Best Snowshoeing in Montana

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

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#1. MacDonald Pass


MacDonald Pass is one of a few places where a major winter road crosses the Continental Divide, offering easy access to ski trails. The Forest Service maintains a trail system just east of the pass in…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Montana"
Helena, MT - Snowshoeing - 10.2 miles
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#2. Fawn Pass, Yellowstone National Park


Fawn Pass begins in Montana and enters Wyoming after crossing several fingers of the Gallatin River. Skiers find narrow snow bridges or log bridges over these streams and may want to carry skis across…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Montana"
West Yellowstone, MT - Snowshoeing - 22 miles
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#3. Rattlesnake Recreation Area / Rattlesnake Wilderness / Patti Canyon


Rattlesnake is an intimidating name, but according to local U.S. Forest Service officials, no rattlesnakes shimmy along the route. The name, it seems, dates back to the early days of Missoula when som…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Montana"
Missoula, MT - Snowshoeing - 20 miles
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#4. Avalanche Lake / Going to the Sun Road


Romantic legend has it that Going to the Sun Mountain, and later the road, is named for a mystic Indian who ascended the 9,642-foot peak to join the sun in eternity. The road, 52 miles long, closes in…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Montana"
West Glacier, MT - Snowshoeing - 13 miles
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#5. Lolo Pass


Lolo Pass is in the Bitterroot Mountains, a mountain range 470 miles long. The peaks are 6,000 to 7,000 feet high, with thick, timbered habitat that is home to elk and other wildlife. Lolo Pass carrie…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Montana"
Lolo, MT - Snowshoeing - 3 miles
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#6. Red Lodge Area Trails


Red Lodge, named for the color of the Crow Indians’ tipis, sits at the base of the Beartooth Mountains. In the late 1800s, miners came by the hundreds to dig coal for the Northern Pacific Railroad. By…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Montana"
Red Lodge, MT - Snowshoeing
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#7. Blacktail Mountain


Blacktail’s trails offer fantastic views of the surrounding mountains, the Flathead Valley, and Flathead Lake. Often, when the Flathead Valley floor is under fog or clouds, Blacktail visitors ski or s…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Montana"
Lakeside, MT - Snowshoeing - 6 miles
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#8. Big Prairie and Bowman Lake


The tiny community of Polebridge is situated just outside the western boundary of Glacier National Park and is 22 miles on rough road from the Canadian border. The gravel road into Polebridge leads to…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Montana"
Columbia Falls, MT - Snowshoeing - 12 miles
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#9. Bohart Ranch and Bozeman Area Trails


Bohart Ranch sits in the historic and rugged Bridger Canyon below the Bridger Mountain Range. The Bridgers are named for mountain man Jim Bridger, who led wagons to Bozeman and nearby gold prospecting…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Montana"
Bozeman, MT - Snowshoeing
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#10. Jewel Basin


Jewel Basin is a 15,000-acre hiking area north of the Bob Marshall Wilderness. No motor vehicles are allowed in Jewel Basin, although snowmobilers utilize the access road and nearby snowmobile trails.…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Montana"
Bigfork, MT - Snowshoeing - 40 miles
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#11. Round Meadows


Although Round Meadows is only 13 miles from Whitefish, it presents a rural ski experience. It’s rare that skiers will encounter other ski parties on this trail system. Trails travel through meadows a…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Montana"
Whitefish, MT - Snowshoeing - 3.3 miles
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#12. B Bar Guest Ranch


B Bar Ranch is a working cattle operation on the edge of Yellowstone National Park in a scenic, high-mountain basin frequented by moose, bison, elk, wolves, lynx, eagles, and other wildlife. This turn…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Montana"
Emigrant, MT - Snowshoeing
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#13. Big Hole Battlefield


The National Park Service reminds visitors that the Nez Perce consider this a sacred place. Winter is considered a time for the people of the doomed encampment to sleep. Self-guided snowshoe and ski t…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Montana"
Wisdom, MT - Snowshoeing - 10.5 miles
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#14. Cooke City / Kersey Lake / Rock Island Lake


The ski trail to Kersey Lake and then to Rock Island Lake presents picturesque backdrops, a gentle backcountry experience, and the opportunity to ski into the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, north and…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Montana"
Cooke City, MT - Snowshoeing - 10 miles
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#15. Autumn Creek


The trail begins at the historic Marias Pass, the route through the mountains for which the Lewis and Clark Expedition searched unsuccessfully. The 5,200-foot pass is one of the lowest routes over the…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Montana"
West Glacier, MT - Snowshoeing - 6 miles
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#16. Specimen Creek Trail, Yellowstone National Park


Specimen Creek to Shelf Lake is a popular ski route. Most winter visitors track out and back in a day rather than winter camp. Climbing skins and avalanche gear are necessary for some steep sections 7…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Montana"
West Yellowstone, MT - Snowshoeing - 16 miles
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#17. Essex Trail Complex, Izaak Walton Inn


The Essex Ski Trail system is a combination of roads and trails over gentle grades and open slopes. Different vantage points offer views into both Glacier National Park and the Great Bear Wilderness.…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Montana"
East Glacier, MT - Snowshoeing
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#18. Alice Creek Ranch


Alice Creek Ranch is a working cattle operation and guest ranch high in the Rocky Mountains. The superbly groomed trails roll along some of the 3,000 ranch acres at the edge of the Scapegoat Wildernes…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Montana"
Lincoln, MT - Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing
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#19. Upper Madison Valley Trail, Yellowstone National Park


The Upper Madison Valley Trail, although easily accessible, sees few winter visitors. The trail rewards skiers with views into three states and four mountain ranges, and travelers here may see herds o…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Montana"
West Yellowstone, MT - Snowshoeing - 14 miles
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#20. South Flower Creek Trails / Libby Area Trails


Mountainous northwest Montana is known for thick timber, remote mountains, large rivers, and few people. Many landmarks are named for the Kootenai Indians. Libby and nearby Troy grew from rough-and-tu…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Montana"
Libby, MT - Snowshoeing
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