Guided Mindful Running | Mountain Views | Wildflowers | Lakefront Lodge | Alpine + Forest Singletrack Trails
Fill your lungs with Montana’s fresh mountain air while running sublime singletrack trails that meander through wildflower meadows lodgepole pine forests and along lakeshores. Against the backdrop of Glacier National Park’s stunning snow-capped peaks, running some of Whitefish’s best trails will raise your energy and inspire your running like never before.
With your retreat leader’s guidance, experience how running mindfully can help you maximize running’s stress-reducing effects while immersing yourself in nature. After an invigorating morning on the trails, you’ll enjoy afternoons free to take part in the Lodge at Whitefish Lake’s many recreational services, such as paddleboarding, kayaking or canoeing on the lake, or lounging in the pool, hot tub or spa. This four-diamond property is perfectly situated to give us easy and convenient access to the trails on which we’ll run each day.
Our daily runs will be about 8 to 10 miles with plenty of stops and breaks throughout in order to enjoy the views of Glacier National Park as well as nearby lakes and colorful wildflower meadows. Our runs take us as high as 7,000 feet, so we do recommend this retreat for those with good fitness and who are comfortable running on singletrack trails. You don’t need to be fast or have a lot of experience running on trails, but be game for plenty of long uphill and downhills!
4-Day, 3-Night Retreat Itinerary
Day 1 Thursday | Arrivals + Shake Out Run
Your retreat package includes a pick up from the local airport to take you directly to the Lodge at Whitefish Lake, where the retreat is taking place. After checking into your room, meet your retreat leader for the retreat’s Opening Meeting at 2 p.m.. Come dressed ready to run as we’ll depart for today’s shake out run soon after the meeting wraps. During the meeting, you’ll officially meet your fellow retreat participants and review the retreat intention and flow with your retreat leader. At 3 p.m., you’ll have a chance to return to your room to drop off any extra items and your Run Wild Retreats Gift Bag before meeting our guides in front of the lobby area for a short drive to today’s run location at Beaver Lake.
Today’s “shake out” trail run is designed to help you get grounded and burn off any nervous energy. Your retreat leader will present the key aspects of the Power Posture as a foundation for your mindful running practice in the days to come. These techniques will be especially valuable if you’re new to trail running. Then you’ll enjoy a relaxed run on these smooth, easy trails. After the run, we’ll return to the lodge, where you have plenty of free time to freshen up before we gather for dinner in the dining room. Near the end of dinner, your retreat leader will review important information for tomorrow’s run in terms of what to bring and what to wear for the conditions.
Time on trail (including stops and clinic): 90 minutes to 2 hours
Day 2 Friday | Trot Along the Whitefish Trail
Help yourself to the breakfast buffet served at the lodge. After a leisurely breakfast, we meet our guides for a 20-minute drive to the trailhead. This first day on the trail has plenty of beautiful views looking out at Glacier National Park. Whitefish Trail-Spencer Loop is an out-and-back trail run ascending 2,200 feet to the top of a mountain. It looks like an imposing challenge but the trail is pretty consistently graded throughout. At the run’s end, we’ll return to the have a picnic lunch, then drive back to the lodge, where you have a free afternoon to enjoy your choice of activity: spa, paddleboarding, yoga class, kayaking or canoeing before a Wellness Workshop followed by dinner at the lodge.
Time on trail (including stops): 3 – 3.5 hours
Day 3 Saturday | Running High on Reid Divide
Help yourself to the breakfast buffet at the lodge at your leisure this morning. Then we’ll meet our guides for a short drive to the start of today’s run, which will be the weekend’s longest. Reid Divide is a 10-mile section of out and back trail. As you enter the trail you’re faced with a couple quick steep climbs. From there it becomes rolling terrain with short climbs and descents along a low ridgeline at around 5,800 feet in elevation. Enjoy lush greenery and sample the huckleberries along the way. After the run, return to the lodge for a casual lunch and free afternoon to enjoy the myriad of activities available there. A late-afternoon Wellness Workshop is following by dinner on site.
Time on trail (including stops): 3 – 4 hours
Day 4 Sunday | Wildflower Run + Retreat Closing
Help yourself to the lodge’s breakfast buffet at your leisure. Today’s run is also and out-and-back singletrack trail that winds through alpine fir forests and spectacular fields of wildflowers and offers a fabulous view of the Flathead Valley. As one ascends, glimpses into Glacier National Park come into view. It is famous for its abundance of huckleberries and cyclical displays of bear grass lilies.
Upon returning to the lodge, you’ll have time to freshen up and check out before meeting your retreat leader for the final farewell lunch and retreat closing meeting. This afternoon, we offer airport transfers to get you to your flight on time for your travels home.
Time on trail: 2 – 3 hours including stops
The total distance for this retreat will be between approximately 32 and 36 miles, as represented in this itinerary by time on trail rather than mileage. These run times include breaks to enjoy the views, take photos, eat and drink. The precise route, trails and distances run may change due to changes to trail modifications, weather conditions, guide recommendations and other safety considerations..
Start Planning Your RetreatMontana Trail Running + Wellness Retreat
• Three nights at the Lodge on Whitefish Lake
• Airport pick up and drop off
• Optional SUP, kayak or canoe rental
• Lakefront pool, hot tub
• Ground transportation throughout the retreat
• All meals from Day 1 dinner through Day 4 lunch
• Daily trail runs with professional guides
• Dedicated Retreat Leader
• Mindful Running workshops
• Trail snacks/energy food
• Run Wild Retreats gift bag
⚠️ Covid Health + Safety Protocols are in place. Read about them here.
Balance Payment Deadline: June 20, 2021
Max Group Size: 14 women
Shared Room Package (per person): $2,695
Private Room Package (per person): $3,345
*Shared room packages have two beds. Solo travelers may choose this option and will be paired with another retreat participant.
If traveling with a friend, you may list your friend as your preferred roommate on your Retreat Participant Intake Form.
You may customize your retreat package with various add-on services by registering on one of the Trip Pages to the right.
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This retreat is rated Level III, which means we recommend you have a base fitness level that allows you to run up to 9 miles at a time on roads. The total distance for this retreat will be between approximately 32 and 36 miles, as represented in this itinerary by time on trail rather than mileage. These run times include breaks to enjoy the views, take photos, eat and drink. The precise route, trails and distances run may change due to changes to trail modifications, weather conditions, guide recommendations and other safety considerations.
- Daily runs at this retreat range from 5 miles to 10 miles on singletrack trails.
- There is no time limit; you may take as long as you need to finish the runs, which end at the lodge at which we’re staying.
- Two guides accompany the group to support the different pace groups, so there’s no pressure to run faster than you’re comfortable.
- Trail running experience isn’t necessary. Your retreat leader provides trail-running tips for running in this terrain.
- You’ll encounter trails with loose rocks, and some exposure to heights. You can walk/hike trail sections as you need.
- The trail surfaces are a mix of loose sand, rock and dirt trail. Very little ground will be truly flat–you have to focus on your footing, which is why we stop often to take photos and soak up the views.
- Trail running shoes and a hydration pack that can carry at least 1.5 Liters of water are required.
- Learn more about how we manage run pacing here: https://runwildretreats.com/about-the-run-wild-retreat-experience/levels/