Explore the best trails in Montana with detailed reviews, photos, trail maps, and driving directions curated by hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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Run on packed snow before dark. Well packed with lots of stream crossings. 5.25 out and back. Keeps going winding along creek interesting contours good for running.

I'm from MT, so this would definitely be considered an easy trail (from Lodge to Lower Holland Falls), but folks from other states (or with minimal experience hiking) may find this trail more "moderate". Even so, the trail is well-travelled, so there's no guessing where it may lead. The last quarter-mile up to the falls does have a more steep incline and is quite rocky, so step lively! Bring a camera for some breathtaking views of and from the Falls.

It was super pretty in the snow. Not strenuous at all but a good quick hike!

on Benton Lake NWR

off road driving
2 days ago

Didn't hike just drove through. saw an owl and coyote.

scenic driving
5 days ago

One of best drives you will ever take, great views of Lake McDonald, breath taking views of park as you climb. This road can be used for hiking, and biking, just check in with the park to see what days to use.

off road driving
5 days ago

great place to ride snowmobile or UTV, dirt road runs along the West Side of Reservoir with plenty of spots for fishing or camping. Heavy use during the summer months.

Great place to start hiking, watch your trail markers, several trails cross over and run along side. Great views of the Lake and South Kalispell. Late spring has been the best time for me.

This place is unforgettable, when hiking in and around the giant cedars you'll think you stepped back in time. Very easy to hike, sometimes it can become busy but most of the times your alone in the cedars.

hiking
5 days ago

really nice day hike, easy trail anytime of the year. nice lookout in middle of hike.

Great hike, Ive been on this trail several times and enjoyed each time. This trail has a lot of switchbacks and steep sections. Hiking up to the top and seeing the lake is well worth the hike. Watch out for the bears along this trail ...

Definitely a great hike moderate to difficult in spots. Walking sticks help. Beautiful. More traffic than I expected.

Still nice for a casual hike even in the early winter.

beautiful but definitely a climb

hiking
7 days ago

long trail moderate to hard. worth it at the end, straight up as you come up from the falls. Explore above the falls and up to the old mine and swim...

hiking
8 days ago

Pros: Excellent views of Bozeman and valley, the "M", interesting rock spines, plenty of parking.
Cons: Steep grades, loose sand, confusing trail due to lack of blazes and numerous summit possibilities.
Recommendations: Trekking poles

Pros: Easy to moderate grades, family friendly, loop trail, nice views of Bozeman and Bridger Canyon.
Cons: None
Recommendations: Trekking poles, plenty of water

Pros: Dazzling vistas, wildlife (moose, bear, ground squirrels, birds), Iceberg Lake, waterfalls, wildflowers
Cons: Busy trail
Recommendation: Trekking poles, bear spray or bear bell

hiking
8 days ago

Pros: Pioneer Falls and Creek, beautiful scenery through Flying D Ranch access road, moderate grades
Cons: Heavily used horse trail, horse droppings

Pros: Fragrant Fraser forests, lots of beautiful waterfalls, high mountain walls, fast flowing creeks, wildflowers, meadows, easy to moderate grades (but steeper further along)
Cons: Watch for horse droppings, limited parking, changing weather (rain)
Recommendstions: Trekking poles, bear spray, rain gear

hiking
8 days ago

Pros: Spectacular views from lower saddle to top, small summer glaciers, fragrant Fraser forests, views of Crazy Mountains, Tobacco Root Mountains, and Gallatin Range in distance on clear days.
Cons: Lots of switchbacks, some confusing below the pass, no water above Fairy Lake, windy from the pass upwards.
Recommendations: Trekking poles, extra water, windbreaker, baselayers.