Best Backpacking in Montana

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

  • #1 The Beaten Path (Backpacking)

    3 Reviews

    Roscoe, MT

    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 ...
    •  About 4 days
    •  26 miles
    •  Guide

    The most popular trans-Beartooth route. Many people who know the Beartooths say the East Rosebud is the most scenic valley ...

  • #2 Fifty Mountain (Backpacking)

    2 Reviews

    Columbia Falls, MT

    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 ...
    •  4 to 5 days
    •  30.5 miles
    •  Guide

    A long trek through the alpine heart of Glacier National Park. The first 3 miles of the trail go along the Garden Wall directly ...

  • #3 Three Passes in Glacier (Backpacking)

    1 Reviews

    East Glacier, MT

    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 ...
    •  3 days
    •  18.8 miles
    •  Guide

    A fairly short backpacking trip through outstanding mountain scenery, mostly above timberline. The name Two Medicine comes ...

  • #4 The Jewel Basin Complex

    3 Reviews

    Bigfork, MT

    The Jewel Basin Hiking Area is widely known for its numerous small lakes set among charming alpine meadows and miniature fir forests. The trailhead is at 5,760 feet elevation, providing one of ...
    •  Day hike or backpack
    •  Guide

    The Jewel Basin Hiking Area is widely known for its numerous small lakes set among charming alpine meadows and miniature ...

  • #5 Boulder Pass (Backpacking)

    1 Reviews

    Columbia Falls, MT

    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 ...
    •  4 to 5 days
    •  30.6 miles
    •  Guide

    A long, scenic shuttle starting in Canada and ending in the United States. Boulder Pass is a truly classic trip and has achieved ...

  • #6 Jewel Basin (Backpacking)

    2 Reviews

    Bigfork, MT

    An easy trip into a popular hiking area in the Swan range in the northwestern corner of the Bob Marshall Wilderness. The Jewel Basin isn’t a designated wilderness, but the Forest Service manages ...
    •  Up to several days (mileage does not include side trips)
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    An easy trip into a popular hiking area in the Swan range in the northwestern corner of the Bob Marshall Wilderness. The ...

  • #7 Sundance Pass (Backpacking)

    1 Reviews

    Red Lodge, MT

    A fairly rugged, two- or three-day hike for experienced hikers. This well-maintained and heavily used trail is not only one of the most scenic in the Beartooths, but it’s only a short drive from ...
    •  2 or 3 days
    •  21 miles
    •  Guide

    A fairly rugged, two- or three-day hike for experienced hikers. This well-maintained and heavily used trail is not only one ...

  • #8 Lake Plateau (Backpacking)

    2 Reviews

    Big Timber, MT

    A week-long backpacking vacation into a popular hiking area with a myriad of side trip opportunities. Nicely suited to backpackers who like to set up a base camp. Most locals consider the Boulder ...
    •  5 days or more
    •  34.3 miles
    •  Guide

    A week-long backpacking vacation into a popular hiking area with a myriad of side trip opportunities. Nicely suited to backpackers ...

  • #9 Rock Lake

    2 Reviews

    Noxon, MT

    Rock Lake offers a relatively easy access to a remote and scenic high alpine mountain lake just inside the border of the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness. Most of the trail is outside the wilderness ...
    •  5 to 6 hours or overnight
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    Rock Lake offers a relatively easy access to a remote and scenic high alpine mountain lake just inside the border of the ...

  • #10 St. Regis Lakes

    1 Reviews

    Saint Regis, MT

    High and easy access off Interstate 90 makes this a popular weekend trip to a scenic mountain lake area. The hike is easy, except for the fairly steep last 0.5 mile up to the main St. Regis Lake. ...
    •  2 to 4 hours or overnight
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    High and easy access off Interstate 90 makes this a popular weekend trip to a scenic mountain lake area. The hike is easy, ...

  • #11 Crazy Mountains Crossing

    1 Reviews

    Big Timber, MT

    Rugged mountain scenery along a transmountain range route. The Crazy Mountains stand majestically above the plains near Livingston and Big Timber. Severe glacial scouring has produced the enchanting ...
    •  Backpack
    •  23 miles
    •  Guide

    Rugged mountain scenery along a transmountain range route. The Crazy Mountains stand majestically above the plains near Livingston ...

  • #12 Granite Lake

    2 Reviews

    Libby, MT

    Granite Lake is but one of many “destinations” along this route. Just 2 miles up the trail, hikers can enjoy scenic Granite Falls. The trail winds through heavy timber of the Cabinet Mountains ...
    •  6 to 8 hours or overnight
    •  12 miles
    •  Guide

    Granite Lake is but one of many “destinations” along this route. Just 2 miles up the trail, hikers can enjoy scenic Granite ...

  • #13 Blue Lake

    1 Reviews

    Big Timber, MT

    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 ...
    •  Day hike or overnight
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    A fairly accessible alpine lake basin below Crazy Peak in the Crazy Mountains. Blue Lake and four other beautiful lakes are ...

  • #14 Hilgard Basin (Backpacking)

    1 Reviews

    Ennis, MT

    A popular trip into the southern Madison Range. Of all the Madison Range’s natural wonders, the Hilgard Basin is one of the most beautiful and popular. This could be an overnighter or even ...
    •  Up to several days (mileage does not include side trips)
    •  16 miles
    •  Guide

    A popular trip into the southern Madison Range. Of all the Madison Range’s natural wonders, the Hilgard Basin is one of the ...

  • #15 Leigh Lake

    1 Reviews

    Libby, MT

    It’s almost sinful that such a stunning area is so easy to reach. Leigh Lake is a spectacular alpine area accessible to virtually anyone who can negotiate a 20 percent uphill grade for nearly ...
    •  3 hours or overnight
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    It’s almost sinful that such a stunning area is so easy to reach. Leigh Lake is a spectacular alpine area accessible to virtually ...

  • #16 Sky Lakes & Hanging Valley

    1 Reviews

    Libby, MT

    A pair of pretty mountain lakes at the base of an unnamed 7,700-foot peak near Sugarloaf Mountain attracts more than a thousand visitors a year to this part of the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness. ...
    •  8 hours or overnight
    •  13 miles
    •  Guide

    A pair of pretty mountain lakes at the base of an unnamed 7,700-foot peak near Sugarloaf Mountain attracts more than a thousand ...

  • #17 The Chinese Wall

    0 Reviews

    Augusta, MT

    The Chinese Wall is easily the best-known and most popular destination for travelers in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. This thousand-foot-high scarp of limestone stretches unbroken for a dozen ...
    •  Extended backcountry route
    •  16.9 miles
    •  Guide

    The Chinese Wall is easily the best-known and most popular destination for travelers in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. This ...

  • #18 Gordon Pass - Koessler Lake

    1 Reviews

    Swan Lake, MT

    Gordon Pass is one of the easiest routes over the Swan Range and into the wilderness beyond. The pass itself also has outstanding scenic value, and leads to several lakes that provide excellent ...
    •  Backpack
    •  15 miles
    •  Guide

    Gordon Pass is one of the easiest routes over the Swan Range and into the wilderness beyond. The pass itself also has outstanding ...

  • #19 Crescent Lake

    1 Reviews

    Seeley Lake, MT

    A forested lake basin in the Mission Mountains Wilderness. This is a heavily used area, so be sure to check the information board at the trailhead to review current regulations. For example, ...
    •  Day hike or overnighter
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    A forested lake basin in the Mission Mountains Wilderness. This is a heavily used area, so be sure to check the information ...

  • #20 Cedar Lakes & Scenery Mountain

    1 Reviews

    Libby, MT

    Hikers who don’t mind the likelihood of skipping over a few horse muffins consider this one of the prettiest hikes in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness. Cedar Lakes are nestled in the midst ...
    •  5 to 7 hours or overnight
    •  11 miles
    •  Guide

    Hikers who don’t mind the likelihood of skipping over a few horse muffins consider this one of the prettiest hikes in the ...