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Join the Adventure


Tag along with us as we explore the hikes around Moss Mountain Inn as well as the backcountry opportunities. The Flathead County is full of places to lose oneself in and we hope to provide our readers with information about each adventure we have and some possible information about the area that may not be known. 

Cyclone Lookout


Driving to Cyclone Trailhead from Moss Mountain Inn (MMI) will take about 50 to 60 minuets depending on road conditions, vehicle type, and comfortability with dirt roads. The trail access is behind a gated forest service road. Follow the North Fork Rd until Hay Creek on the left hand side. Turn onto Hay Creek and follow for a mile or two then take a left hand turn and follow that for a couple miles to reach the forest service road also on the left. I would recommend turning around upon arrival as it tends to get tight with more cars showing up.

The trail is 4.2 miles round trip with 1,100 ft. in elevation gain. The summit sits at 6,030 ft. but if you want a little extra height there is an active fire tower that can be accessed. The hike starts out mellow with more incline as you reach the switchbacks in the last part of the trail. It is dog friendly and Mushka had a great time as always. The whole trail except for the summit is forested and well shaded. However I always recommend early hikes for more comfortable hiking temperatures, less people, and less bugs. Would rate this hike as an easy hike with good views and a good start to the active summer season.  
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Standard Peak


A 6 mile round trip trail with 1,955 ft. in elevation gain Standard Peak is a moderate hike with a consistent incline most of the way and a final push right at the end to reach the peak at 7,196 ft.. There is access to Canyon Creek Trails along the way and the summit sits right behind Big Mountain. Loads of huckleberries, whortle berries, and thimble berries to snack on while admiring the great views. The trail is partially shaded with open aspects along the way and limited water availability. This is a dog friendly trail but don't forget to pack the pups water and a wet bandana to keep them cool during the hot months.  

This trail is difficult to see going up the road. The best way to find it is to track the 7.6 miles up McGinnis Creek Road then find a good place to turn around and park on a pull out above or below the trailhead. The trail cuts up the slope next a large Larch tree and we flagged it with orange tape the last time we hiked it. Again this trail is up a dirt road that narrows considerably the higher you go but is much closer to MMI. 
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Hornet Lookout


Hornet is about 35 to miles north of MMI. Follow the North Fork rd. about 20 miles then take a left hand turn onto Whale Creek Rd for 4 miles then turn north onto Hornet Rd and follow 5.2 miles to the trailhead. Road narrows and gains elevation relatively quick so be careful driving and of other vehicles. 

From the parking area the hike is only a mile round trip and travels through the old Whale Creek burn. The hike is easy with slight elevation gain around 800 ft. to put you at 6,744 ft. total elevation. It is dog friendly and mostly open aspect to allow for 360 degree views. This Lookout can be rented out and for more information on the history check out this link.
https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/flathead/recarea/?recid=66218
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