Explore the most popular backpacking trails in Montana with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

backpacking
3 days ago

Hit up this trail on our first day heading into the BOB. Great eye opener for what was to come for a city slicker like myself. This trail whooped my butt but was a great time. Highly recommend it!

on Scenic Point

hiking
16 days ago

Stop it with this trail!! So good!! The views and landscape were unlike anything we had ever seen, really great views of the two medicine lakes and Rising Wolf. No goats, but had a few cute interactions with the chipmunks! It is a workout but well worth it. Also love how the views aren’t just at the top. There were really strong winds up at the summit area- could lean backward against it without falling over. Bring good protein (& bear spray)! We hope to get back to this trail again one day! Hiking in October is awesome! Weather is perfect for these types of trails and there were only one other group on the entire trail

19 days ago

Gotta be the most gorgeous day hike ever. So glad I did it when I was a bit younger and more in shape.

A very long day hike, but completely worth it. It's actually not too difficult, with relatively minimal elevation gain. The hike itself takes you through dense forest before following the creek up to Cracker Lake. Aside from the spectacular mountain range backdrop, what's really striking is the white-blue color of the lake's water.

Hiked this beautiful trail yesterday. The hike to the lake was mild with very minimal elevation changes. Not the most scenic trail, but the lake is well worth the effort!

Very quiet and secluded hike. Not a soul in this portion of the park the entire day!

This was one of my favorite backpacking hikes ever. We camped at Pearl and did a day hike to Dalton, well worth it. All of the lakes were gorgeous and the hike was moderate to Pearl, hard if you go onto Dalton because of the extra distance. I do not consider myself an avid hiker and more casual.

hiking
26 days ago

Absolutely amazing! Our favorite sites were 3L7 and 3L9. Animals everywhere. Beautiful views.

beautiful scenery. the shorter side of the trail (from chalet) is pretty steep

Counterclockwise route is uphill and steep. Not outstanding views but the lake is worth it.

hiking
28 days ago

Challenging with some snowy parts but well worth it

This hike was awesome in the fall! The colors were incredible (check out my pics), but the weather was a little iffy with sideways rain/wind. September was the perfect time with gorgeous fall colors. In October or later, I'd expect knee deep snow.

First time in Glacier. Trail had oustanding views. Hiked 10/16/2018. Elevation gain was heavy half way through for about 1 to 2 miles. Would highly reccomend yak trax or snow shoes for last 1 mile. Was able to complete with my 3 season boots however snow was 1-3 feet deep during last .5 mile -1 mile. Bear tracks everywhere. Take precautions.

Absolutely awesome hike. The views along the entire hike are incredible and we saw several mountain goats and deer. The beginning of the hike - when the path is narrow with steep drop-offs - may have been the most exhilarating part of the trail, though it is beautiful the whole way. Towards the end of the hike, it is worth making a short detour to stop at the Granite Park Lodge; the hike down from there, through burned forest, was longer than expected and very exposed (the only slight negative about the hike). Provided the park shuttle is running, it is relatively easy to get back to your car from the finish of the hike.

1 month ago

Did Wanless for the first time in mid-October 2017. Beautiful........ but shoulda had snowshoes! Can’t wait to do this one again!

on Highline Trail

1 month ago

This is a fantastic hike - great views! Worth the detour to take the trail up to the glacier overlook (worth the steep trek). Highly recommend you retrace your steps after you get to the lodge - we made the mistake of ignoring other hikers’ advice and the last 4 miles to the road were the worst hiking ever - dusty, hot, biting flies and dodging mule dung, (no views) and then waiting an hour to get a shuttle (no seats on the 5 that passed by). Other than that this was the best day in the park! Wish we had time to do it twice!

so sick

hiking
1 month ago

backpacking
1 month ago

Nice hike to this spot. Hit this trail after a 7 mile hike out from Gunsight Lake. Would have been much nicer on fresh legs but the reward was amazing. Nice spot and decent campsites.

hiking
1 month ago

We did this hike on Monday, September 17, 2018. It was a beautiful sunny day. We started the trail around 9:30 am and finished at 1:30 pm., and that included a 30 minute stop for lunch at the top. This is a beautiful hike and, while hard, very doable for most. Dress in layers as it will go from cold to warm and back again. There is also enough wind at the top portion to warrant bringing something to cover your face. Sunscreen, chapstick, and hiking pole are helpful but also protection against wind chaffing for your face is a good idea. The best views really are on the first portion of the hike and before you turn away from the mountains and traverse the slopping trail to the scenic point. There is a nice spot at the point where you can sit and eat lunch while being protected from the winds. The chipmunks will steal your food if you don’t watch out! We didn’t realize you can continue on the trail and finish at the East Glacier Lodge, which is a 10 mile trek in total. This would be a good idea and we met a group on the trail doing just that. Easily one of the best hikes in Glacier...enjoy!

the Hike is amazing. nice and open most of the day. a well maintained trail with plenty of places to stop for photo ops. saw 2 moose down in the marsh area at the first look out about a mile in.

first waterfall is only 1.5 miles in. which is where you'll start most of your elevation gain. you'll easily gain 300+ in elevation in just a few switch backs. its surprisingly pretty gradual elevation gain. little effort with a huge reward.

this hike is animal friendly. watch out for the horse poop. usually pretty busy, except on rainy days. great hike for kids and excellent plus size hiker trail.

the drive out is easily 2 hours from the Billings area. paved until you get about 10 miles west of Roscoe. then dirt and gravel road the rest of the way out. with a small paved section in the middle. the gravel on part takes as much as an hour to travel depending on speed and clearance. took my Subaru outback out and had no issues.

1 month ago

Beautiful hike. We didn't get to see any goats, but the views were unmatched. As others have said, dress in layers. You come across all temperatures on this hike. It was difficult for this 49 year old lady, but the 20 somethings I was with did it no problem.

This is a great one! Challenging, rewarding, with awesome beauty. It leaves you speechless at times.

pretty trail in September. lots of fireweed and wildflowers. hiked up to first ridge about .8 mi in and back because did an evening hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike with a gorgeous views

backpacking
1 month ago

Awesome trail, long hike but gradual climb. We stayed two nights at upper cedar lake and enjoyed the views from Dome Mountain.

We did this hike on September 21st, 2018. After reading all the reviews to get there by 6am to get a parking spot we made sure to do just that! Well, turns out that this time of year getting a parking spot is no issue. We pulled into the Logan’s Pass lot just after six and there were only two other cars. We waited until sunrise to start the trail which was about 7 am. It was cold!!! 37° when we started. If you are going this time of year, wear layers! Bring gloves and a beanie. I recommend lightweight layers though that are easy to remove and throw in your bag because you will not need all the layers for the entire hike. It felt like we hit all the seasons at one point during the hike. We even got snowed on at one point but not enough to inconvenience us. It was actually pretty neat! Once we got to the point where we could choose to continue to the Chalet or do the .6 mile hike up to the Grinnel Glacier we decided to go up! Let me tell you, it was not easy going up and almost harder to come down but was totally worth it! The view from up there is breathtaking!! Once you summit the mountain and see the glacier, it’s super windy and cold but if you venture off to the left a little bit there’s a little spot in the rocks to hang out, get out of the wind and eat lunch with a breathtaking view of the glacier. Make sure you are well rested before you head down from the glacier. It’s a tough trek down. At this point we were extremely thankful for our trekking poles! Highly recommend bringing them! Once we got to the bottom of the trail and back onto the main trail we decided to continue on to see the Chalet which was less then a mile at that point. Very cool to see but it was all closed down and winterized at this point which was fine with us because we had plenty of food and water. This is where the decision making gets important. Because the shuttle is no longer running people back up to Logan’s Pass from the loop parking lot we had to decide if we wanted to continue the hike down to the loop and hitch hike our way back up to Logan’s Pass to our car or turn around from the Chalet and hike back to Logan’s Pass. Being as adventurous as we are and not wanting to missing anything we decided to do the “4 mile” downhill stretch to the loop parking lot. I put 4 mile in parenthesis because it felt like way more than that. We were absolutely miserable at this point. This downhill is extremely hard on the feet and knees and we had trekking poles! If we were to do this trail again, we would turn around at the Chalet and hike back to Logan’s Pass. Oh and in case you’re wondering, we were able to catch a ride from a fellow hiker back up to our car.
If you decide to continue down from the Chalet, be extra cautious of grizzly bears at this point. It goes through some PRIME grizzly habitat. We saw lots of their poop on the trail. Make lots of noise and talk loud. This brings me to another subject. If you are a wildlife enthusiast as I am you may be wondering what type of wildlife we saw on this hike. We saw 5 mountain goats and about 5 long horned sheep. I am a wildlife photographer so you bet I enjoyed seeing and photographing these animals!! If you want to see some photos from this hike I’ll be posting some hopefully in the next couple weeks.

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hiking
1 month ago

Not too difficult of a trail. Rocky right towards the top. Can be windy at the lake depending on weather. Took us about an hour and 15 minutes to hike up and an hour back. Beautiful views and fall colors are incredible.

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous short hike to falls. Closer to 1 1/2 Miles. Easy. Mild elevation.

hiking
1 month ago

Had a great time.

1 month ago

This is squatch territory and only expert researchers and mountaineers should wander off the path. Don't get caught after dark as the sentinels are aggressive. Even your great dane is a snack for bears and other creatures, so leave fido at home. Respect first nation laws and buy a trailhead pass. Don't expect to be treated kindly by locals if you look like an REI advertisement or drive a car that's worth more than their average yearly income. This is not your land so tread lightly and respectfully.

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