Saddle for a snowmobile tour
The Flathead becomes a veritable winter recreation wonderland and there’s no exception for those looking to hit the trails on a snowmobile.
Riders can take their own or rent a sled for the day, and then hit more than 200 miles of groomed trails in the Flathead National Forest that can take you into great hill climbing, powder play areas, wildlife viewing and spectacular ridge top views.
For a complete map, visit a Flathead National Forest District Ranger’s office. Snowmobiling is illegal in Glacier National Park as well as all wilderness areas and the Jewel Basin.
One of the more popular places to start an excursion is the Canyon Creek Trailhead. The trail, winds up the north side of Big Mountain to the Summit House.
Other groomed trails include:
• Upper Whitefish Lake and Red Meadow Lake roads link to the Graves Creek and Mount Marston roads on the Whitefish Range, with great views east towards Glacier National Park.
• In the Desert Mountain area, trails take snowmobilers into the rugged mountains along U.S. Highway 2.
• South of Bigfork, groomed trails exist in the Crane Mountain and Allard areas of the Swan Range, with views of the Flathead Valley.
• In the Kootenai National Forest, more than 160 miles of groomed trails exist around the Purcell and Cabinet mountain ranges and surrounding areas.