Hiking Montana  by Bill Schneider & Russ Schneider

Hiking Montana Guide Book

by Bill Schneider & Russ Schneider (Falcon Guides)
Hiking Montana  by Bill Schneider & Russ Schneider
Hiking Montana off ers 110 of the best hikes in Big Sky Country, from pleasant family outings to backcountry adventures.  is is the classic guide to Montana hiking, now completely fi eld-checked and updated. For more than thirty-fi ve years, FalconGuides have set the standard for outdoor guidebooks. Written by top experts, each guide invites you to experience the adventure and beauty of the outdoors.

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Trails from the "Hiking Montana" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 139.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 139.

A base camp backpacking adventure to the stark beauty of this high plateau area and a wide diversity of potential side trips. This trailhead is slightly harder to locate than most others in the Beartooths, but that hasn’t lessened its popularity.The area has lots to offer, and it receives heavy use both by locals and by those who travel from afar for a chance to experience this spectacular wild area. Even in the 2 miles of gravel road to the trailhead, the contrast between this area and the pristine wilderness is clearly evident.
Billings, MT - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 11.4
A remote lake filled with small, native cutthroat trout, secluded camping opportunities, and excellent views of Kintla-area peaks. The North Fork of the Flathead River forms the western boundary of Glacier National Park. Inside the park several lakes drain into the river, with Akokala being one of the smallest. This hike extends through typical North Fork country, with lodgepole pine forests and rolling ridges, but without the snowcapped crags found elsewhere in the park.
Missoula, MT - Hiking - Trail Length: 11.6
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A short but steep climb to 10,247-foot Antone Peak. The trailhead has a parking lot and rest rooms but no water. Rough Creek Trail 670 starts across the field from the Antone Guard Station parking lot. After leaving the guard station, Rough Creek Trail 670 traverses the right side of the ridge, passing through open sagebrush meadows and limber pine, aspen, and fir forest.The trail is well maintained and popular with horse packers and hunters. After what feels like a long mile, you reach 8,600-foot Antone Pass.
Butte, MT - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
A day hike or overnighter (which could be stretched into a two-night backpack) to several mountain lakes with fish, alpine ridge walks, and a side trip up to Baree Peak. If you don’t like to retrace your steps and you dislike the difficult two-car logistics that most one-way hikes involve, you should like this hike.The trailheads to the two lakes are only a mile apart, and the lakes are connected by a trail along the top of the Cabinet Divide.
Missoula, MT - Hiking - Trail Length: 10
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This is a long day hike or overnighter into the heart of the Gates of the Mountains Wilderness. The 28,560-acre Gates of the Mountains Wilderness has open parks, deep canyons, and craggy peaks, but no lakes. More than compensating for this void, however, is the area’s rich history. From the Refrigerator Canyon Trailhead Trail 259 gradually climb about a quarter of a mile to Refrigerator Canyon. Even on the hottest summer day, it is cool in this extremely steep, narrow canyon.
Helena, MT - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 16.6
Gates of the Mountains Wilderness and historic points along the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The 28,560-acre Gates of the Mountains Wilderness has open parks, deep canyons, and craggy peaks, but no lakes. More than compensating for this void, however, is the area’s rich history.
York, MT - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 14.9
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This is a long but fairly easy day trip or overnighter along a well-known river with nationally famous trout fishing and a good chance of seeing a rattlesnake. If you’re an angler, you’ve undoubtedly heard of the Madison River, one of the most highly acclaimed fly-fishing streams in the United States. However, you probably have not heard of a special hiking trail developed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) along the Madison River in rugged Bear Trap Canyon. If you fancy large trout, this is a 9-mile slice of heaven, but this is for fly casters who are willing to walk. Motorized vehicles, mountain bikes, and horses aren’t allowed on this trail.
Butte, MT - Hiking - Trail Length: 18
A nice, but difficult, loop through an eastern Montana island range with an ice cave and unrestricted views as far as you can see, all the way from the Missouri River Breaks to the Beartooth Plateau
Billings, MT - Hiking - Trail Length: 12.3
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The Black Canyon of the Yellowstone is one of the classic backpacking trips of the northern Rockies. It seems to offer everything a hiker might want. It’s downhill all the way on an excellent trail with a wide choice of 4-star or 5-star campsites. Wildlife is abundant, the fishing is fantastic, and the scenery rivals almost any other hike in the park.
Bozeman, MT - Hiking - Trail Length: 13
A fairly easy trek through spectacular scenery with famed rock climbing; anything from a short day hike to a weeklong backpacking adventure
Missoula, MT - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 25
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A great day hike on a newly rebuilt trail with an incredible view and interpretive displays
Missoula, MT - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
New trail with interpretive stations. This trail was constructed after the dramatic Bitterroot fires of 2000. In addition to offering up the best possible view of fabulous Blodgett Canyon, it also gives you a good education on the dynamics of forest fires. The Forest Service has put up six interpretive stations keyed to a free brochure you can pick up at the trailhead. The brochure tells about the different types of forest fires, the impacts on plants and wildlife, and how people can help reduce the impact of fires. Along the trail you can clearly see how nature is reclaiming the landscape after the fire came through. The Blodgett Canyon Overlook trail gradually switchbacks up from the Canyon Lake Trailhead to the ridge overlooking Blodgett Canyon, the next valley to the north.
Missoula, MT - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
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A long loop backpack through remote wilderness meadows, mountains, and wild country seldom seen
Missoula, MT - Hiking - Trail Length: 36
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 point in the Crazy Mountains at 11,214 feet. Climbers use the lakes as base camps for an ascent of this magnificent mountain or to fish in the lakes or just relax for a few days. On weekends this area gets heavy use, but if you go during the week, you might have it to yourself.
Big Timber, MT - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 8
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A moderate overnighter to a heavily used alpine lake basin below mighty Crazy Peak in the Crazy Mountains
Billings, MT - Hiking - Trail Length: 8
A day hike or overnighter into the West Pioneers and one of the few lakes still supporting the rare southern grayling
Butte, MT - Hiking - Trail Length: 9
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A day hike or overnighter into easily accessible subalpine country in the Bitterroot Range
Missoula, MT - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.6
A day hike or overnighter to a basin with three lakes and views of the Missouri River Valley. These high mountain lakes offer scenery, solitude, and the simple joy of a good hike. As a bonus, you might be the only hikers on this trail. For wildflower lovers, the entire route puts on a good show-lots of lupine, arnica, paintbrush, and larkspur, but also lots of more rare flowers like mountain health, princess pine, mountain bluebells, and trapper's tea.
Helena, MT - Hiking - Trail Length: 12
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A day hike or overnighter into a high mountain lake in a lightly used section of the Rattlesnake Wilderness. In 1980, Congress established the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area and Wilderness to provide a place where water, wilderness, wildlife, and recreational and educational values are preserved. Boulder Lake offers all. This hike presents a stark contrast between land preserved as wilderness and land open to timber cutting. All along the 16-mile gravel road to the trailhead and along the first 1.5 miles of the hike, you go through an endless ocean of clear-cuts before escaping into the solitude of the Rattlesnake Wilderness.
Missoula, MT - Hiking - Trail Length: 10
A day hike or overnighter into a lush lake basin. You used to be able to drive 1.5 miles up FR 7229 to the trailhead, but in recent years this section has been closed to vehicles to protect grizzly bear habitat. It is about 13.5 miles from FR92 to Boulder Lakes Trailhead. If you want to see a subalpine lake without vehicle access, this may be the easiest hike you could take. It’s only 1.5 miles to the Lower Boulder Lake along a slight incline—about 440 feet of elevation gain. The trail is well maintained, and it stays in the woods most of the way. At 2.6 miles, just before the lake, the trail forks.
Missoula, MT - Hiking - Trail Length: 10.6
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