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.

  • #1 West Fork Stillwater River Trail West Fork Stillwater Drainage

    6 Reviews

    Red Lodge, MT

    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 ...
    •  3 hours
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    The West Fork of the Stillwater River forms on the southeast slope of Lake Mountain above Lake Plateau at an elevation over ...

  • #2 Cascade Creek to Lava Lake

    8 Reviews

    Bozeman, MT

    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 ...
    •  3.5 hours
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    The hike to Lava Lake is a steep, uphill trail through a narrow, forested canyon of pine, spruce and fir trees. The 40-acre ...

  • #3 Beehive Basin

    8 Reviews

    Big Sky, MT

    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 ...
    •  3 hours
    •  4.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Beehive Basin sits in a bowl surrounded by mountains in the Spanish Peaks Primitive Area. At 9,200 feet, this top-of-the-world ...

  • #4 The Garden Wall

    6 Reviews

    West Glacier, MT

    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 w ...
    •  7.6 miles
    •  Guide

    A long day hike or extended backpack from Logan Pass. The Garden Wall section of the Highline Trail is one of the most popular ...

  • #5 Avalanche Lake Trail

    10 Reviews

    Glacier National Park, MT

    Avalanche Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Flathead County, Montana. It is within Glacier National Park. It is 2.5 miles long and begins at 3,449 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.0 ...
    •  2.5 miles

    Avalanche Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Flathead County, Montana. It is within Glacier National Park. It is 2.5 miles long ...

  • #6 Quinn's Hot Springs Resort

    2 Reviews

    Saint Regis, MT

    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 ...
    •  Guide

    A quiet family resort set in a grove of ponderosa pine trees on the banks of the Clark Fork River. Located about 200 yards ...

  • #7 Ousel Falls

    6 Reviews

    Big Sky, MT

    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 ...
    •  40 minutes
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    Ousel Falls is a stunning, powerful waterfall. The wide, awesome falls crashes down over the canyon walls to the narrow canyon ...

  • #8 Hyalite Lake

    6 Reviews

    Bozeman, MT

    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 ...
    •  1
    •  11 miles
    •  Guide

    A day hike or overnighter past cascading waterfalls, 11 of them no less, to the gorgeous subalpine Hyalite Basin. While walking ...

  • #9 Jerry Johnson Hot Springs (Idaho)

    3 Reviews

    Lolo, MT

    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 ...
    •  Guide

    A series of primitive hot springs pools scattered along the banks of a rushing creek in a valley of statuesque cedar trees. ...

  • #10 Upper Potosi Hot Springs

    2 Reviews

    Harrison, MT

    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 ...
    •  Guide

    Two primitive high-country hot springs pools with outstanding views of the surrounding Tobacco Root Mountains. This is one ...

  • #11 St. Mary Lake

    6 Reviews

    West Glacier, MT

    A backpack that follows the south shore of St. Mary Lake to Red Eagle Creek
    •  11.2 miles
    •  Guide

    A backpack that follows the south shore of St. Mary Lake to Red Eagle Creek

  • #12 St. Mary and Virginia Falls

    5 Reviews

    West Glacier, MT

    A half-day hike from Going-to-the-Sun Road
    •  1.2 miles
    •  Guide

    A half-day hike from Going-to-the-Sun Road

  • #13 Chico Hot Springs Lodge

    1 Reviews

    Livingston, MT

    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 ...
    •  Guide

    A romantic turn-of-the-century resort that combines Victorian refinement with easy-going Western hospitality. The hot springs ...

  • #14 Hidden Lake Trail

    8 Reviews

    Glacier National Park, MT

    Hidden Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Glacier County and Flathead County, Montana. It is within Glacier National Park. It is 2.3 miles long and begins at 6,399 feet altitude. Traveling the entire ...
    •  2.3 miles

    Hidden Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Glacier County and Flathead County, Montana. It is within Glacier National Park. It ...

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

    2 Reviews

    Saint Mary, MT

    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 ...
    •  48 miles
    •  Guide

    This spectacular 48-mile mountain drive switchbacks up and over the Continental Divide, following glacial river canyons and ...

  • #16 Pine Creek Falls

    3 Reviews

    Livingston, MT

    The trail to Pine Creek Falls is located in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. The trail follows Pine Creek upstream to the falls through a spruce, fir, aspen and maple forest. When the creek ...
    •  1 hour
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    The trail to Pine Creek Falls is located in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. The trail follows Pine Creek upstream to the ...

  • #17 Corral Creek Trail to Line Creek Plateau Main Fork of Rock Creek

    5 Reviews

    Red Lodge, MT

    The Corral Creek Trail climbs a narrow mountain drainage from Rock Creek Canyon, near Ratine Campground, to the 9,600-foot Line Creek Plateau. The beautiful but strenuous hike gains more than ...
    •  4 hours
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    The Corral Creek Trail climbs a narrow mountain drainage from Rock Creek Canyon, near Ratine Campground, to the 9,600-foot ...

  • #18 Piegan Pass

    4 Reviews

    West Glacier, MT

    A day hike from Siyeh Bend
    •  4.5 miles
    •  Guide

    A day hike from Siyeh Bend

  • #19 Boulder Creek

    6 Reviews

    Conner, MT

    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, ...
    •  11.0–12.0 hours
    •  19 miles
    •  Guide

    Boulder Creek is the southernmost of the major Bitterroot River tributaries originating in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. ...

  • #20 Dawson-Pitamakan

    4 Reviews

    West Glacier, MT

    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 ...
    •  6.7 miles
    •  Guide

    The Dawson-Pitamakan (pronounced pit-AH-muh-kun) Trail runs from Two Medicine Lake to the Continental Divide and around into ...