Whitefish Divide (Smokey Range)

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Trail Distance: 37 miles
Time Estimate: 15 hr 40 min +
Elevation Gain: 1503 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: Free
Route Type: Point-to-point
Restroom: No
Description

Go hiking through rugged backcountry on the Whitefish Divide Trail. This 37-mile pathway follows an alpine ridgeline in the Thomas Seton Proposed Wilderness. There are many places along the way where you can access the route if you're looking for a shorter outing. If you're planning on backpacking, check with the ranger for places to camp. On the southern section of the trail, you'll cross through some wetland areas and high mountain lakes. The northern end has overgrown areas with lots of brush cover.

The southern trailhead for Whitefish Divide is on Forest Road 1658, south of Werner Peak Lookout. There's a pull-off area that can accommodate a few vehicles. From here, you'll follow the trail north toward Red Meadow Campground. The way has some steep grades along the crest. At some of the rock cairns, the trail is difficult to pick out, and some junctions are poorly marked. For the first part of your trek, you'll find some water sources. There's a wetland area around China Basin and a creek near Haines Pass. The rest of the way, you'll be on your own for refreshment.

Fido can join you in this wilderness area. The Forest Service requires they be on a cord or lead when you bring them along. Bring lots of water with you for the hike, and take care of the wilderness by packing out all waste. 

Plan a wilderness adventure for you and Spot on the Whitefish Divide Trail. This challenging route takes you through part of the Flathead National Forest in the Glacier View Ranger District. Catch stunning views as you travel along the ridgeline of this range. Watch for signs of bear and lynx as you travel in the pawmazing forest. Snow can linger on the upper elevations of this route into early July. The best time to plan a trip here is late summer to early fall. 

Trail Features
Steep Inclines, Mountains, Wetland, Forest, Lake
Abundant Wildlife
Cautions & Considerations
This forest is home to the grizzly bears and lynx. Avoid startling them by making lots of noise when you hike.
Address
NF-1658
Whitefish, MT 59937
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Address
NF-1658
Whitefish, MT 59937
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
Fri Open 24 Hours
Sat Open 24 Hours
Sun Open 24 Hours