Nature March 25, 2018
9 Low-Key Hikes In Montana With Amazing Payoffs
Not all of us are able to scale mountains and fight switchbacks in the name of a good hike, nor do we want to. Luckily, there are plenty of more low-key trails that have all the same features of our lengthier hikes: great views and stunning scenery, for example. Hike these trails and you’ll see what we mean.
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1. Redrock Falls Trail, Glacier National Park
This gorgeous 3.5 mile hike has a little bit of everything: Wildlife (take your bear spray), lush, green forest, and a waterfall. It's not too strenuous, but it does stay snowy well into late spring here, so make this a summer hike if you'd rather avoid it.
2. Sacagawea Peak, near Bozeman
This trail is just under 4 miles in length. It does have some steep inclines and switchbacks, so you may want to take it easy if you're a beginner -- but the views of the Bridger Range and Bozeman make it all worth it.
3. Triple Tree Trail, Gallatin National Forest
This trail is clean, well-marked and easy to follow. And at about 4.3 miles in length, it's a fairly easy day hike. But it's during wildflower season that this hiking spot really comes alive.
4. Cap Rock Trail, Makoshika State Park
Anyone who visit our beautiful badlands can hike this easy 2.5 mile trail, which is a geologist's dream come true.
5. Running Eagle Falls Trail , Glacier National Park
Glacier's waterfall hikes are gorgeous, and this one happens to be short, too -- it's just 0.6 miles from the beginning until you'll reach the falls.
6. Swan River Trail, Bigfork
What could be better than a nice walk along the river in the heart of Bigfork? This 2.5 mile trail is fun, easy and rewarding.
7. Swiftcurrent Nature Trail, Glacier National Park
This 3.5 mile loop takes you all the way around one of Glacier's most stunning lakes, so you'll view scenery like this the entire time. Plus, the trail is easy and totally family-friendly.
8. Four Dances Recreation Area, Billings
Everyone knows the best views of Billings are from the Four Dances trail. What you may not know is that the trail is only 2.6 miles in length and fairly easy to navigate.
9. Danny on Memorial National Recreation Trail, Whitefish
At almost 7 miles in length, this is definitely the longest trek on this list, therefore, it's the most challenging. But between the wildflowers and the breathtaking views, it's well worth attempting.
Do you have a favorite Montana hike? We’re big fans of anything that makes us
forget we’re exercising.