Although the snow has melted off most of Big Mountain, the summer season offers plenty for the outdoor enthusiast. Hiking the Danny On Trail is the perfect weekend day-hike with the longest rout 5.6 miles and shortest 3.6 miles from bottom to top. The trail traverses the slopes of Big Mountain to the 7000-foot-summit, giving way to a spectacular view of the valley and Whitefish Lake. The well-maintained trail is easy to follow and offers places to stop and smell wildflowers or pick huckleberries. The chairlift is currently under renovation so once you go up you must hike down.
“It’s one of the best views of the valley from the park,” according to Ben Spradlin who spent the afternoon hiking the trail with his family. Other trails meandering the slopes are open to the public for more strenuous hikes and on June 20 tickets are available for the Walk in the Treetops. For mountain bikers, the mountain offers more than 20 miles of trails for novice to expert riders. Chair 3 rides for bikers and hikers are open in July.
How to Get There: From downtown Whitefish take Baker Avenue over the train tracks. Baker Avenue becomes Wisconsin Avenue. Continue on Wisconsin.
Turning right, take Big Mountain Road up the mountain. At the top of the mountain, access to the Danny On trail is at the end of the Village parking lot.
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