The Whitefish Trail- Swift Creek 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.
The Trail is 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
Swift Creek Trailhead is 8.3 miles from downtown Whitefish, Montana accessed from East Lakeshore Drive. Head north on Baker Ave. from downtown Whitefish over the viaduct. Continue as road turns into Wisconsin Ave, then East Lakeshore Drive. Pass (do not turn onto) Big Mountain Road and continue 5.9 miles to trailhead.
Towards the north end of Whitefish Lake, visitors to Swift Creek Trail are greeted by sections of old growth forest, raging creek views of Swift Creek, vast mountain panoramas, and the calming solace of Smith Lake. This area's untamed creeks, forests and wetlands foster abundant wildlife and clean drinking water for the Whitefish Community. The Swift Creek area includes over three miles of trail including an ADA accessible trail to a Swift Creek overlook.