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Danny On Memorial Hiking Trail | Whitefish, Montana

Outdoor Adventures, Hiking Trail or Trailhead

There's no better way to commune with Big Mountain than hiking up its spine.

While there are hundreds of miles of trails to hike and explore in the Big Mountain and Glacier Park area, there is only one Danny On, that leaves directly from Whitefish Mountain Resort's village.

The famous Danny On Memorial Hiking Trail, named after a Big Mountain naturalist and photographer, meanders up the slopes of Big Mountain to the 6817 foot summit, passing through forests and fields with opportunities to pick huckleberries and smell wildflowers. Epic vistas look out over the valley and the mountains from various points along the trail.

The trail offers one main village to summit route, with loop extensions to Flower Point and on the East Rim. The longest route is 5.6 miles from base to summit.

Danny On Trail with views of Glacier National Park to the east. – Mike Beall

Driving Directions from Nearest Town or Landmark

Take U.S. Highway 93 to Whitefish, Montana. Go over the train tracks on the viaduct to Wisconsin Avenue. Follow Wisconsin Avenue to Big Mountain Road turnoff. It is a 4 mile drive to the base area of the resort.

Estimated Time it Takes to Experience this Trail

The uphill trek takes 1.5-3 hours depending upon ability. Chair lift ride is 20 minutes long.

The trail begins in the base area of the Whitefish Mountain Resort and proceeds to the summit - a distance of 4 miles. Elevation gain of 2,353 feet. During the main summer months, the chairlift runs and a one-way lift ticket can be purchased to ride in either direction.

Highlights and Best Features of this Trail

The trail winds through alpine fir forests and spectacular fields of wildflowers and offers a fabulous view of the Flathead Valley. As one ascends, glimpses into Glacier National Park come into view. Famous locally for its abundance of huckleberries and cyclical displays of bear grass lilies.

Trail Distance

4-5.6 miles depending on trail chosen

Trail Vertical Gain or Loss

2,353 foot elevation gain