- Feel the burn as you hike 12-miles up Mount Nashukoin to reach the summit, but take a moment to enjoy the views of the Whitefish Mountain Range.
- Beginner anglers have a chance to land a trophy-sized rainbow trout on Beaver Lake, just north of Whitefish.
- In winter, enjoy world-class skiing on Whitefish Mountain or snowshoeing across Stillwater State Forest.
What can I do in the Whitefish Mountain Range?
- Mount Nasukoin: The highest peak in the US side of the Whitefish Mountain Range, Mount Nasukoin soars 8,086 feet. This 12-mile round trip hiking trail is strenuous with switchbacks and steep elevation gains, but it offers some peaceful backcountry trekking. From Whitefish, you can get to the trailhead by taking Route 93 north 18.5 miles, turning right at the sign for Upper Whitefish Lake. Drive 19 miles east and turn left on Link Lake Road #589, then follow it for 1.5 miles to a large meadow. The trailhead begins there.
- Danny on Memorial Trail: For hiking in Whitefish, the Danny on Memorial Trail on Whitefish Mountain offers great day hiking on easy-to-moderate trails. You can choose an easy 3-mile trek through wildflower laden meadows or take the 7-mile journey to ascend the 7,000 foot summit. In the summer months free guided tours of the summit are offered by the Flathead National Forest Service. Even the easier trails afford great wildlife viewing.
Ten Lakes Scenic Area is just north of Eureka in the Whitefish Mountain Range and offers loads of fishing in the Kootenai Forest. The 56-acre Big Therriault Lake is located in a remote area off Route 93 north and Grave Creek Road #114 and offers some of the best Westslope cutthroat trout fishing around.
Beaver Lake is located 6 miles north of Whitefish on Route 93 north and is accessed by a gravel road. It is a great spot for shore casting, as well as fishing from a boat. Rainbow trout and kokanee are found here.
For an overnight stay at one of the mountain lakes there are 9 campsites throughout the range: Big Creek, Red Meadow Lake, Tuchuck, Moose Lake, North Dickey Lake, South Dickey Lake, Grave Creek, Big Therriault Lake and Little Therriault Lake.
- Whitefish Trail: Just 3 miles north of downtown Whitefish, the Whitefish Trail is a popular destination for bikers and hikers alike. Starting at the Lion Mountain Loop, the trail rolls out for 12 miles across the Whitefish Mountains.
- Lion Mountain Loop: The Lion Mountain Loop trailhead begins at the parking area and traverses deep forest with a steady incline. Travel all the way to Beaver Lake via the Skyles connector, with proposed plans to extend the trail north of Little Beaver Lake via the North Beaver Connection in 2011.
Snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are just a few of the popular outdoor winter activities in the Whitefish Mountain Range. Although Whitefish Mountain offers world-class skiing for all levels, nature lovers can avoid the crowds and enjoy some outdoor time at Canyon Creek Trail at Stillwater State Park.
Where are the Whitefish Mountains?
Stretching 76-miles from British Columbia to Whitefish, the Whitefish Mountain Range can be reached at many points along Route 93.
Who can I call if I have more questions?
Flathead National Forest Service 406-758-5200.