OverviewDue to an extensive network of Forest Service and logging roads many of the mountains in Northwest Montana's Salish Range are easily accessible. While these mountains are not high and some of the elevation gains are not extreme they are still worthwhile pursuits to get in shape for later climbs during the summer. Fox Mountain is another one of these mountains.
Fox Mountain is located in the Tally Lake Ranger District of the Flathead National Forest. It is another mountain that was burned by the Brush Creek fire of 2007. This fire was started by lightning in July 2007 and burned until August...consuming approximately 30,000 acres in the Flathead and Kootenai National Forests with the great majority being in the Tally Lake Ranger District.
Solitude reigns supreme in the Salish! The fifth mountain this year with no other hikers....a benefit of outstanding magnitude!
Getting ThereDrive 16 miles north of downtown Whitefish on Hwy 93. Turn left on Good Creek Road which is just north of Lower Stillwater Lake. Travel 6 miles on paved Good Creek Road. Continue onward on un-paved Good Creek Road (60) for an additional 8 miles and then left on 60-A or Greg Creek Road. Proceed on the gravel road for an approximately additional 6 miles to Logging Road #11217 which serves as your "trailhead", located on the right side of the road. Watch out for obstructions such as the one below!
Trail InformationAs mentioned, Logging Road 11217 is the "trailhead". This is a relatively short hike of approximately 2 miles to the summit with an elevation gain of about 600 feet.
Approximately 1.25 miles of the hike is on the road where at the end you are greeted by a nice bouldering rock.
From the rock to the summit is a .75 mile bushwhack through a logged area with a lot of downed timber. Watch your step! Many of these logs are unstable so it is much better to step over them instead of on them. Be aware of your footing.
Summit ViewsYour summit views consist of surrounding Salish mountains such as Adams Mountain, Johnson Peak, Mount Conner and Mount Swaney.
Red TapeFox Mountain is located in the Flathead National Forest which is bear country. So...carry bear spray, don't hike alone, and make plenty of noise as you hike.
These mountains are being logged so beware of logging trucks on the narrow mountain roads and locals felling trees across the roads for firewood.
Camping and GearThe closest campgrounds are at Sylvia Lake and Tally Lake.
Area cabin rental is available at Star Meadows.
Bring your own water for this hike.
A Tally Lake Ranger District Map would be most helpful for this hike....available at local outdoor retailers.
Trip OptionsFox Mountain, in itself, is not a difficult hike....approximately 600' in elevation gain and approximately 4 miles of round trip hiking. However, coupled with Dunsire Point which is approximately 700' in elevation gain and approximately 6 miles of round trip hiking AND Mount Swaney which is approximately 1050' in elevation gain and approximately 6 miles of round trip hiking....YOU HAVE A FULL DAY!!! These 3 mountains all have trailheads on the same road approximately two miles apart. Combine any 2 or do all 3 in one day...
Fox & Dunsire=1300' & 10 miles
Fox & Swaney=1650' & 10 miles
Dunsire & Swaney=1750' & 12 miles
Dunsire, Fox & Swaney=2350' & 16 miles