Nature August 05, 2018
These 8 Stunning Montana Trails Have The Best Mountain Views
Considering Montana means “mountainous country,” it should come as no surprise that some of our finest trails are mountain hikes. And while you’ll find plenty of hikes with fantastic views, we happen to think these mountainous trails are especially stunning. Enjoy!
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1. Cottonwood Lake Trail
Located in the Gallatin National Forest, this 11-mile trek is no easy journey... but it offers unparalleled views of the Crazy Mountains. And if you can't get enough of the scenery, you can always camp by the lake.
2. Grinnell Glacier Trail
Glacier National Park is full of magnificent mountain hikes, but this one is ranked one of the top trails in the entire state. The 9.7-mile hike isn't easy, but if you're an experienced hiker, it's well worth it--every bit of it is beautiful.
3. Grotto Falls
While its true that the focal point of this 2.4-mile Bozeman area trail is the waterfall at the end, the mountain views along the way make the hike extra-special. Not only is this an incredibly scenic path, but it's a pleasant, family-friendly walk.
4. Drinking Horse Mountain Trail
Drinking Horse Mountain is the hill across from the popular M trail at the mouth of Bridger Canyon in Gallatin County. It's a nice, easy 2.4-mile journey that offers a great workout in a short amount of time... and you'll love the views of the Bridger Range and the Gallatin Valley.
5. Heart and Pearl Lakes Trail
Located in the Lolo National Forest near Superior, the Heart and Pearl Lakes trails combine to form one gorgeous 7-mile hike. You're even likely to see some mountain goats on the trail.
6. Avalanche Lake Trail
The hike to Avalanche Lake begins from the Trail of the Cedars Trailhead at Glacier National Park. The lake sits at the base of Bearhat Mountain, which towers over 4,800 feet above it.
7. Lone Mountain
The Lone Mountain Trail is definitely the most challenging on this list, so you should only attempt it if you're in experienced hiker (or in amazing shape). The 8-mile trail is located in Big Sky, and the views from the top are unreal.
8. Blodgett Canyon
The Bitterroot Range has an abundance of beautiful trails, and the 8.5-mile hike through Blodgett Canyon is one of them. You'll see a little bit of everything, from creeks to waterfalls and mountains looming in the background.
Do you have a list of your favorite Montana hikes?
These trails are ranked among the highest.