Montana January 04, 2017
9 Magnificent Trails You Have To Hike In Montana Before You Die
Winter is a magical time in Montana, but it can cause some serious cabin fever, especially if you don’t have the means (or desire) to enjoy any snow sports. But spring will be here before you know it, and our beautiful hiking trails will be awaiting you. If you’re already dreaming of fresh air and picturesque treks, put these 9 spots on your bucket list.
1. Palisade Falls Trail
This relaxing one mile hike is located near Bozeman, and it's full of beautiful scenery. Palisade Falls is a great place to bring the family or anyone who is a beginner.
2. Sypes Canyon Trail
The Sypes Canyon Trail is in the Gallatin National Forest, and you'll see everything from valleys and ridges to the city of Bozeman on the 6.2 mile trek.
3. Mystic Lake Trail
This 5.7 mile moderately challenging trail is, without a doubt, one of the most visually stunning hikes in Montana. You'll find it in the Custer National Forest near the tiny towns of Roscoe and Fishtail.
4. New World Gulch Trail
This trail is located southeast of Bozeman, branching off of Bear Canyon along the east slope of Mount Ellis. It's a lengthy trail, just over 10 miles in entirety, but it's considered an easy hike good for all skill levels.
5. Kim Williams Nature Trail
You'll see Missoula at its best on this 9.8 mile trail, which features everything from forest and waterfalls to city views and wild flowers. This is where the locals go for a good long run or a relaxing walk.
6. Grinnell Glacier Trail
Glacier National Park's most famous hike is a must for any Montanan. It's 9.8 miles out and back, but you can always just hike part of it if the length is daunting.
7. Beehive Basin Trail #40
The Big Sky area is a hiker's paradise, and the Beehive Basin Trail is a moderately challenging 7 mile hike best taken by slightly more experienced hikers. Should you attempt it, you'll be treated to wildflowers, glacial lakes and gorgeous views.
8. Lava Lake Trail
The Lava Lake (also called Cascade Creek) Trail is a 6 mile out and back trail that climbs 1600 feet to a beautiful lake setting that is surrounded by the Spanish Peaks. It's located about 30 minutes south of Bozeman, and it's incredible.
9. St. Mary and Virginia Falls Trail
You'll find this gorgeous 3 mile trail in the East Glacier Park area, and it's an easy hike with some scenic rewards.
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