Great Northern

#5 of 143 trails in Flathead National Forest

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Great Northern is a 8 mile out and back trail located near Kalispell, Montana. The trail is only recommended for very experienced outdoorsmen and primarily used for hiking.

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Jeffrey von Kiper (84)

29 Completed1 Reviews

Very steep, few if any switchbacks. Coming down may be the worst bit. Had to have an operation on my knee thanks to this hike.

Mark Huff (121)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Cara Webb (430)

23 Completed8 Reviews

Not for the faint of heart, or the out of shape. A few scrambles around two chimmineys up top, and the first mile is a BRUTAL up hill push... its even worse on the way down with worn out knees and tired feet.
The views from the top are outstanding, and I make the hike every year. Start early, and bring lots of water, none availiable except at the trailhead.
The season is short on this climb, just watch the mountain from the reservoir to see when the snow is melted all the way to the top ridgeline. The trial is not always visible above the tree line.
We found huge heard of very photogenic Mtn Goats up top!

Gil Hart (212)

11 Completed2 Reviews

Extremely steep. Not for the timid. Trail not marked. Views and elevation as reward.