Great Northern

#4 of 35 trails in Flathead National Forest
Great Northern is a 8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kalispell, MT. The trail is only recommended for very experienced adventurers and primarily used for hiking.

8.0 miles 4400 feet Out & Back
hiking no dogs
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Ian Anderson
8 months ago

25 Completed24 Reviews

There are a few ways to the top but I recommend the social trail just west of the creek. This route requires no scrambling and is not technical at all. The trail is easy to follow and is well defined, however it is steep with virtually no switch-backs. Definitely a hike you want to start early and not attempt if there is forecast of bad weather. Bring water; there is some available but it takes a adventurous side trip to get to. I have taken my dog to top but would not recommend unless your dog is experienced and you bring enough water to share. The view from the top is amazing and is well worth the climb. Take you time hiking down as it wears more than the climb up.

Courtney Sweeney
9 months ago

5 Completed1 Reviews

Definitely a brutal hike but so worth that view! It's very steep the first few miles. Start early and bring LOTS of water!

Jeffrey von Kiper
2 years ago

32 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
3 years ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Cara Webb
4 years ago

25 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
5 years ago

13 Completed2 Reviews

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