maps available of the walking trail or you can pick one up at the Whitefish Visitor’s Center located at 307 Spokane Ave.

If you really want to break a sweat but don’t want to travel far, hike the Danny On trail located at the Whitefish Mountain Resort.  The Danny On trail is 3.8 heart pumping miles to the summit of the Big Mountain. And, you have the option of riding up on the chair lift [$6/one way] and hiking down, hiking up and riding down on the chair lift or hiking both ways.  This trail offers spectacular views of the Flathead Valley and once you reach the summit you’re rewarded with a beautiful & unique view of Glacier National Park.  Also at the summit there is a restaurant, and environmental education center and rest rooms.  Leashed dogs are allowed on the trail, but remember if you bring Fido along you have to hike both up & down as dogs are not permitted to ride the chair lift.

The Whitefish Trail is a relatively new hiking option close to Whitefish and is growing in popularity and size as each year they create more trails to add to the system. There are several trailheads that can get you on your way within a few miles of the Moose and the

Bear grass in abundance on the Whitefish Trail in June.

Bear grass in abundance on the Whitefish Trail in June.

length of hike is up to you as there are many options to choose from.  This trail is well maintained & marked and is dog, horse and bicycle friendly as well as hiker friendly. It’s been a great asset to the community and is a beautiful, meandering trail that lets you get out in nature without the time commitment and drive to a far-away trailhead. It’s a great option if you want to grab a packed lunch at a local deli and head out for a morning hike with a picnic as your reward.   Again, maps of the Whitefish Trail are available at the Whitefish Visitor’s Center.

None of the trails listed above will have you needing any special gear.  Sturdy walking shoes or tennis shoes are all you need for your feet.  Dressing in layers is recommended. Now get out there!

Author: Sarah Stewart

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