Archive for the ‘Hiking’ Category

Hike to Hidden Lake – A Pictorial

September 4th, 2013 by kimtaylor

This blog post consists of more pictures than words, and once you see those pictures you’ll understand why.

On Labor Day weekend a few of us took a popular hike in Glacier Park to Hidden Lake.  While the crowds were plenty, they thinned out after the halfway point when most visitors take a few pictures at the Hidden Lake overlook and turn back to their cars.

To get to the trail head, drive up to Logan Pass Visitor’s Center. You may have a challenge finding a parking space during peak times as lot fills up quickly.  [Local’s tip: if you can’t find a parking space, drive out of the parking lot and turn right, less than a 1/4 mile below are some additional parking spaces, parallel to the road.) The trailhead starts behind the Visitor’s Center and the first 1.5 miles to the overlook can be crowded.  But resist the urge to cross this off your hiking list because of this, the views of Hidden Lake from the overlook and up-close are spectacular and the dipping your toes in the crystal clear water will make you forget about crowds.

Hidden Lake Trailhead

Hidden Lake Trailhead

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Views on the Way to Hidden Lake

Views on the Way to Hidden Lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boardwalk Trail to HIdden Lake Overlook

Boardwalk Trail to HIdden Lake Overlook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hidden Lake View from Above.

Hidden Lake View from Above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crystal Clear Water Greets Intrepid Hikers.

Crystal Clear Water Greets Intrepid Hikers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mountain Goats are commonly seen along the Hidden Lake Trail

Mountain Goats are commonly seen along the Hidden Lake Trail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author: Sarah Stewart

Active Summer Fun at the Whitefish Mountain Resort

July 8th, 2013 by kimtaylor

Summer activities abound at the Whitefish Mountain Resort

Summer activities abound at the Whitefish Mountain Resort

If you think the Whitefish Mountain Resort is just for skiing, think again.  The Summer season has the mountain humming with activities for kids of all ages. And since it’s just a short 10 min drive from our front door, it’s easy to get there.

Scenic Lift Rides: Get whisked up to the summit of the Big Mountain via an open chair lift or enclosed gondola for a scenic ride that will have you oohing and aahing over views of the entire Flathead Valley and Glacier National Park. Round trip tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for juniors (7 – 12 yrs) or seniors 65+.  Rides are free for kids 6 and under and for 2012/13 winter season pass holders.  You can also buy a one way ticket for just $6, in case you want to hike up/down the mountain.

Hiking: There is a great hiking trail that takes you up to the top of the mountain.  Read more about it in our previous blog post.

Zip Line Tours: Whiz atop the trees 300 feet above ground as you glide along on your mountain adventure. The zip line tours are growing in popularity by leaps and bounds so reservations are recommended to avoid disappointment.  Prices are $75 for a 5 –zip tour and $84 for a 7-zip tour.

Mountain biking: Bike rentals are available on-mountain and with two new trails scheduled to open by August 1, there will be more that 25 miles of lift accessed free-ride and cross country mountain bike trails. The Summit trail offers spectacular views while Runaway Train offers adrenaline pumping free ride biking.  You can have your bike taken to the summit, for a downhill ride all the way. Prices vary.

Alpine Slide:  Great for kids and adults alike, take a sled and race down straight-a-ways and banked curves. Children under 48” have to ride with an adult. $8 per ride, discounts for multiple rides.

Aerial Adventure Park: Strap in and challenge yourself on a variety of treetop courses that range in difficulty – cross suspended bridges and cable walk ways, climb on nets and ladders, swing on trapezes and negotiate other fun elements.  $39/Adults or $29/Kids 12 and under.

Spider Monkey Mountain: Just for kids!  They can play all day for just $10. Children find their way up through a webbed tower and at the top are rewarded with a giant slide ride down.

Summit Nature Center: Located at the Summit House atop Big Mountain, the Nature Center offers a fun place for families to explore with hands-on discovery to learn about the mountain environment.  They also offer a daily wildflower nature discovery walk in July & August.  Free.

Dining: There are plenty of dining options available in the Whitefish Mountain Resort: For Lunch head to Base Lodge Bar & Café for casual lunch dining, The Bierstube offers a patio and serves up great burgers and beer or the Summit House restaurant where you can dine in the highest restaurant in NW Montana with views of Glacier National Park.  For Dinner the Hellroaring Saloon and Eatery has an outside deck and offers casual fare starting at 5 pm.  For a more upscale choice enjoy fine dining at Café Kandahar with Award-Winning chef Andy Blanton.

The Whitefish Mountain Resort… it’s just not for skiing!  For more info visit their website: www.skiwhitefish.com

Author: Sarah Stewart

Share your favorite #montanamoment and win

June 26th, 2013 by kimtaylor

The Montana Office of Tourism is sponsoring a contest where you can win a trip back to Montana, by sharing a picture of your favorite “Montana Moment”.  The contest runs through August 26th, 2013.

Here are the basic entry requirements:

  • The photo must be taken in Montana.
  • If a person is depicted, the person must be the Entrant; no other person(s) may be depicted.
  • The Entry must not have been submitted previously in a contest or promotion.
  • The Entry must not contain content that is false, inaccurate or misleading.
  • If you have more than one picture, each submission must be substantially different.
What's your favorite #montanamoment ?

What’s your favorite #montanamoment ?

There are three ways to enter the contest: via Twitter, Instagram or direct upload via visitmt.com website.

All eligible Contest Entries received during the Promotion Period will be judged on the basis of creativity (50%), and photographic quality (50%)

One Grand Prize Winner will receive the following: Winner’s choice of a five (5) day, four (4) night Montana National Park vacation package; winner can choose either a Winter or Summer Glacier National Park or Yellowstone National Park vacation package. Includes the following for 2 people: hotel accommodations, airfare, rental car, a $500 credit toward two (2) trip experiences (sightseeing, outdoor activity, or cultural/learning) per person totaling four (4) trip experiences and a park pass to the chosen National Park. The Grand Prize Winner will be determined on or about September 15, 2013.

Plus, there are Weekly Prize Winners too, that are selected randomly from all eligible entries for that week, of Montana Coffee Packages from FireTower Coffee in Helena and Huckleberry taffy from Sweet Palace in Philipsburg.

So… if you have a great shot from your last visit to Montana enter this contest. We’d love to see you again!

For full contest details go to: http://visitmt.com/step-out-of-bounds/montana-moments.htm

Author: Sarah Stewart

Walking trails around Whitefish

June 16th, 2013 by kimtaylor

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