With the unpredictable spring weather, a convenient and accessible place to get outdoors can be imperative to maintaining mental and physical sharpness. The Whitefish Trail system surrounding Lion Mountain is just one of those places.
Besides its proximity to downtown Whitefish, the trail system is well-suited to any recreational needs, according to Lisa Steiner, who said she often frequents the trails, from long hikes and bike rides to shorter outings appropriate for all ages.
The trail heading out from the Lion Mountain Trailhead is an awesome and relaxed hike. The well-maintained and marked trail wanders through conifers and quiet forest on state trust lands. The 1.5-mile section leads hikers and bikers to an overlook with beautiful views of Skyles Lake and the surrounding mountains.
If you desire more of a workout, continue on the trail for another 1.8 miles along the Skyles section and another 2.4-miles along the Skyles-Beaver Section. Another trailhead to a four-mile loop is accessible off Lupfer Road further north on U.S. Highway 93. All in all, 12 miles of trails are available to explore with plans to develop a total of 55 miles of recreational trails.
Be sure to look at the maps and information at the Lion Mountain Trailhead before heading out, or check out the trail’s website, www.whitefishtrail.net, to familiarize yourself with the area and read recent news updates.
How to get there: From downtown Whitefish, continue north on U.S. Highway 93. Just past the golf course, veer right on Lion Mountain Road. A sign for the Lion Mountain Trailhead will come up on the right.
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