Ralph L. Thayer Memorial

High mountain alpine setting - ridge tops views of Glacier National Park, flathead valley

photo:  Photo by USDA Forest Service.

Length: 17.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Equestrian - Pack trips
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing
Wildlife Observation

     dogs allowed off-leash

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Location: Flathead National Forest
State(s): Montana
Counties: Flathead
Longitude: -114.57146
Latitude: 48.74915

Driving Directions

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The Whitefish Divide Trail (Ralph Thayer Memorial Trail) follows the western border of Glacier View Ranger District. The southern trailhead begins just south of Werner Peak Lookout and is accessed from road #1658. For backpackers, water is located in China Basin and in wetlands to the north for about 2 miles. There is also a creek at Haines Pass. Water is scarce on the rest of the trail so plan accordingly.Portions of this trail are very steep and while easy to navigate, junctions are not well marked. Ridge walks are marked by rock cairns where trail is not as apparent. The trail crosses the road near Red Meadow Campground. This northern section of trail is less traveled.

The trail is open for non-motorized uses.

Additional Details

Width: 18 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil

Average Grade: 8%
Maximum Grade: 20%
Elevation Low Point: 6,000
Elevation High Point: 7,300
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: USFS Trail Details

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Fred Flint
Resource Assistant
US Forest Service
Hungry Horse Ranger District
Hungry Horse, MT 59919
(406) 387-3800
[email protected]



 Photo by USDA Forest Service.

Photo by USDA Forest Service.


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