The Whitefish Trail - Lion Mountain Trailhead | Whitefish, Montana
The Whitefish Trail is a user supported, community-driven asset providing over 42 miles of natural surface trails and twelve trailheads located in a forested, rural environment. The diverse trail system is appropriate for outdoor enthusiasts and families including hikers, dog walkers, mountain bikers, horseback riders and runners of all abilities. Snowshoeing is an option in the winter depending snowpack.
Trails are comprised of stacked loops, scenic overlooks, beautiful single-track trail and gated logging roads. It is a fabulous portal into prime wildlife habitat, sweeping vistas, and mountainous recreational hubs. The Whitefish Trail is the result of a community collaborative project driven by Whitefish Legacy Partners, a local non-profit.
Driving Directions from Nearest Town or Landmark
Lion Mountain Trailhead is accessible off Hwy 93 North, 2.2 miles from downtown Whitefish, Montana. Turn right on Lion Mountain Loop Road. Follow Lion Mountain Loop Road to trailhead.
Lion Mountain Trailhead is located conveniently close to town, the trails at Lion Mountain provide access to a scenic overlook as well as loop options for quick excursions. Looking for a quick and simple option, many head to Lion Mountain Trailhead, where a 3 mile loop makes exercise an easy option after work, or as a mid-day outing. After traveling through the dry montane, yet botanically diverse forest, you are rewarded with a sweeping vista overlook of Skyles Lake.
Unique to this trail is the Learning Pavilion (WIT) and The Whitefish Interpretive Trail. WIT opened in 2015 and offers an open-air classroom in an inspiring learning environment. It is a gathering place for education events and stewardship efforts for the community. WIT is located within a half mile walk of the Lion Mountain trailhead and offers ADA parking and trail access. The Whitefish Interpretive Trail is scheduled to be built in 2015.