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LOCAL RECREATION

Outdoor recreation along the Flathead River is less than ½ mile away. Right from your cabin you can Hike, Bike, or Drive to the Flathead River where you will find two trailheads in the general area.

 

1. The Columbia Falls River Trail (Easy) 

2. Columbia Mountain Trail (Difficult) 

Both are bike friendly trails and favorites that we frequent.

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We have bear spray available, just ask!

Glacier National Park

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Spring

  • Biking or Hiking the GTSR is one of the best springtime activities here. The Going-to-the-Sun Road is open to hiking and biking beyond the vehicle closure, the farther you ride the better the views get. It can get chilly this time of year so plan accordingly.

  • In Late spring the lower trails begin to start becoming more accessible for hiking. 

  • Natural Hot Springs within 3 hours of Fort Williamson are Quinn's, Lolo, or Symes Hot Springs. Some require advance reservations for day soaks so make sure to check in advance. 

Summer & Fall

Winter 

  • Ticketed Entry - Make sure to research the requirements around Ticketed Entry for the Going-to-the-Sun Road (GTTS) and North Polebridge Park Entrance for your trip dates.  The first round of tickets are sold 60 days in advance. If you miss it, then the next round of tickets go on sale 24 hours in advance. The ticket is good for 3 consecutive days. Create an account so you can be prepared to be logged in and ready to purchase one at 8am mountain time as they sell out quickly. Click one of the following links to make your reservation Going to the Sun Road Reservations & North Fork Reservations - If you weren't able to get tickets then look into making a Boat Reservation on either Lake McDonald or on Lake St Mary, both these lakes are located along the GTTS. A reservation on either of these lakes will get you an all day Ticketed Entry to the GTTS road. As a worst case scenario you can enter after 6 PM. Keep in mind that Many Glacier and Two Medicine Areas don't require tickets so be sure to explore these areas on those days you don't have tickets. 

  • Going-To-The-Sun Road (GTTS) - One of the most beautiful drives in the world, we call it the Crown of the Continent. This typically opens for full passage sometime after June 25th, it varies from year to year. If you are here in late June when the road is closed, it's worth the trip to the East side to enter the GTTS from the Saint Mary's side. It is less than a 5 mile hike up the paved road to Logan's Pass from where the vehicle closure is.

  • Logan's Pass - If you're planning a hike, make sure to get there early to find parking. It typically takes about 1 hr 15 min taking the GTTS Road to get there from Fort Williamson. If you're looking to just park for a short time it might be worth taking a few loops around the parking lot until something opens up. Oftentimes we will continue on to Saint Mary Lake for a waterfall hike and then catch Logan's Pass on the return. 

  • Lake McDonald - Is about 20 minutes from Fort Williamson. Renting kayaks or booking a boat tour will also get you all day Ticketed Entry to the GTTS road. 

  • Many Glacier - Is a 2 hour 15 min drive from Fort Williamson. It's a beautiful area and well worth the Trek. This is where boat ride across the lake to lesson your hike to Grinnell Glacier departs from. Make sure to schedule boat tickets in advance. Additionally this is where everyone seems to see Moose and Grizzlies, near lake Josephine. 

  • Saint Mary Lake - Is about 1 hour and 30 minutes from Fort Williamson via the GTTS road. Booking a boat tour on Saint Mary Lake will also get you an all day Ticketed Entry to the GTTS road, so you would be able to enter on the west side and drive the Going to Sun Road West to the east side. 

  • Polebridge North Park Entrance - It takes about an hour to get to Polebridge from Fort Williamson via the Outer North Fork road, only a 1/4 of it is paved. Make sure to stop for some Pastries before you enter the park.

  • Bowman/Kintla Lake - These lakes are accessed from the North Park Entrance. These are the less traveled lakes of the park and well worth the day trip.

  • Two Medicine Is about 1 hour 30 min from Fort Williamson and is less visited than the other parts of the Park. You can take a day trip for the breathtaking views and a quick hike to Running Eagle Falls. 

  • Rent Kayaks and enjoy Lake McDonald for the day.

  • Trails in the park we frequent are Apgar Lookout, Avalanche Lake, Hidden Lake, and Virginia and St Mary's Falls

WE ARE CENTRALLY LOCATED:

15

MIN

Glacier Park International Airport (FCA)

15

MIN

West Glacier

Entrance (GNP)

30

MIN

Flathead Lake

20

MIN

Downtown

Whitefish, MT

30

MIN

Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort

25

MIN

Downtown

Kalispell, MT

30

MIN

Downtown

Bigfork, MT