Plan Your Adventure
Glacier National Park and Going-to-the-Sun Road
Glacier National Park is 26 miles from the Pine Lodge, and offers many vacation and recreation opportunities. We recommend you stay at least seven days with us so you can explore this vast and impressive paradise.
Going-To-The-Sun Road is open seasonally, traditionally mid-June to mid-September. During the summer months, you can drive the entire 50-mile span which offers incredible views and access to lakes and hiking, and an abundance of wildlife.
The newly designed Whitefish Trail is an excellent spot to go cross-country mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, or on a leisurely walk. There are more than 36 miles of trails to explore with mountain vistas and lake views.
With its 700 miles of trails and rugged wilderness, Glacier National Park is a top destination for hiking. Favorite trails include the Avalanche Lake trail near Avalanche Campground and the Highline trail from Logan Pass. While hiking, keep your eyes peeled for our resident wildlife, including: grizzly and black bears, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, moose, deer and more.
With nine public championship golf courses, all within a 45 minute drive of the Pine Lodge and offering challenging layouts and unique golfing experiences, it’s no wonder visitors to Montana’s Flathead Valley often bring golf clubs along with fishing poles and camping gear. Our championship courses are mature and well-groomed, with a mix of bent-grass greens, open links-style, tight forest-lined fairways and challenging terrain by world-renowned golf architects. Nestled among captivating big sky country and mountain peaks, our area golf courses offer a rewarding experience in a beautiful setting.
Whitefish Mountain Resort
Whitefish Mountain Resort hosts a number of outdoor adventures during the summer months. The Walk in the Treetops – a nature walk that offers views of the forest from an elevated boardwalk – is popular among families, while the Downhill Mountain Biking Trails and Zipline Tours are for the thrill seekers. Take a ride in an enclosed Gondola, race down the Alpine Slide or venture into the Aerial Adventure Park. Spider Monkey Mountain is a newer addition to the Mountain Activities and is fun for you kids 4 years and older.
One of the best kept secrets is the spring season when the Going-to-the-Sun Road is closed to cars, but open to bikers and walkers, providing a quieter glimpse into the heart of the park. Whitefish Trails offers 10 trailheads easily accessible from town, 36 miles of single track and gated logging roads, stacked loops and scenic overlooks. Finally, Whitefish Mountain Resort has more than 40 miles of mountain bike trails, including lift-serviced trails for downhill free-riders, as well as beginner and intermediate bikers.
Enjoy a guided trip on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River, along the southwestern boundary of Glacier National Park. Float the upper section for thrilling whitewater, or try the lower scenic section through a steep, walled canyon. The North Fork of the Flathead River offers mellower rapids and the most scenic views of Glacier.
With more than 1,500 lakes all within a 50-mile radius, there is no limit to your fishing adventures! Northwest Montana abounds with fishing opportunities. The local waters offer native westslope cutthroat, rainbow and brook trout, perch, northern pike and bass.
Nestled at the edge of Whitefish, is Whitefish Lake – all that remains of an ice age glacier that flowed across the area. Today the lake is great for water sports and there are three primary public access points: City Beach, Les Mason State Park and Whitefish Lake State Park.
Glacier National Park does not permit dogs on trails or along lakeshores outside of developed locations. They are allowed in frontcountry campgrounds, picnic and parking areas and along roads.
To make the most of your Whitefish visit, consider these alternatives to have a great experience with your pup!
1) There is one dog-friendly trail in the park, McDonald Creek Bike Path, which is a paved trail that runs 2.5 miles.
2) Visit downtown Whitefish and stop by one of the multiple pet-friendly breweries and restaurants that have outdoor seating.
3) Zoomies, anyone? Let your dog socialize at the five-acre Hugh Rogers WAG Dog Park, which has open spaces, walking paths, benches and drinking fountains for both dogs and humans.
4) Hiking options are endless. Whitefish Mountain Resort offers 24 miles of trails, the Whitefish Trail has 42 miles of trails, and Jewel Basin Hiking Area is a 15,000 acre hiking area.
5) Why should only humans get dessert? At Sweet Peaks Ice Cream, both you and your pup can indulge in a treat after a day of adventure.
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