Montana

Looking for the best hiking in Montana? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Montana. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top Hiking Spots in and near Montana

  • Browning, Montana

    Ptarmigan Tunnel

    5.0
    10.68 mi / 2713 ft gain
    This amazing 11 mile hike with 2,300 feet of vertial gain begins behind the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn cabins. If you start early enough you can park by the trailhead, but if you get a little later start you may need to park in the main lot of the Motor Inn. As you begin your hike, you will pass the...
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  • Billings, Montana

    Explore The Rimrocks

    5.0
    The Rimrocks (also known as the "Rims") are geological rimrock sandstone formations that outcrop in Billings, Montana. Eighty million years ago the Billings metro area was the shore of the Western Interior Seaway, a sea that went from the present-day Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic North. Sediment a...
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  • Libby, Montana

    Hike to Kenelty Mountain Lookout

    10.1 mi / 3502 ft gain
    Starting from Kalispell, take Hwy 2 west towards Libby. Follow the highway for 62.5 miles until mile marker 57 and turn right in 0.3 miles on to a cut across road for 0.3 miles. Take a left on to Road 763 and follow this road for 3.4 miles and take a right on to an unnamed road for 1.8 miles and ...
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  • Glacier County, Montana

    Pitamakan Pass

    15.36 mi / 3064 ft gain
    This gripping, 16 mile round trail reveals adventure at every turn. Nestled behind Pray Lake in Glacier National Park, the Pitamakan Pass hike will begin at the North Shore Trailhead. To access this trailhead, a fifteen dollar fee may be payed to cross Pray Lake by boat. If your pocket book is ru...
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  • West Glacier, Montana

    Backpack to Lincoln Lake

    16.75 mi / 3747 ft gain
    It's a 1600 ft slow increase in elevation. You can walk around the loose rocks going around the lake for an additional 2 miles of hiking. There is a back-country campground at the base of the glacier-fed lake and an amazing waterfall at the opposite end of the of the campground. To camp overnig...
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  • Florence, Montana

    Backpack the Sweeney Creek Trail

    14 mi / 2600 ft gain
    The hike into Duffy Lake was approximately 7 miles with ~2600' gain. The first mile or two is fairly steep, then it will wiggle up and down the mountain until it drops down into the drainage to the lake. You can hike to Holloway Lake too if the trail isn't completely covered in snow. Late spring ...
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  • Glacier County, Montana

    Triple Divide Pass Trail to Red Eagle Lake

    29.22 mi / 5499 ft gain
    A couple of notes to keep in mind before you start... this is a loop that takes you to a different part of the park so you will either need two vehicles (one for the pickup spot and one to take you to the trailhead) or you will need to hitchhike back to you drop off vehicle. Also you will need to...
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  • Kalispell, Montana

    Backpack to Black Lake

    7 mi / 1500 ft gain
    Begin at Camp Misery (elev. 5,717 ft). This is a total misname by the way! It should be titled Camp On The Way To Awesomeness! Anyway, head .6 miles on Trail 8 to the intersection of trail. From here turn right on Trail 68 and hike .7 miles until the intersection where you turn right on Trail 7 f...
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  • Swiftcurrent, Montana

    Glacier's North Circle Route (North East Section)

    9.7 mi
    Planning & Preparations As amazing as this trek is, it's certainly not without its challenges, and the first one you will run into is obtaining a backcountry permit for camping.  As it absolutely should, backcountry camping is very regulated.  Essentially, you request permits and multiple da...
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  • Sun River, Montana

    Hike the First Peoples Buffalo Jump Loop

    5.0
    3 mi / 400 ft gain
    While the trail doesn't offer the typical scenery of a Montana hike, the views are spectacular. At the top of the jump, you're at one of the highest points of the basin, allowing you to take in the full magnitude of the surrounding mountains, which include the Big Belt, Little Belt and Highwood R...
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  • Anaconda, Montana

    Hike to Fourmile Basin Lakes

    Distance: 8 miles round-tripTime: 4 hoursDifficulty: Easy to ModerateTrailhead: 46.135170, -113.207803From MT-1, follow the signs for Trail 44 along Twin Lakes Creek Road until it ends. The trail begins at the end of the road.The area is largely second-growth forest, having been cut several times...
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  • West Glacier, Montana

    Hike to the Mt. Brown Lookout

    5.0
    The trail is accessible (though sometimes covered in snow) year-round because the trailhead lies in the lower elevation area of the park. It begins at the Sperry Trailhead, located directly across the street from the lake McDonald Lodge. Follow the Sperry Trail for 1.6 miles until you reach the M...
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  • Glacier County, Montana

    Hike to Two Medicine Pass

    7.9 mi / 2350 ft gain
    Starting at the South Shore trailhead on Two Medicine Lake (parking available), you'll follow the lake through alternating forest and meadows and eventually cross a small suspension bridge.  Afterwards the trail forks. Take the "Two Medicine Pass" trail on the left rather than the Twin Falls/Upp...
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  • Hamilton, Montana

    Hike to Mill Creek Falls

    4.5
    6 mi / 650 ft gain
    The trailhead is easily visible from the parking area and ascends into a narrow canyon surrounded by dense forest. Mill Creek is not much more than a trickle at the beginning, but slowly gets larger and follows the trail the entire hike. About a half mile in, cross the log bridge over Mill Creek....
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  • Livingston, Montana

    Summit Arrow Peak

    2.4 mi / 3600 ft gain
    Starting in Livingston, MT, take Hwy 89 for 16 miles and take a left on Mill Creek Road. A junction with Road 540 will be reached. At this junction, continue on Mill Creek Road for another 8 miles until a large rock gully on the left is present and a wooden fence is on the right. The route is not...
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  • Ousel Falls Road, Montana

    Short Hike to Ousel Falls

    5.0
    1.6 mi / 250 ft gain
    The trailhead is easy to find, and has a vault toilet and a decently sized parking lot. The trail leaves from right next to the toilets, and is very easy to follow. Follow a couple easy switchbacks down the hillside, cross the memorial bridge and stop to take in the beautiful scenery before follo...
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