Montana March 19, 2019
The 9 Must-Do Hikes To Add To Your Montana Bucket List This Spring
We all know spring weather arrives a little late here in Montana, but according to the calendar, it has officially arrived. When the snow does start to melt a bit later this season, these trails will help you stretch your legs and get reacquainted with the great outdoors.
1. Lava Lake Trail
Located in Gallatin National Forest near Gallatin Gateway, this beautiful lake trail will have plenty of wildflowers if you catch it at the right time. Some snow does tend to linger through April, but if you go in mid-May, you'll see lots of green.
2. Wraith Falls
If you're planning a trip to Yellowstone in May or June, you'll definitely want to explore this short and sweet trail near Gardiner. Not only is it only a mile round-trip, but it's full of boardwalks and bridges leading to a beautiful waterfall.
3. Trout Creek Canyon
This moderately challenging 6-mile hike is located near Helena, and for the best views, you'll want to look up. Most of the snow has usually cleared from the area by now, so it's a great pick for an April adventure.
4. Missoula's M Trail
The 1.2-mile M Trail is open all year long, but spring is a fantastic time to make the trek to take in the sweeping city views. It's a nice, short walk, so it's great for getting back into shape after the long winter.
5. Sypes Canyon
The Sypes Canyon Trail -- which you'll find near Bozeman in the Gallatin National Forest -- will definitely leave you breathless. The 6-mile hike is relatively aggressive in elevation and switchbacks, but the views of the Gallatin, Madison, and Tobacco Root ranges make it all worth it.
6. Heart and Pearl Lakes Trail
Heart and Pearl Lakes Trail sits nestled in the Lolo National Forest near the town of Superior. This 7-mile trail is best hiked in late spring when the snow has melted and the wildflowers are beginning to bloom.
7. Phipps Park Trail
If you live anywhere near Billings, check out this picturesque park this spring. The 2.5-mile trail is full of sweeping city views and unique rock formations.
8. Kim Williams Nature Trail
Missoula's Kim Williams Nature Trail is thawing out, and you'll want to take advantage of this beautiful 9-mile trail's spring scenery. Featuring everything from forest flowers, water views, and even a waterfall, it's the perfect place to get reacquainted with the great outdoors.
9. Livingston Peak Trail
End your spring with a hike on this extraordinary 3.9-mile trail, which sits just outside of Livingston in the Gallatin National Forest. From its sweeping views to its abundance of wildflowers, you'll be so impressed, you might forget you're exercising.
Hiking is one of the best ways to enjoy Montana’s rugged beauty. If you’re just getting started, try one of these
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