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Thanks to its proximity to two different airports, Whitefish is the ideal home base for outdoor adventures in Glacier NP, Flathead National Forest, and Montana’s Rockies. Though your options are endless, the most serene and relaxing hikes in the area encircle the alpine lakes. Embark on an out-and-back hike from Bond Lake, known for its cliffside vistas, log bridges, and lush vegetation, to Crevice Lake, a wildflower paradise often visited by marmots, squirrels, and pronghorn. Relax in lakeside campsites, meditate, stretch out your hiking muscles, and swim to your heart’s content—you’ll feel fully immersed in Montana’s majestic wilderness.
Tackle two scenic lakeside hikes in a single tour
Relax, swim, meditate, and camp out near beautiful alpine lakes
The trails are well-maintained, with very manageable intermittent climbs
Meet your guide in Whitefish on Monday at 8 am, and head out to start your hike. Along your journey, you’ll take plenty of snack, water, and swim breaks, and learn fun facts about the Montana wilderness from your guides. Once you reach the campsite, you get to do some more snacking, swimming, and relaxation with optional guided stretching, journaling, and meditation sessions. After dinner by the campfire, retreat to the tents with your roommate for the week.
Hiking distance: 5.4 miles/ 8.7 km
Elevation gain: 2,862 ft/ 872 m
Have your morning coffee or tea with views of the sun rising over the mountains and onto Bond lake. After some guided stretching, you’ll discuss the journey, learn how to properly break camp, repack your backpacks, and head for the next campsite. Reach a site near a beautiful alpine lake, set up camp, and get immersed in the scenery.
Hiking distance: 7.9 miles/ 12.7 km
Elevation gain: 1,853 ft/ 565 m
Ten miles or zero—today you get to choose your hiking distance! If you want to rest by the lake, read a book, and recharge your batteries, feel free to do so. If not, there are plenty of scenic trails with amazing views in the area you can tackle without your heavy pack.
Hiking distance: Up to 10 miles roundtrip
Elevation gain: Depends on the trail
Wake up at your base camp on top of the mountain. Enjoy some meditation and stretching before starting your trek back to Whitefish. Take in the soaring vistas from the opposite direction before reaching the final lake campsite of the trip.
Hiking distance: 8.8 miles/ 14.2 km
Elevation gain/loss: -2,492 ft/760 m, +1,000 ft/304 m
Take advantage of your last chance for morning swims and sunrise stretching. After you pack up, head to the cars to enjoy some much-deserved cold drinks and reminisce on this epic adventure.
Hiking distance:4.5 miles/ 7.3 km
Elevation loss: -2,158 ft/ 658 m
One of the best trips I’ve ever been on! I felt so safe even in the middle of nowhere on my first backpacking trip. The guides were helpful, supportive, and a ton of fun! Would love to go again if I get the chance!
I can’t recommend booking a trip with Madison and Sally enough! They answered all of my questions leading up to the trip and were so patient and helpful throughout the entire experience. I gained so much knowledge and confidence from backpacking with this group of women. Well worth every penny!
10/10 would highly recommend! Check them out! We had a great time and the guides were fun!
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Whitefish, Montana, please refer to the CDC’s guidelines for international travel to and from the United States and Montana’s COVID-19 information website.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get on this adventure:
If you have any dietary restrictions or allergies, make sure to notify your guide in advance of the trip. They will adjust the menu accordingly.
What’s not included:
No prior multi-day hiking experience is required for this hiking adventure, but you will need to have decent fitness levels. If you can hike for a max of 8-9 miles (13-14,5 km) a day and overcome 3,000 ft (900 m) of elevation gain, you should be good to go! Your guides will accommodate weaker hikers with more frequent breaks, and if you feel like you need a day off, you can choose to spend day 3 relaxing by the lake instead of hiking.
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:
The sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tent, hiking poles, backpack, and cooking system can be provided by your guides. If you need hiking and camping gear, make sure to notify your guides in advance. Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Group sizes and prices:
Hiking in Whitefish can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
A 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 3 months (90 days) prior to departure. In case of a last-minute reservation, the full amount is paid at once. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies.
To get to Whitefish, MT, most people fly into Glacier Park International Airport only 15 minutes away from Whitefish. The airport has daily direct flights from most major cities in the US. From there, you can take a taxi or a shuttle service to Whitefish.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, which will usually be at Whitefish Depot Park. It’s important to note that you can’t leave vehicles parked overnight at the park, which is why we recommend walking or getting a ride there.