Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

Very cool buildings. I have attached a bunch of photos. But the loop trail isn't marked! I couldn't find it for the life of me. If you have hints on how to find it please post for everyone else!

Great place to spend a couple hours, lots of history and dog friendly. Even in March it’s a beautiful place to go. Could hear the cracking of the ice on the Yosemite while looking at the caves.

3 days ago

Good little hike! Great views and beautiful waterfall!

Easy trail with two kids.

5 days ago

Lots of Moose at the lake every time I have hiked this. Easy hike. Bring bug spray!

Such a fun and easy hike. Great for the whole family. Breathtaking views

Beautiful hike through the old growth cedars along the creek, ending at a glacial lake with great waterfalls and thick plant life everywhere!

a long yet if your up for the 14 mile hike and XC skiing well worth it hike! amazing views from the start to finish! We thought we would be the only people up there, but there was about 6 other people behind us. make sure to start early, it took us about 12 hours, because of the road being closed 5 miles before the trail!!!

Groomed and lovely hike. We were alone for most of the hike, a first for any of our Yellowstone visits. The thermal features aren't much to see since everything was covered in feet of snow.

It’s a nice walk on a cool day, no shade or cover at all. Really pretty views of Missoula but a pretty boring hike otherwise. You can have dogs off leash and it seems pretty safe. Minimal parking.

Really snowy, but a great trail!

A nice walk along the river in the heart of Bigfork. Wonderful for kids and dogs.

Great Trail!

A nice walk. While the trail is sometimes hard to descern, it is impossible to get lost. There are several good viewpoints on this trail, and plenty of 'bonus' peaks and valleys to check out.

Super easy leisure trail around the lake. Trail is easy/flat/wide enough you could push a stroller on it, or take young kids on a slow meander.

Trail isn't accessible early in the season because of snow, watch for big rocks in the road on the way up/down. Drive Slow!

Although this is not a very long trail I found it to be a pretty intense climb. It had beautiful views and I was rewarded with paragliders when I reached the summit. Would definitely go again!

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22 days ago

Super easy bike ride with amazing views!

28 days ago

Beautiful hike! We hiked this trail after hiking to Grinnell Glacier. This trail is easy and beautiful all at once. It passes through dense forest. Beautiful lake with a beautiful beachy area. Great views from the lake. Bring water and a snack, carry bear spray. Make noise on the trail.

Made this hike on a weekday in August 2000 (5 stars) and then again on a weekend in 2016 (4 stars). I would not do it again on a weekend due to the heavy trail use.
The moderate hike is very tolerable due to the shade. My legs grew more tired from the descent than the climb.
If you like wildlife, golden mantled ground squirrels and american pika are around when it's quiet. It was a lot of fun to watch them. The lake is gorgeous with the talus slopes and peaks in the distance.

30 days ago

Perfect hike with young kids ~3+ years old. Good in all seasons. Some rock climbing or bouldering spots scattered throughout. Can connect with a hike up Jefferson Creek.

A little sketchy and muddy lol but the springs are cool and there’s a rope swing

Cute underrated spring. Very easy hike and just a little ways down a very well maintained dirt road. You park along a fence on the far end of the campground a cross a little log bridge to the trailhead.

1 month ago

It’s a good little super quick loop next to the river. Not really much to see here - you can look over the river at the coal plant though.... Still better than sitting around watching TV.

I took the trail to the waterfall in February on a beautiful sunny day. The trail was easy and about 0.8 miles winding through the woods and alongside the river to Ousel Falls. Well worth it.

Always a fun hike, no matter the time of year. Family favorite!

This is a great afternoon walk with access to some really great fishing spots.

Short and sweet with a stunning view of hidden lake. You're sure to see mountain goats and maybe a bear but it's always crowded.

First hike I completed in the park and the view you are rewarded with at the end is well worth it. Be sure to carry bear spray, even though it is a very popular hike and almost always crowded during tourist season you still have a chance at seeing a bear.

Crowed during tourist season but still one of my favorite hikes. There is so much beauty all along the trail. At the beginning there's not a lot of shade so it's easy to get sun burnt. Be sure to wear sun screen and if you get too hot you can always jump in the water at Saint Mary's Falls.

1 month ago

We headed up to the lake via Lake McDonald Lodge. Lovely hike in the trees to the lake. Crossed the bridge and hiked along the river. Such a beautiful trail and views. Only saw one other group.

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