Hiking Flathead National Forest: Forest Service Road

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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. There are also forest service roads that are open to hiking. We chose one of those this past weekend.

 

 

If you are in the mood for hiking, you don't have to hike on an "official" trail in the Flathead National Forest. You can also choose to walk on an unmarked forest service road where no trailheads are evident. A few days ago, we drove 4.6 miles up Patrick Creek Road, a dirt mountain road, until we arrived at a forest service road on the left. If you're going there, it's just a road with a gate. No identifying signs. We hadn't ever been up to that spot, so decided to give it a try.

 

Hiking Flathead National Forest: Forest Service Road photo of logged areaThis turned out to be another fantastic spot for a hike! Portions of this particular area have been logged recently. It was easy to see the difference between the part of the land that had already been cleared, and that which had not. As you can see from this photo on the left, the untouched part of forest is very thick. It has a combination of larch, pine, fir, aspen and other trees. When hiking near thick forests, it is not easy to see whether there are any animals wandering around under the trees. It's always a great idea to ensure you have bear spray ready to use, and (or) a firearm if you are so inclined.

 

Hiking Flathead National Forest: Forest Service Road photo of entranceOnce you start up the road shown in the photo on the right, there are various options in terms of direction. The road goes straight just a short way, bares to the left, goes up around a turn and then you can either go to the left or the right. We decided to go right, since the trail was much longer that way. After we went up the hill a half mile or so, there was an option to go left or right again, so we went left. We walked up and up until we saw gorgeous views (of course!). After spending a few minutes soaking in the beauty, we went back down to the last intersection and wandered up the other way.

 

And that is what exploring the forest is all about. Just wander. Roam. Look around. See what there is to see. Be in the moment.

 

While we did not see anything exciting in terms of animals or birds, we enjoyed tons of flowers, trees and views. And most importantly, we were able to enjoy a wonderful sunny summer Sunday in the great outdoors!

 

Now there are only about 2,490 miles of Flathead National Forest trails and roads left to explore!

 

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 posted at thehousekat.com.

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Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat

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Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp

P.O. Box 10458

Kalispell, MT 59904

 

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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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Very nice Kat Palmiotti . It's been a while since I've taken a hike but this would be right up my alley.

Jul 29, 2020 08:36 AM #1
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Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
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That looks like great fun Kat. Maybe we will need to put in on our bucket list :)

Jul 29, 2020 08:38 AM #2
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Will Hamm
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Wow Kat,  That is alot of hiking trails in the area.  How many do you think you will walk?

Jul 29, 2020 08:56 AM #3
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Brian England
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You know that I like to hike and that is another beautiful hike that I would enjoy taking!

Jul 29, 2020 09:34 AM #4
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Grant Schneider
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Hi Kat Palmiotti - another great area blog.  The music fits the trail.

Jul 29, 2020 09:58 AM #5
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Kat Palmiotti
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Bob "RealMan" Timm - There are a lot of these kinds of trails around here. What fun!

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty - Yes, do it!

I have no idea, Will Hamm , especially because that's just this one park! Glacier National Park has more, as do the Swan Mountains, etc. I will only walk a small fraction of what is available.

Jul 29, 2020 11:46 AM #6
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Kat Palmiotti
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Haha, Grant Schneider - It took me longer to pick the music than it did to put the video together. Haha

Jul 29, 2020 11:46 AM #7
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Kat Palmiotti
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You would, Brian England - AND it's in the 90s now. You'd be comfortable!

Jul 29, 2020 11:47 AM #8
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Nina Hollander
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Hi Kat... I know this is right up your alley so it sounds wonderful. For me, not being a hiker... not so much. But I can enjoy it vicariously through you. :)

Jul 29, 2020 01:20 PM #9
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Hello Kat - the enormity of Flathead National Forest is incredible - I had no idea.  Thank you for the ongoing lesson.   

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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Kat, 

It is so nice to see the perspective of other hikers and what their world looks like.  I had the opportunity to go to Montana when my uncle was the Bishop there and I never did. (kicking myself)!

Jul 29, 2020 04:11 PM #11
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Kat Palmiotti
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Nina Hollander - If I can give you vicarious thrills, I am happy!

Michael Jacobs - The amount of undeveloped land here is truly mind boggling. It's everywhere!

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - Well, now you have a friend here who would love to show you around! It's never too late.

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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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Very nice, Kat. I'm sure your area has tons of great hiking trails. Thanks for sharing this with us via video. D

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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Kat taking out the trash seems like a hike to me this one is way beyond my physical fitness, you would need two ambulatory people behind me so they could carry me home when I collapsed:)))Endre

Aug 01, 2020 10:18 PM #14
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Kat Palmiotti
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Thank you Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD ! I appreciate your comment!

Endre Barath, Jr. - Haha, funny. I bet you could do it!

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Kat Palmiotti  what do they call it " Mind over matter, you don't mind and I don't matter"???:))Endre

p.s.: appreciate the confidence :))

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