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Best trails in Essex

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Looking for a great trail near Essex, Montana? AllTrails has 18 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Wayfarers State Park or Yellow Bay State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Flathead Lake Sp Wayfarers Uni or Flathead Lake Sp West Shore Un. Ready for some activity? There are 11 moderate trails in Essex ranging from 1.4 to 16.1 miles and from 3,202 to 7,664 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Essex
Top trails (18)
#1 - McDonald Creek Trail
Glacier National Park
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 9 m
McDonald Creek Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Essex, Montana that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity Show more
#2 - Johns Lake Loop
Glacier National Park
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 53 m
Johns Lake Loop is a 1.9 mile loop trail located near Essex, Montana that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, bird watching, and horses aShow more
#3 - Stanton Lake
Flathead National Forest
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 1 h 31 m
Stanton Lake is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Essex, Montana that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, fiShow more
#4 - Lake McDonald Trail
Glacier National Park
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Length: 13.7 mi • Est. 6 h 21 m
Lake McDonald Trail is a 13.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Essex, Montana that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity opShow more
#5 - Marion Lake Trail
Flathead National Forest
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Length: 7.5 mi • Est. 5 h 5 m
Marion Lake Trail is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Essex, Montana that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best usShow more
#6 - Devil Creek to Elk Lake
Great Bear Wilderness
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Length: 12.4 mi • Est. 6 h 54 m
Devil Creek to Elk Lake is a 12.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Essex, Montana that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number ofShow more
#7 - Dickey Lake
Flathead National Forest
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 3 h 4 m
Dickey Lake is a 5.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Essex, Montana that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and Show more
#8 - The Tranquil Basin Overlook
Flathead National Forest
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 3 h 36 m
User maintained trail that can be easily lost in a number of places. Great hike if you are looking for a primitive hike. Not quite bushwhacking but close to it. A few places that required using allShow more
#9 - Mount Furlong Trail
Flathead National Forest
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Length: 9.3 mi • Est. 6 h 22 m
Mount Furlong Trail is a 9.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Essex, Montana that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hShow more
#10 - Snake Loop Trail No. 660
Great Bear Wilderness
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 3 h 19 m
Snake Loop Trail No. 660 is a 5.6 mile loop trail located near Essex, Montana that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking.Show more
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