Lone Pine State Park

By Beacon Staff

One of the most spectacular and accessible views of the Flathead Valley is from the summit at Lone Pine State Park. “It’s one of the few places you’re really in the woods and still in town,” John Dittman said. Dittman and his wife, Bev, have been hiking the park a couple times a week for the past 30 years. Its proximity to Kalispell is one of its main draws.

The well-maintained trails offer multiple uses for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. An archery range is located on the southwest edge of the park. The Interpretive Center is closed for remodeling and renovations during this spring and summer. A visitor assistance area has been constructed across from the picnic area.

How to get there: Take Foys Lake Road 4 miles southwest of Kalispell, then 1 mile east on Lone Pine Road. Traveling south on Valley View Drive around the bottom of the hill, one trailhead is located before Sunnyside Drive. A larger trailhead is further south off Valley View Drive.