Hikes in Montana
Big Sky Country is great trail country. If you like hiking and you’re in Montana, you’re in luck! Montana’s sylvan wilderness and epic mountain landscapes are overwhelmingly alluring. Glacier National Park is the state’s main outdoor attraction, defined by jagged peaks, majestic glaciers, turquoise lakes, and pine forests. The park preserves the northernmost section of the Continental Divide in the United States of America, and is one of the most scenic places to hike in the country. A sliver of Yellowstone National Park also resides in Montana, adding to the state’s outdoor offerings.
This collection of trails in Montana lists hikes roughly from north to south. The table may also be sorted alphabetically or by distance to help you pick your next hike in Montana. A search feature can be used to quickly isolate the hike you are looking for. Each trail links to its own report complete with photos, maps, directions, and all the other information needed to locate and enjoy these hikes. An interactive map showing the location of each hike is also provided.
|Grinnell Lake Trail in Glacier National Park
This long but level partial loop passes a triplet of beautiful turquoise glacier-fed lakes in the Many Glacier region of the park.
100 - 300 feet
|Highline Trail in Glacier National Park
This stunning trail along the Continental Divide offers many hiking options, like an amazing 13.5-mile through-hike that takes in the exceptional view from Glacier Overlook
|7 - 15.2 miles
|Garden Wall Trail to Glacier Overlook in Glacier National Park
This extension off Highline Trail climbs the Continental Divide to extraordinary views over Grinnell Glacier and a trio of subalpine lakes.
|Johns Lake Loop in Glacier National Park
This loop visits a small lake in a mossy fores and then follows McDonald Creek past McDonald Falls to return to the trailhead.
|Saint Mary Falls and Virginia Falls in Glacier National Park
This out and back hike visits two waterfalls in the forest above Saint Mary Lake on the east side of Glacier National Park.
|Pebble Creek Trail in Yellowstone National Park
This 12-mile long trail travels down a beautiful backcountry meadow between Montana and Wyoming, bringing through hikers to a second trailhead (shorter out and back hikes are also possible without a car shuttle).
|5 - 12 miles
|Boiling River in Yellowstone National Park
This out and back hike follows a riverbank to an only-in-Yellowstone hot springs where a stream of water cooked by nearby hydrothermal features mixes with the river.
Or explore hikes around Glacier National Park on the Hike Finder Map