Surrounded by mountains and set in a lush valley, Kalispell is a trail-lover’s dream destination. Many of northwest Montana’s trails are multi-use, which means they can be used for hiking, trail running, horseback riding, mountain biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The region is home to hundreds of miles of trails that take users through tree-covered forests and past alpine lakes as they weave their way through some of the area’s most stunning terrain. Whether you’re looking for a light hike or an advanced climb, you’re sure to find a route that’s perfect for you.
With long daylight hours during the summer season, hikers will find it easy to hit some of the 734 miles of trails in Glacier National Park and be back in Kalispell for brunch. Or for a trek a few minutes drive from downtown, Lone Pine State Park is the perfect place to soak up Kalispell’s fall colors and see sweeping views of the Swan Range. During winter, cross-country skiers and snowshoers will find abundant trails to explore in the Flathead National Forest and the North Fork region of Glacier National Park. During spring, ride the paved Great Northern Rail Trail to see blooming flowers and listen to the sounds of birds along the way.
Additional destinations include the Parkline Trail – which runs through the heart of downtown – Herron Park and its Foy’s to Blacktail Trail system, Jewel Basin, Swan River Nature Trail, The Whitefish Trail and Whitefish Mountain Resort.