Montana March 29, 2019
These 9 Stunning Montana Hikes Are Well Worth Working Up A Sweat
If you’re new to hiking, it’s best to start small and stick to
Montana’s shorter trails. But eventually, you’ll be ready for more of a challenge. The hikes on this list aren’t exactly easy, but when you take it the views, you’ll see they’re worth the trek.
1. Bridger Ridge Trail
The Bridger Ridge Trail is located in the Gallatin National Forest near Bozeman. At 18 miles in length (and quite a gain in elevation), it's only recommended for experienced hikers. But if you stay the course, you just might see some wildlife.
2. Highline Trail
One of Glacier National Park's most famous hikes is definitely one of the toughest. The trail runs from the Logan Pass Visitors Center to The Loop Trail Head along the Garden Wall, and if you manage to finish, you'll have logged over 28 miles.
3. Cedar Lakes Trail
Northwest Montana has some of the state's most picturesque hikes, and this one is no exception. At 13.5 miles in length, it's not exactly a breeze, but the gradual incline makes it a bit more bearable.
4. Pine Creek Lake Trail
Located near Livingston, this is one of the most visually rewarding trails in Montana. The 9-mile journey has switchbacks and steep elevation gains, but it also offers a crystal clear lake, a waterfall, summer wildflowers, and fall foliage.
5. Canyon Lake Trail
Not to be confused with the much easier Canyon Creek Trail, this Bitterroot National Forest hike near Hamilton is only recommended for experienced adventurers. The 8.4-mile journey begins with a slow descent, but at about 3 miles in, it turns into quite an uphill trek. You'll then descend to the visually stunning Canyon Lake shores.
6. Iceberg Lake Trail
At 9.3 miles in length, no one can claim this Glacier National Park trail is easy. You'll find the trailhead behind the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn in the Many Glacier section near Browning. Most of the trail passes through open terrain, so you'll have sweeping views all the way to the lake.
7. Hub Lake and Hazel Lake Trail
This invigorating 7.2-mile trail is located near De Borgia in the Lolo National Forest. You'll pass through giant old cedar forest, eventually reaching a steep overlook of the lakes. It's a beautiful hike, but note that there is usually snow at the top until late June.
8. Baldy Peak Summit
Baldy Peak Summit is located in the Gallatin National Forest. The 9.6-mile out-and-back trail gains 4,225 feet in elevation. But if you brave the climb, you'll be rewarded with amazing panoramic views and possible mountain goat sightings.
9. Hyalite Peak
This 16.2-mile hike offers amazing views, but you'll certainly have to earn them. The trail has a little bit of everything: Mountain climbs, switchbacks, wildflowers (in season), dense forest, waterfalls, streams, and a lake. The trailhead is located near Bozeman.
These trails are certainly beautiful, but they aren’t easy. If you’re short on time, try one of these
hikes under 5 miles.