Montana Hiking, Nature May 22, 2017
9 Montana Hiking Trails So Beautiful You’ll Forget You’re Exercising
The best kind of workout is the kind that doesn’t feel like exercising at all. And here in the Treasure State, we’re lucky enough to have some hiking trails that are so beautiful, you’ll simply feel like you’re enjoying nature rather than working up a sweat. In reality, you’ll be doing both.
1. Beehive Basin Trail, Big Sky
This gorgeous 7 mile hike is full of the mountains, meadows and lakes that make life in Montana so amazing.
2. Redrock Falls, Glacier National Park
Not only is this 3.5 mile trail stunning, it's a fairly easy trek to complete. In fact, you'll see so much beauty you may consider hiking it twice.
3. Jewel Basin Trail 717, Flathead National Forest
You'll find this 3.2 mile trail near Bigfork, and it's a great place to see wildlife and wildflowers. The trail does get narrow in some parts, but the overall hike isn't too harrowing.
4. Cedar Lakes Trail, Libby
Novice hikers, beware: This trail can be difficult, and it's 13 miles long in its entirety. But even if you only make it halfway in, you'll be rewarded with some of the most breathtaking views in the entire state.
5. Blue Lake, Gallatin National Forest
Located near the small community of Melville, this 7.5 mile trail sits nestled in a high basin in the shadow of Crazy Peak, the highest point in the Crazy Mountains. The climb can get steep, but the views (and the waterfall) are worth it.
6. Swiftcurrent Nature Trail, Glacier National Park
Swiftcurrent Lake is one of the most gorgeous places in Glacier National Park (which is really saying a lot). This 3.1 mile trail takes you around the lake, and if you don't forget you're exercising on the journey, you're probably not paying attention to the beauty around you.
7. Four Dances Trail, Billings
If you're wondering where to find the best views of Billings, this 2.6 mile trail is it. Take your camera on this trail - you'll need it.
8. Trout Creek Canyon, Helena
This 6 mile trail is often filled with wildflowers, and every bit of it is breathtaking. It's just challenging enough to give you a great workout, but it's also pretty enough to make you forget that's the reason you're out in the first place.
9. Blodgett Canyon Overlook Trail, Hamilton
This trail has all the makings of a perfect Montana hike: 1.4 miles in, 1.4 miles out, with a beautiful overlook at the top.
Hiking in Montana doesn’t have to be… well, a huge hike.
These beautiful trails are all under 5 miles long.