Herron Park/Chase Forest Trails Map – The latest map (November 2015) is ready! George & Elma have created an updated (includes Boundary Trail), pocket-sized map that covers all the ground. These maps are available at the main parking lot kiosk as well as Rocky Mountain Outfitter, Wheatons, and the Chamber of Commerce, all in downtown Kalispell. If you’re in a hurry, you can download a map in PDF, but we encourage you to get a hardcopy as they’re sturdy, easy to fold, and easier to read than the PDF.
Using the Trails – For decades, the trails in and around Herron Park were user-created, unplanned and unsustainable. Beginning in 2009, FTBT (with crews from Montana Conservation Corps and volunteers) began building and maintaining professionally designed trails in Herron Park and the John Chase Forest. These trails are shared by hikers/runners, equestrians and cyclists, so safety is important. The Boundary Trail (to be completed in 2016) is the latest addition to approximately 15 miles of stacked loop trails.
Trails Extending South Toward Blacktail Mountain
Most of the land extending south from Herron Park to Blacktail Mountain is owned either by Plum Creek Timber, Stoltze Lumber Company, or the U.S. Forest Service (see overview map). The portion of the trail on Forest Service land (from Emmons Saddle at the upper end of Patrick Creek Road to Blacktail Mountain) has been completed, though it has not been signed yet.
FTBT is working diligently with private landowners between Herron Park and Emmons Saddle to obtain a permanent trail easement through their property. Several issues must first be addressed, including liability. In the meantime, all of us are fortunate that Plum Creek and Stoltze have an open lands policy, allowing non-motorized public recreation within established roads on their property. This is a privilege and we must all be respectful.
Be aware that routes are not signed or maintained and you bear sole responsibility for your safety and comfort.
Project area overview map by Mobile LoGIStics Mapping of Whitefish.