Bigfork Montana

Bigfork is a year-round resort village of about 1500 residents built on a western art theme.  It contains many art galleries, fine restaurants, golf, boutiques, and live theater.  Bigfork is located on Flathead Lake with ample public access to fishing, boating and hiking opportunities.

Bigfork MontanaThe Bigfork Summer Playhouse is a fine theater operating Monday through Saturday during the summer season and is worth a visit while in Bigfork.

Bigfork has been listed in the following publications: The 50 Great Towns in the West, 100 Best Small Art Towns, The Great Towns of America, and National Geographic Guide to Small Towns Escapes. Chosen by Sunset Magazine as one of the most picturesque towns in the Northwest

Bigfork Montana is home to Eagle Bend Golf Club, a 27-hole championship course and Montana’s only golf course to be rated #1 by Golf Digest for six consecutive years.  Eagle Bend has also consistently ranked top 50 in the United States.  The original 18 holes were designed and built by William Hull and later, in the mid-nineties “Nicklaus Design” designed and built the “Nicklaus Nine” to standards worthy of  the Nicklaus reputation.  Eagle Bend is a semi-private Club offering all of the facilities you would expect including sculpted fairways, excellent greens, practice facility and a full service restaurant and lounge.

Bigfork Montana Trails

Trails closest to Bigfork: Beardance Trail #76 ,  Broken Leg Divide Trail #353 ,  Camp Misery Trail #68 ,  Crane Mountain Trail #314 ,  Crater Notch Trail #187 ,  Echo Broken Leg #544 ,  Estes Lake Trail #96 Flathead Lake Interpretive Trail #77 ,  Noisy Creek Trail #8 ,  Peters Ridge Trail #37 ,  Peterson Creek Trail #293 ,  Phillips Trail #373 ,  South Lost Creek Trail #86 ,  Strawberry Lake Trail #5 ,  Switchback Trail #725

Hiking Trails: Peterson Creek Trail

Trail Guide

Hiking Trail: Peterson Creek Trail #293

The Peterson Creek Trail #293 is 5.9 miles long and climbs about 1,700 feet. It starts from Forest Service Road # 5398 and ending at the junction with the Alpine Trail #7. The trailhead is accessible from 7/1-11/30, otherwise there is an additional 2 miles that must be walked on a closed road. This trail has great views of the Swan Lake area and the Flathead Valley with partial views of Flathead Lake available within the first 2 miles of the hike from the trailhead. The trail then winds through the forest, an old burn area, sidehills along some steep terrain, and finally goes through a pass near the ridge. The trail is open for the following uses: hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. Motorcycle trail riding is only allowed from 7/1-11/30. This trail is closed to 3 or 4 wheeled ATVs and larger OHV vehicles.

Trail Map and Directions

Usage is typically light, closest town is Bigfork

Operated By: Forest Service
General Information
Directions:
From Bigfork, go south on Highway 35 for 0.7 miles, then turn left onto Highway 209. Stay on 209 for 4.9 miles and turn left onto Highway 83 for 2.4 miles. Turn left onto road 5398, also called Bear Creek Rd, just past mile marker 85. The trailhead is located at the end of road 5398 approximately 1.9 miles when gated or 3.1 miles between 7/1-11/30.

Location

Area/Length : 5.9 miles
Elevation : 3,700 feet – 5,480 feet

190 pages packed with trailheads, camping spots, and local information around Flathead Lake.

Don’t need the hiking guide, just some basic trail information, do not fret.  Mike has included some beginner to medium hikes on this website.  Depending on were you as staying there is most likely a trail head near you. Thanks for visiting, hope to see you on the trail.
The trail guide is focused on trails, camping and being in the woods.  Mike’s Flathead Lake Trail Guide breaks the area in five easy to use sections.  North of Flathead lake, including The Talley Lake area and due north to Polebridge. East of Flathead Lake, including the Swan Front, Swan Valley, and on into the Hungry Horse recreation area.  The guide contains most every trail Mike has hiked in the last 20 years or plans to hike in the next 20 years.

Hiking Trail: Broken Leg Divide Trail #353

Trail Guide

Hiking Trail: Broken Leg Divide Trail #353

The Broken Leg Divide trail is 2.8 miles long climbs about 520 feet. It begins at the junction with the Peterson Creek Trail #293 and ends at the junction with Echo-Brokenleg trail #544. The trail is open to: hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking.

Usage is typically light, closest town is Bigfork.

Directions:
From Bigfork, go North on Highway 35 for 2.3 miles and turn right onto Highway 83. Stay on 83 for 2.8 miles and turn left onto Echo Lake Rd. After 2.2 miles, turn slightly right onto Foothill Rd. Continue for 1.1 miles and bear slight right following the Jewel Basin sign on to road 5392.

The trailhead is 1.8 miles up road 5392 on the right.

190 pages packed with trailheads, camping spots, and local information around Flathead Lake.

Don’t need the hiking guide, just some basic trail information, do not fret.  Mike has included some beginner to medium hikes on this website.  Depending on were you as staying there is most likely a trail head near you. Thanks for visiting, hope to see you on the trail.
The trail guide is focused on trails, camping and being in the woods.  Mike’s Flathead Lake Trail Guide breaks the area in five easy to use sections.  North of Flathead lake, including The Talley Lake area and due north to Polebridge. East of Flathead Lake, including the Swan Front, Swan Valley, and on into the Hungry Horse recreation area.  The guide contains most every trail Mike has hiked in the last 20 years or plans to hike in the next 20 years.