Exploring Flathead National Forest

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with 406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty RRE-BRO-LIC-75443

The Flathead National Forest contains 2.4 million acres of land in Montana, much of which is open to exploration. The forest spans a huge area in all four directions from Kalispell and Flathead Lake. Besides opportunities to camp, fish and boat, there are more than 2,500 miles of hiking trails. We checked out one of those trails yesterday.

 

Only a few miles further up our road is a portion of the Flathead National Forest. We hadn't yet been up that way and chose yesterday as the day for our first adventure. Off we went in search of some sort of trail, and within a few minutes had found a forest service road which serves as a hiking trail. This particular trail winds it way through the Flathead National Forest as well as through timber company land.

 

What a fantastic spot for a hike! Not only were there no signs of recent human access, it was beautiful. Birds were flitting around and there was a lot to see. For example, about ten minutes into our walk, I saw the first quaking aspen tree, without leaves at the moment. Soon I noticed there was an entire grove of them. I made an immediate promise to myself to come in the summer of fall to listen to these trees when their leaves are blowing in the wind. A favorite sound of mine!

 

We continued on, went around a corner, and saw a familiar site. While we have similar views from a hilltop behind our home, this was a view of Flathead Valley from a different angle. What a treat to spend some time soaking in the view.

Exploring Flathead National Forest

And then there was the most interesting sight of all. We happened to look through a bunch of trees into the valley and saw a very vacant and run down cabin and outhouse. There were rusted car fenders next to the house which were probably from the 1920s. Using that evidence as well as the condition of the home, I'd guess someone's Montana dream of the late 1800s/early 1900s was to have a cabin in a valley far away from everyone and in the midst of the forest. Unfortunately and obviously, their dream has since returned to nature as the quaking aspens once again claimed that land.

Exploring Flathead National ForestAs you might imagine, we had an amazing time exploring those few miles of Flathead National Forest. Now we only have about 2,495 miles left to go!

 

For other hiking posts, click here. For more information on the Kalispell area, click here. And of course, if you need help selling or buying a home in the Flathead Valley, I can be reached at 406-270-3667 and kat@thehousekat.com.

 

 

Originally published at thehousekat.com.

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Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat

Licensed Broker, CBR®

 

Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp

P.O. Box 10458

Kalispell, MT 59904

 

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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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Well I think that many miles of trails would keep me busy for a while. Beautiful views, have to say other than the snow in winter very tempting.

Apr 25, 2020 10:24 AM #6
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Kat,

Like you, I love the sound of quaking aspens, especially in the fall when their leaves turn to a brigh yellow.  Thanks for the hike you took us on.  A

Apr 25, 2020 10:31 AM #7
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Kat what a noble Goal and you guys live the life, reminds me when I was a kid and my parents would take me on these wonderful hikes, Endre

Apr 25, 2020 10:34 AM #8
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Kat Palmiotti
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There is a lot to see, Michael Jacobs - some of the trails we've been to in the past are really tricky to get to, so I'm not sure how many repeat visits I want to do there.

Good morning, Sharon Lee - there is so much hiking here, I'll never see it all!

Nina Hollander - Oh, I think this will always be a work in progress.

Apr 25, 2020 11:27 AM #9
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Kat Palmiotti
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Thank you Brian England - a little different than Gilbert..?

Will Hamm - Always! There was one section where the growth was really thick - who knows what was hiding in there.

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - It melts!

Apr 25, 2020 11:29 AM #10
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Kat Palmiotti
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel - Thank you for coming on the hike with me!

Endre Barath, Jr. - My parents did also, perhaps that's why I love being in the woods. We used to carry around little books with pictures of birds and plants and we'd try to figure out what everything was!

Apr 25, 2020 11:30 AM #11
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Funny you should say that Kat, my parents carried around a book of Mushrooms which I still have:)) we picked mushrooms on these hikes and I guess that is where my love if wild mushrooms started, Endre

Apr 25, 2020 11:34 AM #12
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What a beautiful spot Kat Palmiotti . I would love to spend my time exploring, maybe some day. 

Apr 25, 2020 02:59 PM #13
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Scott Godzyk - I am truly having such a great time exploring. Love it!

Apr 25, 2020 06:34 PM #14
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Kat- what fun!!!!! You are having so much fun exploring your area. And don't you wonder about the backstory on that cabin (or what's left of it)

Apr 25, 2020 06:53 PM #15
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Kat Palmiotti
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Yes, Kathy Streib - I do indeed wonder who built it, lived in it, enjoyed that valley. A couple? Some miners? A horseback riding bandit?

Apr 26, 2020 05:17 AM #16
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
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Good morning , I can't even imagine 2.4 million acres in my mind...

Happy Monday Kat Palmiotti 

Apr 27, 2020 11:27 AM #17
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Roy Kelley
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You make us wish we could join your for one of your hikes.

Have an outstanding week.

Apr 28, 2020 06:52 AM #18
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What beautiful surroundings you are now living among Kat. I like learning about all your different areas!

Apr 28, 2020 07:11 AM #19
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Kat Palmiotti
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It's certainly a lot, Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS !! Enjoy your day.

Come on out to Montana, Roy Kelley !

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 - Thank you for your comment. This is truly an amazing spot.

Apr 28, 2020 07:32 AM #20
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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How wonderful! Kat Palmiotti - you are quite the explorer and lover of nature. Oh, how I wish I could embrace it all and go back in time when hiking was easier. To wake up everyday and plan a new excursion for a planned or impromptu trip must feel so energizing. As the weeks go by, those trees will change and the scenery will be absolutely gorgeous! That little vacant cabin and oddhouse is very intriguing! A great place to write a fiction tale or dig deeper for a non-fiction novel. In any case, a great place to be inspired! If you go back there, look for old plants around the property. Where I lived in Northern, IL, there was evidence of an occupant from many years ago. During the spring and fall beautiful flowers, plants, and berries grew. 

Reading all about it here on ActiveRain is so refreshing to my soul. I wish you peace and new discoveries all the time. Reading this post made me very, very happy. 

Apr 29, 2020 08:39 AM #21
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Hi Kat,

Montana is such a beautiful land.  My uncle was the Bishop of Montana and had wonderful quarters for us to come and stay. We were never able to find the right time. I only wish I would have taken him up on it back then. 

May 01, 2020 10:02 AM #22
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Kat Palmiotti
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Thank you so much for your kind words, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP . The cabin really was interesting, and we are definitely going to go back and poke around a bit more. I'll check for any kind of plants/garden area!

I hope you had a great day today and you have an interesting weekend planned.

May 01, 2020 03:42 PM #23
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - You probably would have loved it! Maybe you'd be the one posting Montana info. :-)

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Hi- Kat Palmiotti  those are breathtaking sights.  You can enjoy to your heart's content with all social distancing.

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