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Montana Trail Running + Wellness Retreat

Expand Your Energy Among the Mountains of Whitefish, Montana

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. Be game for plenty of long uphill and downhills!

Participant Photos + Testimonials

Thoughtfully Designed

“Run Wild Retreats is a fun, mindful, and engaging program thoughtfully designed to meet the abilities of any runner. I was beyond pleased with my retreat experience, from the trail runs that highlighted local hot spots and history, to the quality of the lodging and food, to the wonder and awe of the fellow women that laughed and persevered together on and off the trails. I highly recommend Run Wild Retreats!”

–Sarah C.

Restorative and Fun

“The Whitefish, Montana running retreat was restorative and fun. Elinor and everyone else at Run Wild Retreats have done an incredible job pivoting to succeed despite a global pandemic. The final night’s private dinner and concert were particularly memorable, as was 11 miles of puddles :).”

–Amy H.

Start Planning Your Retreat

Montana Trail Running + Wellness Retreat

• Three nights at the Lodge on Whitefish Lake
• Kalispell Airport pick up and drop off
• Lakefront pool, hot tub
• Canoe rental (SUPs and Kayaks available for additional fee)
• 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 clinics
• Trail snacks/energy food
• Run Wild Retreats gift bag

Deposit: $600

Balance Payment Deadline: May 20, 2022

Max Group Size: 14 women

Shared Room Package (per person): $2,995
Private Room Package (per person): $3,650

*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 at time of registration.

Read the booking terms and cancellation policy here. 

This retreat is rated Level III, which means we recommend you have a base fitness level that allows you to run up to 10 miles at a time on roads. The total distance for this retreat will be between approximately 28 and 32 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 is recommended.
  • 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/

4-Day, 3-Night Retreat Itinerary

Montana Trail Running + Wellness Retreat

Day 1  | 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. 

Time on trail (including stops and clinic): 90 minutes to 2 hours

Day 2 |  Trot Along the Danny On 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 at the Whitefish Ski Resort.  This first day on the trail has plenty of beautiful views looking out at Glacier National Park. The Danny On Trail is an out-and-back trail run ascending 2,200 feet to the top of the mountain. It looks like an imposing challenge but the trail is pretty consistently graded throughout with many runnable sections. 
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 followed by dinner at the lodge.

Time on trail (including stops): 3 – 3.5 hours

Day 3 | 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 trail that we’ll run point-to-point on rolling terrain with short climbs and descents along a low ridgeline at around 5,800 feet in elevation. The final miles feature a switchbacking descent that pops out at Tally Lake. 

Here, we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch (and if you wish, take a refreshing dip in the lake!). Then it’s a 35-minute drive back to the lodge, where you’ll have a few free hours for your spa appointment (if you booked one), a stroll through downtown Whitefish, canoe on the lake or relax poolside before a late-afternoon Sharing Circle. Tonight we’re in for a special treat, with a private outdoor farm-to-table dinner at Stillwater Lake. Chef Jordan is preparing a three-course meal just for us, featuring locally sourced ingredients. After dinner, we’ll be treated to a live outdoor concert on the lake.

Time on trail (including stops): 3 – 4 hours

Day 4  |   Lookout Mountain Run + Retreat Closing

Help yourself to the lodge’s breakfast buffet at your leisure. We’ll depart a bit earlier this morning and drive around 20 minutes to tthe trailhead. Today’s run is a fun, rolling singletrack loop starting at the base of Spencer of Mountain and ascending around 800 feet to it’s peak, great views of the Whitefish Range.

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: 1 –  1.5 hours including stops 

The total distance for this retreat will be between approximately 28 and 32 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..