Nature July 03, 2016
These 10 Trails In Montana Will Lead You To Unforgettable Places
Hiking is one of the greatest Montana pastimes because it allows us to get some fresh air and exercise while being treated to some gorgeous scenery. There are thousands upon thousands of places to hike in Montana, and some of them lead to some beautiful places. All 10 of these trails in Montana have something amazing waiting at the end.
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1. Hyalite Creek Trail
Hiking this trail will lead you to the beautiful Hyalite Lake, and you’ll see a couple of waterfalls along the way. The 5.5 mile trail is located near Bozeman.
2. Morrell Falls National Recreation Trail
What’s better than a beautiful hike at the base of the Swan Mountain Range? A beautiful hike that ends with a waterfall.
3. Grinnell Glacier Trailhead
Glacier National Park is one of the most gorgeous places on the planet, and this is certainly one of the most beautiful hikes in the park. The park trail takes you past lakes and hillsides with views of waterfalls and glaciers. At the end, you’ll be at Grinnell Lake, which is spectacular.
4. Cinnamon Lookout
This trailhead is a little tricky to find. Look for the Cinnamon Lodge in Gallatin Canyon south of Big Sky. Take the forest road opposite the Cinnamon Lodge for about half a mile and you’ll see it. The trail follows Cinnamon Creek for 2.5 miles to a junction, then goes up a ridge. Your reward for making it to the top? Stunning views in every direction.
5. Calypso Trail
Located near Terry, Calypso Trail is a 5.5 mile path that provides access to the Terry Badlands Wilderness Study Area. Not only are the badlands interesting to see, but hikers get an up close and personal view of some of the sandstone rocks. This trail is impassable when it’s wet.
6. The Mount Sentinel “M” Trail.
Most Montanans have heard of the “M” Trail, but until you experience it for yourself, you can’t fully appreciate how gorgeous the view of Missoula is from the top.
7. Apikuni Falls
Ready for a little challenge? This Glacier National Park trail is short, but it’s steep. Once you’re on top of the cliffs on Apikuni Mountain, you’ll see stunning views of Mount Gold, Grinnell Point, and Apikuni Falls.
8. Mystic Lake
The hike to reach Mystic Lake, which is the largest lake in the Beartooth Mountains, is a fairly easy three miles. When you arrive and come to the top of the peak, you’ll see the lake stretched beneath you, and the view is unforgettable.
9. Crater Ice Cave / Big Pryor Mountain Trail
This short, steep trail begins at Tie Flat near the north end of Crooked Creek Road about 40 miles south of Billings. You’ll end at the northeast corner of Big Pryor Mountain, which has some unbelievable views.
10. The Little North Fork Trail
This short, easy trail leads to the picturesque Lake Koocanusa. There's also a waterfall along the way.
Looking for a fun hike you can easily do in a day? Each of
these hikes is under 5 miles.