Montana June 20, 2018
7 Scenic Montana Hiking Trails That Are Unbelievably Underrated
If you’ve lived in Montana for a while and enjoy hiking (or you just love nature), you’ve probably heard of our more famous trails, like
The Highline. And while those hikes are popular for a reason (they’re amazing), you’ll also find all kinds of hidden gems all over the state that happen to be highly underrated. These are a few of them.
1. Drinking Horse Mountain
Located near Bozeman, this 3-mile loop takes you to the top of a 5,522-foot summit, where the most breathtaking views of Bridger Canyon and the Gallatin Valley await you. The hike is mostly shaded, so it's perfect for a hot summer day.
2. Waterworks Hill
This quiet, relaxing 2-mile trail makes for an easy nature walk through the outskirts of Missoula. Perfect for all skill levels, it's great for a beginner or an experienced hiker who just wants to slow down and enjoy the beauty of nature.
3. Phipps Park Trail
The next time you're in the Billings area, check out the scenic 2.5 mile trail at Phipps Park. You'll enjoy a brisk, challenging (but not too challenging) climb, then you'll be treated to amazing views of Billings from the top of the incline.
4. Ousel Falls Trail
The gorgeous Ousel Falls Trail is located near Big Sky. And even though plenty of Montanans know and love it, somehow it doesn't seem to get as much attention as some of the other trails in the area. And at just 1.6 miles in length, it's an easy and family-friendly day hike.
5. Emerald Lake Trail
At about 9 miles long, this Bozeman area trail is definitely the longest on this list. But considering every mile is beautiful and you'll see lakes, wildflowers and a 60-foot waterfall along the way. it's worth the effort.
6. Red Lion Trail
The Whitefish area is a nature lover's paradise, and this 2.6 mile trail is a great way to immerse yourself in it. The Skyles Lake overlook offers unique sweeping views of the area.
7. Clements Mountain Trail
There are so many amazing trail at Glacier National Park, it's easy for some of them to slip through the cracks, so to speak. This nice, steady climb takes you 2 miles up and 2 miles back down, offering enough of an incline to give your legs a real workout. Plus, the views at the top are almost surreal.
These hiking trails are beautiful, and they’re all relatively easy to complete. If you’re looking for a more challenging trek, try
one of these trails.