Best Trails of Montana

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#1. Three Passes in Glacier (Backpacking)


A fairly short backpacking trip through outstanding mountain scenery, mostly above timberline. The name Two Medicine comes from the Blackfeet history that refers to two medicine lodges built in the ar…
From the guidebook "Best Backpacking Vacations in the Northern Rockies"
East Glacier, MT - Hiking - 18.8 miles    Best Trail in MT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#2. Boiling River


Yellowstone National Park’s most popular soaking area. A 6-foot-wide stream of hot water plunges over travertine rocks into a 50-yard-long band of thermal soaking pools along the Gardner River. The la…
From the guidebook "Touring Montana and Wyoming Hot Springs"
Gardiner, MT - Hot Springs Best Trail in MT - Click to view allBestHot Springs Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#3. Fifty Mountain (Backpacking)


A long trek through the alpine heart of Glacier National Park. The first 3 miles of the trail go along the Garden Wall directly above Going-to-the- Sun Highway. Some of this is on ledge, which can be…
From the guidebook "Best Backpacking Vacations in the Northern Rockies"
Columbia Falls, MT - Hiking - 30.5 miles    Best Trail in MT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#4. St. Mary Lake


A backpack that follows the south shore of St. Mary Lake to Red Eagle Creek…
From the guidebook "Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks"
West Glacier, MT - Hiking - 11.2 miles    Best Trail in MT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#5. Boulder Pass (Backpacking)


A long, scenic shuttle starting in Canada and ending in the United States. Boulder Pass is a truly classic trip and has achieved some widespread popularity because of it. The NPS limits use with the n…
From the guidebook "Best Backpacking Vacations in the Northern Rockies"
Columbia Falls, MT - Hiking - 30.6 miles    Best Trail in MT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#6. Beartooth Highway


A 60-mile route across alpine plateaus and past many alpine lakes, with spectacular mountain views. The Beartooth Highway is one of the most spectacular routes on this continent. Charles Kuralt, the t…
From the guidebook "National Forest Scenic Byways Rocky Mountains"
Cooke City, MT - Scenic Drives - 60 miles    Best Trail in MT - Click to view allBestScenic Drives Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#7. Nyack Loop (Backpacking)


A long backpacking expedition for experienced hikers into the most remote section of Glacier National Park. Many trails in Glacier Park are heavily used. Others receive surprisingly little use, althou…
From the guidebook "Best Backpacking Vacations in the Northern Rockies"
West Glacier, MT - Hiking - 37.3 miles    Best Trail in MT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#8. Upper Potosi Hot Springs


Two primitive high-country hot springs pools with outstanding views of the surrounding Tobacco Root Mountains. This is one of the few hot springs in Montana on public land. The two primitive soaking p…
From the guidebook "Touring Montana and Wyoming Hot Springs"
Harrison, MT - Hot Springs Best Trail in MT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#9. Haystack Butte


This section of the Highline Trail is one of the most popular hikes in the park, owing to its spectacular vistas, excellent wildlife viewing opportunities, and low level of difficulty. The trail follo…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Glacier & Waterton Lakes"
Saint Mary, MT - Hiking - 6.8 miles    Best Trail in MT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#10. Jerry Johnson Hot Springs (Idaho)


A series of primitive hot springs pools scattered along the banks of a rushing creek in a valley of statuesque cedar trees. Like neighboring Weir Creek Hot Springs, Jerry Johnson is not technically a…
From the guidebook "Touring Montana and Wyoming Hot Springs"
Lolo, MT - Hot Springs Best Trail in MT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#11. Grinnell Lake


This trail visits a glacier-fed lake at the base of a stunning waterfall. The lake is reached most easily by taking a tour boat across Swiftcurrent Lake and Lake Josephine. More adventurous hikers can…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Glacier & Waterton Lakes"
Babb, MT - Hiking - 6.8 miles    Best Trail in MT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#12. Boulder Pass


A backpack from Kintla Lake.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks"
West Glacier, MT - Hiking - 18.1 miles    Best Trail in MT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#13. Glacier National Park: Going-to-the-Sun Road (West Glacier to Saint Mary)


This spectacular 48-mile mountain drive switchbacks up and over the Continental Divide, following glacial river canyons and crossing an alpine mountain pass. Not only are there not enough words to des…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Montana"
Saint Mary, MT - Scenic Drives - 48 miles    Best Trail in MT - Click to view allBestScenic Drives Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#14. Quinn's Hot Springs Resort


A quiet family resort set in a grove of ponderosa pine trees on the banks of the Clark Fork River. Located about 200 yards above the Clark Fork River, the hot springs are 120 degrees F at their source…
From the guidebook "Touring Montana and Wyoming Hot Springs"
Saint Regis, MT - Hot Springs Best Trail in MT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#15. Kalispell Area Campgrounds


Glacier National Park offers mountain majesty beyond imagination. Along with the glaciers, for which the park is named, all the other amenities of mountain life are abundantly present. Grizzly bears a…
From the guidebook "Camping Montana"
Kalispell, MT - Campgrounds Best Trail in MT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#16. Bob Marshall Wilderness Fly-Fishing (Montana)


The Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex in northwestern Montana extends into four national forests—the Flathead, Lewis and Clark, Lolo, and Helena. The Bob Marshall Wilderness itself covers over a million…
From the guidebook "Fly-Fishing the Rocky Mountain Backcountry"
Augusta, MT - Fly-Fishing Best Trail in MT - Click to view allBestFly-Fishing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Stackpole Books

#17. Apikuni Falls


This short, steep trail leads up to the desolate cliffs of Apikuni Mountain to visit a long and slender waterfall. Hikers will get excellent mountain views throughout the trek. The hike begins on Apik…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Glacier & Waterton Lakes"
Babb, MT - Hiking - 2 miles    Best Trail in MT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#18. Dawson-Pitamakan


A day hike or backpack from Two Medicine Campground to Dawson Pass…
From the guidebook "Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks"
West Glacier, MT - Hiking - 6.7 miles    Best Trail in MT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#19. Blue Lake


A fairly accessible alpine lake basin below Crazy Peak in the Crazy Mountains. Blue Lake and four other beautiful lakes are nestled in a high basin in the shadow of mighty Crazy Peak, the highest poin…
From the guidebook "Hiking Montana"
Big Timber, MT - Hiking - 8 miles    Best Trail in MT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#20. The Beaten Path (Backpacking)


The most popular trans-Beartooth route. Many people who know the Beartooths say the East Rosebud is the most scenic valley of all. It’s filled with lakes and waterfalls that would be major tourism att…
From the guidebook "Best Backpacking Vacations in the Northern Rockies"
Roscoe, MT - Hiking - 26 miles   
Published by Falcon Publishing