1. The Diane Gabriel Trail, Makoshika State Park
Makoshika State Park has several beautiful hiking trails, but the Diane Gabriel Trail is a nice, easy 1.5 mile loop that any beginner can enjoy, located a mile inside the park. The highlight of the trail is a climb up to a series of exposed Hadrosaur vertebrae fossils.
2. Cottonwood Creek, Crazy Mountains, Gallatin National Forest
You’ve got to love a hike that offers gorgeous mountain views right from the start. The trail follows Cottonwood Creek and ends at a great area for camping. You might even see a moose!
3. Bechler River Trail, Yellowstone National Park
You’ll need your backcountry permit to explore this area, and this one is best navigated by experienced hikers. That being said, the Bechler River Trail has everything people come to Yellowstone for… hot springs, wildlife, waterfalls and fishing.
4. Boulder Pass, Glacier National Park
Glacier is full of gorgeous hikes. Boulder Pass Trail is an especially great one, offering incredible views of the park you’ll remember for a lifetime.
5. Calypso Trail, Terry
For an unparalleled look at Montana’s badlands, erosion-covered sandstone and beautiful wildflowers, explore the Calypso Trail. You’ll have your choice of hiking, mountain biking or off-road driving, weather permitting.
6. Historic Lolo Trail at Howard Creek, Lolo National Forest
Lolo is full of places to explore on foot, and the Historic Lolo Trail at Howard Creek is a great place to hike with the family. You’ll find a picnic area, grills available for use and interpretive signs that explain the connection to the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the Nez Perce tribe.
7. Sulphur Springs Trail, Lewis and Clark National Forest
This half-day hike is just a 15 minute drive from Great Falls and offers the chance to explore Montana’s native prairie land. You’ll have a chance to see Sulphur Springs, which was used to help treat Sacagawea’s illness during the 1805 portage at Great Falls.
8. Therriault Lake Loop Trail, Kootenai National Forest
This full day hike (6 miles) is a perfect hike for viewing the Therriault Lakes and the Ten Lakes Scenic Area. There are plenty of campgrounds in the area as well, in case you’d like to stay a little longer.