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Sylvia Lake Trail

Monday, May 13, 2019

Alt Names

Flathead National Forest, Tally Lake Ranger District, Mt. Conner, Ingalls Mountain, Star Meadows Guard Station, Sylvia Lake Campground

Last Known StatusOpen

This part of the Flathead National Forest offers about ten miles of narrow, single track woods trails with some moderate elevation changes.

Sylvia Lake Campground provides direct trail access and has three designated sites, each with a picnic table and fire ring. A small boat ramp is also located at the campground.

The trails and campground are open year-round but the best time to visit is around mid June through the end of October. The trails are also popular with hikers and horseback riders.

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Nearest CityWhitefish, MT
AddressSylvia Lake Road, Kalispell, MT 59901
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From: Whitefish, MT
1) Take SR-93 north about 10 miles
2) Turn left (south-west) onto Farm To Market Road, continue 1.8 miles
3) Turn right (west) onto FS Road #539/Star Meadow Road, continue 23 miles
4) Turn left (south-west) on Sylvia Lake Road, continue about 2.5 miles
5) Campground entrance is on the right (west).


LandNational Forest


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Permit RequiredYesMontana OHV Permit
Dates OpenYear-Round
Reciprocity OfferedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsProhibited
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSProhibited
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4s / Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Helmets RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for persons under 18 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknown
Cross CountryProhibitedno trailblazing
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all visitors get insurance for their ATV, UTV or motorcycle before visiting any of the locations shown on this website.




Contact InfoFlathead National Forest - Tally Lake Ranger Station
650 Wolf Pack Way
Kalispell, MT 59901
(406) 758-5200
Contact InfoMontana Fish, Wildlife And Parks
1420 East 6th Avenue
Helena, MT 59620-0701
(406) 444-2950
CommentMontana OHV Permit Info


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Miles Of Trail10
Climate TypeForest
Elevation4600 to 6000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has mostly loose dirt.Mostly
Hard PackThe trail has little hard pack terrain.Little
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has almost all single track trails.All
RoadsThis national forest has no roads.None
IntersectionsThis trail has few intersections.Few
Rider TrafficThe national forest has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
ShadeThis national forest has some shaded areas.Some
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some


First Aid First Aid20-30 Miles (E)North Valley Hospital (406) 863-3500
Gasoline Gasoline20-30 Miles (E)Westside Gas & Grocery (406) 862-4535
Diesel Diesel20-30 Miles (E)Westside Gas & Grocery (406) 862-4535
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (E)Tally Lake Campground (406) 758-5200
RV Hookups RV Hookup20-30 Miles (E)Whitefish RV Park (406) 862-7275
RV Dump Station RV Disposal20-30 Miles (E)Whitefish RV Park (406) 862-7275
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store20-30 Miles (E)Westside Gas & Grocery (406) 862-4535
Swimming Swim Area5-20 Miles (W)Tally Lake Beach (406) 758-5200
Body of Water Water BodyOn Site
Boating Launch Boat RampOn Site
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