July 27, 2017

Lone Pine State Park in Kalispell, Montana: A Great Place for a Hike and a View

Flathead Lake from Lone Pine State Park, Kalispell, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2013

If you are looking for a place to get a great view of the Flathead Valley, and want to get some fairly easy hiking in, Lone Pine State Park is the place for you.

Lone Pine boasts 7 1/2 miles of trails open for hiking, snowshoeing, horseback riding, and mountain biking.  So many trails and options to choose from!

The Park is open year-round, from 8 a.m. to dark.  It is free for Montana residents, and $5 for non-residents that drive in with a vehicle.  You can walk in for $3, but it is a short jaunt up to the visitor center, so I think it is worth paying the $5 to drive in.  In addition to hiking, there are places to picnic, bathrooms, fire pits and grills, and of course, there is the awesome visitor center!

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Neill family leaving to hike from the Lone Pine State Park Visitor Center, Kalispell, Montana

Neill family leaving to hike from the Lone Pine State Park Visitor Center, Kalispell, Montana

The views are seriously spectacular.  I think the Flathead Valley is known for its gorgeous mountains, and clear lakes and rivers.  It seems like you can see everything from up here!!  From Flathead Lake, all of the way across the valley up into Glacier National Park and Whitefish Mountain Resort at Big Mountain.

Panoramic view from the Lone Pine State Park in Kalispell, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2013

Panoramic view from the Lone Pine State Park in Kalispell, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2013

View from Lone Pine State Park, Kalispell, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2013
Flathead Lake from Lone Pine State Park, Kalispell, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2013

Flathead Lake from Lone Pine State Park, Kalispell, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2013

There is a lot to be seen from the main lookout you can easily reach from the parking lot.  Cross the bridge and head up to your left to reach the lookout.

Looking back at the foot bridge toward the parking lot

Looking back at the foot bridge toward the parking lot

Path heading toward the lookout

Path heading toward the lookout

 

Turn left to head up to the lookout

Turn left to head up to the lookout

Hiking up to the lookout

Hiking up to the lookout

Lookout from Lone Pine State Park, Kalispell, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2013

Lookout from Lone Pine State Park, Kalispell, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2013

Me and my girl

Me and my girl

Neill family enjoying the view

Neill family enjoying the view

If you don’t head to the left, you will head out to another great lookout point.

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We saw this boy running up the path, and I asked him where he found the snake.  His reply?  “Petco.”  Ha!  Not the answer we were expecting.  He said he takes it on hikes with the family.

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There are so many awesome trails that offer a variety of views.

View of Whitefish Mountain Resort from Lone Pine State Park

View of Whitefish Mountain Resort from Lone Pine State Park

Trails at Lone Pine State Park, Kalispell, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2013Trails at Lone Pine State Park, Kalispell, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2013

Here you can find a map of the trails: http://fwp.mt.gov/export/gisResources/visitMaps/parks/1525.pdf

Click here to read about the Lone Pine State Park Visitor Center, you won’t want to miss on your way out!

Also, pets are allowed on leashes!! Just don’t let them get ahead too far on the leash – our black lab tried to jump the rock wall at one of the lookouts, but thankfully he has quick skills and hurled himself backward quickly enough to not going flying over the edge!! Have fun, and enjoy Lone Pine State Park!!

The view over the ledge

The view over the ledge

Warmest Wishes from Big Sky Country,

Alex Neill

Montana Vacation Blog

 

HOW TO GET HERE: 

(Coming from Flathead Lake):  Head north on US-93 N, take a left onto the US-93 Bypass (at the light, you will see a sign), at the first roundabout traffic circle, stay straight to stay on the US-93 Bypass.

At the second roundabout traffic circle, take the 3rd exit onto Foys Lake Road / South Meridian Rd., and continue to follow Foys Lake Road up a long hill.  You will drive around Foys Lake (on your right), and will eventually see a sign for Lone Pine State Park, where you will take a left and head up to the park.

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