Best Trails of Montana

This list represents the most popular trails in Montana. Use this list to plan your next Montana outdoor trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. 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"
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#2. West Fork Stillwater River Trail West Fork Stillwater Drainage


The West Fork of the Stillwater River forms on the southeast slope of Lake Mountain above Lake Plateau at an elevation over 10,000 feet. The river flows 28 miles down the scenic canyon and empties int…
From the guidebook "Day Hikes in The Beartooth Mountains"
Red Lodge, MT - Hiking - 6 miles Best Trail in mt - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#3. Avalanche Lake


A half-day hike from Avalanche Creek trailhead to Avalanche Lake, 3.1 miles (4.4km) one way. The Avalanche Lake Trail is one of the most popular hikes in the park, due to its gentle grade and spectacu…
From the guidebook "Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks"
West Glacier, MT - Hiking - 3.1 miles Best Trail in mt - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#4. Cascade Creek to Lava Lake


The hike to Lava Lake is a steep, uphill trail through a narrow, forested canyon of pine, spruce and fir trees. The 40-acre forest-lined lake sits in a small valley surrounded by granite walls with th…
From the guidebook "Day Hikes around Bozeman, Montana"
Bozeman, MT - Hiking - 6 miles Best Trail in mt - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Day Hike Books

#5. Hidden Lake


This is a half-day hike from Logan Pass to Hidden Lake Overlook, 1.5 miles (3.5 km) one way; or from Logan Pass to Hidden Lake, 3.0 miles (5 km) one way. The trail to Hidden Lake provides one of the…
From the guidebook "Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks"
West Glacier, MT - Hiking - 1.5 miles Best Trail in mt - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#6. The Garden Wall


A long day hike or extended backpack from Logan Pass. The Garden Wall section of the Highline Trail is one of the most popular hikes in the park, owing to its spectacular vistas, excellent wildlife-vi…
From the guidebook "Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks"
West Glacier, MT - Hiking - 7.6 miles Best Trail in mt - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#7. Beehive Basin


Beehive Basin sits in a bowl surrounded by mountains in the Spanish Peaks Primitive Area. At 9,200 feet, this top-of-the-world hike takes you to alpine meadows covered with wildflowers, tall stands of…
From the guidebook "Day Hikes around Bozeman, Montana"
Big Sky, MT - Hiking - 4.5 miles Best Trail in mt - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Day Hike Books

#8. 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"
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#9. Ousel Falls


Ousel Falls is a stunning, powerful waterfall. The wide, awesome falls crashes down over the canyon walls to the narrow canyon floor. The mist created by the falls feeds the moss covering the rocks. T…
From the guidebook "Day Hikes around Bozeman, Montana"
Big Sky, MT - Hiking - 1 mile Best Trail in mt - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Day Hike Books

#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 - Hiking, Scenic Drives Best Trail in mt - Click to view allBestHiking, Scenic Drives Trail - Click to view allBestHiking, Scenic Drives Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#11. 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)
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#12. 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"
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#13. Siyeh Pass


A day hike from Siyeh Bend to Siyeh Pass…
From the guidebook "Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks"
West Glacier, MT - Hiking - 4.7 miles Best Trail in mt - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#14. Hyalite Lake


A day hike or overnighter past cascading waterfalls, 11 of them no less, to the gorgeous subalpine Hyalite Basin. While walking 5.5 miles south and 1,800 feet up on the well-maintained Trail 427, you…
From the guidebook "Hiking Montana"
Bozeman, MT - Hiking - 11 miles Best Trail in mt - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#15. 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)
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#16. Chico Hot Springs Lodge


A romantic turn-of-the-century resort that combines Victorian refinement with easy-going Western hospitality. The hot springs feed a large sheltered soaking pool and an adjacent outdoor swimming pool.…
From the guidebook "Touring Montana and Wyoming Hot Springs"
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#17. St. Mary and Virginia Falls


A half-day hike from Going-to-the-Sun Road…
From the guidebook "Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks"
West Glacier, MT - Hiking - 1.2 miles Best Trail in mt - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#18. Piegan Pass


A day hike from Siyeh Bend…
From the guidebook "Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks"
West Glacier, MT - Hiking - 4.5 miles Best Trail in mt - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#19. Dawson-Pitamakan


The Dawson-Pitamakan (pronounced pit-AH-muh-kun) Trail runs from Two Medicine Lake to the Continental Divide and around into the Dry Fork drainage to form a long loop. It offers spectacular views of t…
From the guidebook "Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks"
West Glacier, MT - Hiking - 6.7 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#20. Boulder Creek


Boulder Creek is the southernmost of the major Bitterroot River tributaries originating in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. Its beautiful lakes, colorful pocket meadows, tumbling waterfalls, and good…
From the guidebook "Hiking the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness"
Conner, MT - Hiking - 19 miles
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