Montana March 19, 2018
9 Totally Kid-Friendly Hikes In Montana That Are 1 Mile And Under
Hiking Montana’s gorgeous trails is fun for the whole family, and it’s something we should be encouraging our young Montanans to do from an early age. However, little legs and short attention spans make some of our longer trails tough for them to handle. We’ve discovered a few short and sweet hikes in the Treasure State they’ll love.
1. Palisade Falls, Bozeman
This single mile trail has everything children and kids at heart love: Beautiful scenery, an easy trail, and of course, a breathtaking waterfall.
2. St. Mary and Virginia Falls Trail, Glacier National Park
This trail is over 2 miles in its entirety, but you won't have to go very far to see the first of the waterfalls. This is one of the easiest hikes in the park for families, and luckily it also happens to be one of the most beautiful.
3. Running Eagle Falls Trail, Glacier National Park
Another short-and-sweet trail at Glacier (only 0.6 miles to be exact) takes you to this stunner, You can never go wrong with a waterfall hike.
4. Diane Gabriel Trail, Makoshika State Park
Named after a paleontologist who did extensive research at Makoshika, the Diane Gabriel Trail is a very enjoyable 0.7 mile hike. You’ll see an excavation site where a fossilized Hadrosaur was found along with the beautiful grasslands.
5. Rat Lake Trail, Gallatin Gateway
This mile-long loop is popular both with locals and travelers on their way to Yellowstone National Park. You may want to take your fishing poles and make a day of it.
6. Pictograph Cave State Park Trail, Billings
Not only is this trail nice and short (just under a mile round trip), but it leads to a National Historic Landmark, so it's a great learning experience for kids.
7. Sourdough Creek Nature Trail, Bozeman
This nice, easy hike is located in such a peaceful setting, the mile-long walk will go by in no time.
8. Kootenai Falls Trail, near Troy
This breathtaking 0.9 mile trek will make an outdoors enthusiast out of any child. This no-hassle hike has an easy-to-find parking lot nearby, the trail is well-marked, and of course, there's a gorgeous waterfall at the end.
9. Trail of the Cedars, Glacier National Park
Are you hiking with little ones? Not only is this 0.9 mile trek a breeze, but the boardwalks make it totally kid-friendly as well.
Hiking in Montana is fun for everyone. Here’s
another great list of trails under 3 miles in length.