Family Friendly Hikes in Flathead National Forest

By Beacon Staff

Flathead National Forest sent along this list of family-friendly hikes throughout the forest. Here are their suggestions:

Finger Lake Trail
Length: 1.5 miles
Elevation gain: approximately 300 feet
Trail begins near the Stillwater Campground, approximately 20 miles west of Whitefish on the Tally Lake District and has unique alpine lakes lined by cliffs.

Holland Falls National Recreation Trail
Length: 1.3 miles
Elevation gain: approximately 350 feet
Trail begins near the Holland Lake Campground, north side of Holland Lake, south of Condon on the Swan Lake District. The trail travels along Holland Lake to the falls and includes spectacular views of the Mission Mountains Wilderness.

Beardance Trail
Length: 1 mile
Trail begins off of MT State Highway 35 south of Woods Bay on the Swan Lake District. The trail descends to Flathead Lake gradually and requires a short climb back to the trailhead. An interpretive trail guide is available.

Lion Lake Trail
Length: Less than 1 mile
Trail starts at the Lion Lake Picnic Area south of Hungry Horse on the Hungry Horse-Glacier View District. The trail follows the east shore of Lion Lake and includes gentle and rolling terrain through the woods with views of the lake.

For more information about family-friendly trails or other recreational opportunities on the Flathead National Forest, please contact a local Forest Service office or visit www.fs.fed.us/r1/flathead. For more information about the proclamation of June as Great Outdoors Month visit www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Presidential-Proclamation-Great-Outdoors-Month/.

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