Montana January 08, 2018
These 9 Hikes Prove Montana Is Absolutely Magical In The Winter
It may be the dead of winter, but that doesn’t mean Montana looks any less alive. In fact, our winter landscapes are breathtaking — and although the temperatures are low, we should all bundle up and get out and enjoy them. Although you may need snowshoes for a few of these trails, they all showcase the sheer beauty of our state during this season.
1. Beehive Basin
The Beehive Basin trail is located near Big Sky Mountain Village, and it's a 7 mile stretch of pure winter wonderland. It's a little challenging, but the scenery makes it worth it.
2. Lava Lake Trail
This incredibly gorgeous Gallatin Gateway trail is open all year, and for that, we are grateful. The 5.5 mile stretch looks absolutely magical dusted with snow, especially the lake itself.
3. Four Dances Recreation Area
Four Dances is where you go to see the best views of the Billings area, and the 2.6 mile hiking trail is the perfect way to see them.
4. Hyalite Creek Trail
Located in Gallatin County near Bozeman, this trail takes you on a 12 mile tour through some of Montana's most breathtaking scenery. This area does get a lot of snowfall, so come prepared.
5. Lolo Peak
The Lolo Peak Trail is located in the Bitterroot National Forest, just outside of Lolo. This 9 mile trail is not for beginners, but experienced cross country skiers will absolutely love it.
6. Big Creek Trail
Big Creek Trail (which you'll find near the town of Victor in the Bitterroot) is best known for its gorgeous fall colors. But this 6.6 mile stretch is also beautiful this time of year, and it's nice and easy to navigate.
7. Blacktail Mountain Trail
Snowshoers, rejoice: This 6 mile loop near Lakeside will become your new favorite trail. Much of it is uphill, so you'll get a great workout.
8. Summit Trail
This is an absolutely gorgeous trail for snowshoeing and cross country skiing, but it's also incredibly challenging, so you should skip it if you're a beginner. But if you're a pro, you'll love this 15 mile path near Whitefish.
9. Hidden Lake Trail
You'll find snow in this part of Glacier National Park for about half the year, and you may not be able to access the trail during the most treacherous parts of winter. But if you can, you'll find breathtaking views for the entire 5 mile journey.
We might have some
mixed feelings about winter here in Montana, but in the end, we appreciate all four seasons in the Treasure State.