Danny On Trail
Leaving directly from Whitefish Mountain Resort Village is the popular hiking experience of the Danny On Trail. It meanders up the slopes of Big Mountain through a dazzling array of blooming wildflowers to the 6,817ft summit where it passes through forests and fields. Epic vistas look out over the valley and the mountains from various points along the trail. Finish at the Summit House for lunch and take the chairlift back down. (For current lift pricing visit SkiWhitefish.com/summer)
Our most popular hiking trail is the Danny On Memorial Hiking Trail. The core of this trail extends 3.8 miles from the village to the 6,817ft summit. Some hikers choose to hike in one direction, and use a Scenic Lift ride for the other. Along the trail and at the summit, hikers enjoy vistas of the Flathead Valley below them and long-distance views of Glacier National Park the Canadian Rockies and the Bob Marshall, Great Bear, Scapegoat, and Cabinet wilderness areas. The view from the top is 360 degrees of alpine splendor. Finish at the Summit House for lunch and take the chairlift back down. (For current lift pricing visit SkiWhitefish.com/summer)
The Danny On Trail was dedicated as a memorial to Danny On, a Forest Service silviculturist (forest ecologist) and renowned nature photographer, conservationist and avid skier on The Big Mountain. Danny generously gave his time to teach novices about nature, photography, skiing and forestry. Danny died at the age of 55 in a skiing accident on The Big Mountain.
There are two other trails connected to the Danny On near the top of Big Mountain’s summit the East Rim trail and Flower Point Trail. Due to its length and elevation gain, the Danny On is considered a difficult trail. Our other trails, ranging from easy to moderate, are located around the lower mountain around the Upper Village and below the Base Lodge.