Hiking in Montana

Montana is a treasure-trove of sweeping vistas, pristine trout streams, peaceful hiking trails, and powder-rich ski areas. Montana is a promised land whether you're planning to backpack deep into the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness, pedal a scenic byway or lonely single track, or ski a thousand foot couloir of blower, cold smoke powder.

Montana is home to two major National Parks - Glacier and Yellowstone - and numerous state parks and recreation sites. Glacier National Park is over 1,000,000 acres of forests, alpine meadows, and lakes. The spectacular glaciated landscape is a hikers paradise. Yellowstone National Park is the world's first national park and boasts geothermal wonders, such as Old Faithful, evidence of one of the world's largest active volcanoes.

Hoping to bag an elk or land a blue-ribbon trout? The forests, plains, and streams of Montana are home to premiere fishing and hunting. Four distinct seasons and a vast array of dynamic ecosystems provide sportsmen and sportwomen a lifetime of opportunity to ply their hobby.

Hiking, rafting, horseback riding, mountain biking, skiing, snowmobiling. Montana has it all whether it's summer, winter, springtime or autumn, recreation under the Big Sky is full of endless possibilities.
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Highline Trail - Glacier National Park
Highline Trail - Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park, Montana, United States
 
Moderate: 11.4 miles, Full day
One of the best trails in the entire park, and a shuttle will even bring you back to your car at Logan Pass

This is one of the park's most beautiful hikes. It can be done in an afternoon after parking your car at Logan Pass then taking the traverse of the glacially carved valley down to the lower parking lot on Going to the Sun road. Look up the shuttle schedule and pace yourself so that you can catch a ride with the free shuttle back up to your car at...
Grinnell Glacier - Glacier National Park
Grinnell Glacier - Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park, Montana, United States
 
Moderate: 12.0 miles, Full day
A beautiful hike to a glacial lake beneath a massive melting glacier.

This is one of the most beautiful hikes in the entire National Park. The wonderfully maintained park trail will take you past beautiful lakes onto steep hillsides with sweeping views of waterfalls and glaciers all around you. You will probably see a lot of wildlife on the trip as well so be ready with your camera. When you get to Grinnell Lake you...
Trail of The Cedars - Glacier National Park
Trail of The Cedars - Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park, Montana, United States
 
Easy: 1.5 miles, 1 hour or less
A short loop hike through a cedar forest to Avalanche Gorge that is wheelchair accessible as well

This is a short hike through the woods over wooden boardwalks and bridges that are handicapped accessible for wheelchairs or the elderly. There are many informative and interpretive signs along the path to guide you and explain the flora and fauna of the area. This is a wonderful hike to take children on.
The Beaten Path
The Beaten Path
Cooke City, Montana, United States
 
Moderate: 25 miles, Multiple days
Twenty-five miles of spectacular backpacking in the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness of Montana, USA.

"The Beaten Path" is a 25 mile trail traversing some of the most spectacular country within the 944,000 acre Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. Lakes and streams appear around just about every corner enticing both those appreciative of a spectacular Wilderness view or one with a penchant for hooking a trout upon the end of their fly-line. The trail...
Granite Peak - Montana's Highpoint
Granite Peak - Montana's Highpoint
Fishtail, Montana, United States
 
Difficult: 18.7 miles, Multiple days
The highpoint of Montana over an amazing 2 day climb.

This 12,799 located in the Beartooth Mountain Range of Montana in the Rockies is one of the harder state highpoints to get due to the distance technical challenge of the last 200 feet of the summit block. When you get up there it will look impossible but if you can make it across the snow bridge safely there is a route you can scramble up to the summit....
Cinnamon Lookout
Cinnamon Lookout
Big Sky, Montana, United States
4.4 mile trail near Big Sky, Montana. This trail begins at the road opposite the Cinnamon Lodge in the Gallatin Canyon.

To find the trailhead, take the forest road opposite the Cinnamon Lodge in Gallatin Canyon which is south of Big Sky and the Corral Restaurant and Bar. You drive just a short distance (maybe 1/2 mile) to the trailhead. The trail follows Cinnamon Creek for 2.5 miles to a junction where it then goes up a ridge to the lookout. The trail if good...
Sourdough/Gallagator Trail
Sourdough/Gallagator Trail
Bozeman, Montana, United States
16.4 mile trail--Main Street to Mountains

Sourdough/Gallagator Trail is about 16.4 miles long. The trail is great for mountain biking and normally takes 1-3 hours. If you go early, you will likely see deer along the way. Great shaded areas and open meadows make this a great, easy ride or hike.
Drinking Horse Trail
Drinking Horse Trail
Bozeman, Montana, United States
2.4 mile trail near Bozeman, Montana

Drinking Horse Trail is about 2.4 miles long and located near Bozeman, Montana. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 1-3 hours. The trail is steep, and it is easiest to go counter-clockwise. Great views of Bridger Canyon and the Gallatin Valley.
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Grinnell Glacier Trail
by kirt on Aug 08, 2008
Many Glacier, Montana, United States
Hiking | 12.1 miles
Awesome hike in some absolutely gorgeous country. My father and I started off with a boat rides from the Many Glacier Hotel across Swiftcurrent Lake. There is a fifth of a mile long paved trail connecting Swiftcurrent Lake from Lake Josephine. Once departing Morning Eagle, the fun old boat serving Lake Josephine, the trail heads to the North for a short ways before heading West and steadily ascending towards Upper Grinnell Lake.The...
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Glacier National Park - St Mary and Virginia Falls
by ant on Jul 05, 2011
Siyeh Bend, Montana, United States
Hiking | 2.3 miles
This was a short hike from Going to the Sun road to Virginia falls.
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Highline Trail (The Loop), Glacier NP, MT, USA
by ysato_JAPAN on Aug 13, 2007
Glacier National Park, Montana, United States
Hiking | 14.2 miles
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Grinnell Glacier Hike
by laoatwork on Aug 18, 2006
Swiftcurrent, Montana, United States
Hiking | 11.4 miles
A must-do hike, BEAUTIFUL.   Click on the blog word to see our blog
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Highline Trail
by JonathanEllinger on Aug 23, 2008
Siyeh Bend, Montana, United States
Hiking | 11.4 miles
Saturday - Breakfast with Rachel & Jon then the Highline Trail in Glacier National Park. After a wonderful breakfast with Rachel and Jon at the same place we went to with Kenny Emily and I hit the road towards Glacier National Park. This time we only had an afternoon to spend in the park so we went by the short trails Kenny and I had gone on. I wanted to finally hike...
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Mount Brown Lookout Trail, Glacier NP
by xc_nomad on Oct 01, 2009
Lake McDonald, Montana, United States
Hiking | 10.3 miles
Beautiful and demanding hike to Mount Brown Lookout.
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A Hike to Beehive Basin
by joelwhite1017 on Jul 29, 2009
Big Sky Mountain Village, Montana, United States
Hiking | 6.3 miles
Rain greeted us at Beehive Basin, but the dreary weather could not hide the beauty of the flowers.
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Glacier National Park - Paradise Point and Aster Park
by ant on Jul 06, 2011
Kiowa, Montana, United States
Hiking | 3.9 miles
This is a popular short and easy hike at the Two Medicine area in Glacier National Park.
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Grinnel Glacier and Red Rock Falls, Glacier NP, MT, USA
by ysato_JAPAN on Aug 15, 2007
Glacier National Park, Montana, United States
Hiking | 21 miles
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Swiftcurrent Lake and Josephine Lake Trail
by kirt on Aug 07, 2008
Swiftcurrent, Montana, United States
Hiking | 3.2 miles
Nice little walk for the whole family. Great scenery and not too long for young boys.
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Gunsight Pass Trail, Glacier NP, MT, USA
by ysato_JAPAN on Aug 08, 2008
Siyeh Bend, Montana, United States
Hiking | 23 miles
Aug 8-10, 2008(3 days  2 nights)
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Glacier NP Highline Trail & Swiftcurrent Pass
by Madhatter1972 on Aug 18, 2011
Browning, Montana, United States
Hiking | 19.0 miles
This hike was actually 15 miles.  Not sure why GPS recorded 19.