Clayton Lake / Tongue Mountain / Jewel Basin
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After hiking Mt. Aeneas a few weeks prior, we thought we’d head back to the Jewel Basin for a second outing. While the area is one of the most popular in the Flathead National Forest (typically a hard ‘no’ for … Read More

Siyeh Pass
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About five miles east of Logan Pass and the Continental Divide, Siyeh Pass forms the saddle between Mt. Siyeh (10,014’) and Matahpi Peak (9,364’). A 10-mile point-to-point trail, Siyeh Pass sees significantly less foot traffic than the wildly popular Highline … Read More

Cyclone Peak Lookout
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Cyclone Peak Lookout is perched atop a modest 6,033’ summit at the eastern edge of the Whitefish Range. Just a few miles east, the banks of the Flathead River’s North Fork wind through the valley, under the jagged summits of … Read More

Boondogging
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Holy cow, it’s been forever since my mom let me write up one of our adventures! I feel the same as, presumably, most of you readers – that the pup’s perspective has been severely lacking on our blog lately. I … Read More

Doris Mountain
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Earlier this summer, we attempted to hike the Doris Ridge Trail (#52) at the northern end of the Swan Range. We had been told that, by the end of June, the ridge was probably free of any major snow cover. … Read More

Mount Hefty
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At the northern tip of the Whitefish Range, Mount Hefty’s twin summits straddle the U.S.-Canada border. The tallest (7,578’) is in Montana; the slightly shorter (7,450′) is just a few hundred meters north in British Columbia. Standing just west of … Read More

Flathead Lake
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Located in northwestern Montana, Flathead Lake is actually the largest natural freshwater lake in the western U.S. (outside of Alaska). It edges out Lake Tahoe by surface area, though not by volume (Tahoe is significantly deeper). At over 27 miles … Read More

Camas Creek (Rogers Meadow)
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I found this trail the night before we planned to go hiking. It was actually a last-ditch attempt to find an alternate trail. With temperatures soaring into the mid-90s to start the month of August, we weren’t keen on a … Read More

Mt. Aeneas
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Named for a 19th-century Kootenai chief, Mt. Aeneas is the crown of Flathead National Forest’s Jewel Basin. With some 35 miles of trails and 27 jewel-toned, alpine lakes, the Jewel Basin is one of the most popular hiking areas in … Read More

Bluebird Basin
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Bluebird Basin is located in Kootenai National Forest’s Ten Lakes Scenic Area, a 15,000-acre swath of backcountry along the northern perimeter of the Whitefish Range. Bounded by the Canadian border, the area is named for the many alpine lakes scattered … Read More

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