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We spend many days camping, fishing and trekking in the National Forest. The Flathead forest is... read more

Reviewed October 2, 2018
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Beautiful forest! Super close to glacier

We camped here with the kids and it was incredible! Beautiful lake to kayak and a great hike up to... read more

Reviewed August 27, 2018
Sandra C
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A scenic hiking area which offers berrypicking.
Whitefish, MT
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Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

We spend many days camping, fishing and trekking in the National Forest. The Flathead forest is the best....but enviormental activists have hampered proper management and the forests have become overgrown and full of too much understory, which makes the forest venerable to wildfires and diseases....More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank darrellkg7modjc
Reviewed September 9, 2018

When I started this hike, It seemed that it must have been established by goats because it was so steep. But it had been a horse trail. It is only the first half mile that is steep, after that it is much more moderate. But...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank RobertW2h483MD
Reviewed August 28, 2018

Great way to get away from the crowds at the national park. Plenty of good trails with varying distances and difficulties. Don't know how much damage the current fires there are doing. I recommend Stanton Lake hike which is about 4.5 miles round trip, moderate...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank MountainHomer
Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

We camped here with the kids and it was incredible! Beautiful lake to kayak and a great hike up to a waterfall! Definitely great for day use or for camping!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Sandra C
Reviewed July 4, 2018

Flathead National Forest encompasses a large territory adjacent to Glacier National Park. We enjoyed this beautiful place by taking a lift to the top of Whitefish Mountain (where there is a forest service nature center in the Summit Mountain House and opportunities to hike on...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank tcampbell210
Reviewed June 26, 2018

The Flathead National Forest contains some of the pristine lake, rivers & creeks anywhere in the world. The mountain sides are plush with foliage providing a wonderful habitat for animals and humans alike!

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank 172jeanneb
Reviewed March 22, 2018

If you ever come to MT, this is one of the best places to visit, any season, any reason. Flat out beautiful, you could get lost here, never seems busy.

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank crazyhorse2007
Reviewed October 19, 2017

This is one opportunity you shouldn't miss! Whether you're cycling or driving your car, going up to the Hungry Horse Dam is an experience, We have always cycled, parking our van at the ranger station in Hungry Horse, and then cycling up the hill to...More

Date of experience: October 2017
2  Thank Stedwill
Reviewed October 11, 2017 via mobile

Loved our trip into the Flathead . We spent a week camping and hiking in July. Great place to get away from the crowds in Glacier.

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank Nan59937
Reviewed September 19, 2017 via mobile

Flathead forest and lake are beautiful. We were told the lake is the largest lake west of the Mississippi. Unfortunately during our visit the smoke from the forest fires kept us from enjoying it to its fullest,

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank sdlemmonds
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July 10, 2017|
Response from terrance T | Reviewed this property |
much better view about same travel time look out for deer and elk
Kelli R
June 21, 2016|
Response from Joannie B | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure about dog friendly restaurants in Whitefish/Kalispell. Best bet would be to call whatever restaurant you might be interested in and check directly with them. As far as GNP with a dog, check with the park... More