Explore the most popular skiing 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.

live right below it, it's a 10-20 minute drive to the trail head from my house love the views but be warned if you go to the small lake below make sure you have plenty of water it takes a good hour to two hours just to get down plus an additional 3 to get up due to the steepness of the back side was driving in arlee and you could just see how steep the other side was compared to the ninemile side definitely a must do if you like to hike.

6 months ago

Awesome hike. Took Moose Tracks to Bone Crusher then up. Bone Crusher ended but it's pretty obvious where to continue. Up to the tram station. There's been brutal fire around lately so because of smoke, I hitched a ride back with the tram (as seen on the route), then hiked the South Service Rd to the base for the sake of time. Do not do this if you're afraid of heights, have vertigo, or dislike shear drop offs on both sides of a fairly narrow trail. Coming down would have been brutal if not for the tram.

We followed the map above for hiking.... we frequently checked the map to see if we were on the right trail. We didn't see a single sign that indicated we were on George's Gorge. Instead the entire trail followed a trail called Journey. We saw heaps of Deer on the trail and fresh rip raspberries as well as bear skat. Be bear aware when hiking this trail. It wasn't difficult at all, perhaps longer then anticipated. Seemed also to be a lot longer then 4.5 km. However we were also hiking and each carrying 45lb and 50lb children.
Beautiful forested trail with some great views and a small pond.

on Marion Lake Trail

7 months ago

Good hike up above the Izaak Walton Lodge (drive up the road behind the lodge to the trailhead to start). We saw only one other family up at the lake all day. The walk was aggressively steep at times, and very overgrown (mainly thimble berry bushes, but watch out for the occasional devil's club bush) in many areas. It was significantly harder than any other "moderate" rated trail we have done.
If you start early on a dewey morning, you might be in for a wet walk.
Lake is a picturesque spot for relaxing, or taking a swim (water was cool, but quite swimmable). Lots of small trout rising to take emergers off the surface.

7 months ago

Good hike. A little scrambling involved for 75 yds on ridge and towards the top due to steepness. Great views. Not recommended for dogs.

Great for young children. We pushed a 3 wheeled, jogging stroller for our 2 year old, although he could have walked most of it.

7 months ago

Great hike on a sunny summer afternoon. It is a bit difficult to find as you need to go through Lone Mountain Ranch to get to the trailhead but if you ask for directions from anyone there they are very helpful and once you find it, the trail is easily marked throughout. Because it is off the ranch, expect horse droppings along the path- its not bad, but horses are riding the path too. This is an easy trail for beginners who may not be use to the altitude yet.

Two year ago my friends and I rode motorcycles up through Yellowstone then up over the Beartooth Highway. I had a black bear run against the road in front of me. Pretty exciting time. I look forward to the end of August when I'll be doing it again, but in a car this time. Sharing this beautiful scenery with my wife.

7 months ago

Trail is not clear. It is very overgrown and you cannot get all the way to the top of the hill safely. Views were beautiful but this is not a great hiking trail.

8 months ago

Some amazing views from the top!

Nice hike, don't forget to lift your sight from the rocks and roots. The beargrass fields are a nice place to look in all directions. The boulder hoping at the top is doable. The 360 degree at the top is unique.

Incredible views from the top. The trail is relatively easy and flat 75% of the trip. Toughest part is the last climb to the top over talus rock. Well worth every step.

8 months ago

Difficult to find the start of the trail as it's in a resort. If you park at the bottom near the visitor center, head through the gate and up the hill to the left.

We found the trail to be moderate but there are no signs for it. If you park at the Izaak Walton Lodge (which looks pretty cool). You have to take the metal bridge over the tracks. Not dog friendly especially in the summertime (that metal is very hot). We asked a lodge employee where to find the trail. I think he mistakenly told us to go the wrong way. You can park closer to the trail if you take the next road to the west that says Dickey Creek. Follow that road around to the left and you avoid the Izaak Walton Inn.

Quite possibly the most beautiful drive in America. Breathtaking views, lots of wildlife. There are multiple camp sites and trails along the way. Most of the drive is in bear country, so make sure you come prepared if you decide to go off on foot.

This is a dramatic and breathtaking route but don't carry on in to Yellowstone. Instead take the beautiful Chief Joseph highway to Cody to complete a perfect day's driving

Drove opening day on Memorial day Weekend. Did skiing in top

Id rate this a leaning towards the duffuclt side. There are a couple of places for water along the way, on the main trail. Huckleberries seem to be plentiful. The view in the top is incredible, go when there are no fires to create haze. Don't make the trek without a clear day. Cell service on top of the peak. Last few hundred yards is talus rock.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Love this trail, if your not used to hiking then this one my not be for you. If you do hike this you'll love the view on the top. I've hiked this trail several time and haven't been disappointed yet

scenic driving
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

the most beautiful drive in North America

Thursday, December 01, 2016

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

Fairly easy out and back on a well worn trail until the scramble to the peak. People get lost coming off the peak in fog or snow so have a compass or know where your are when conditions are poor. Great views of the bitter roots, missions, Rattlesnake, missoula and mission valleys, and glacier and the cabinets to the north and northwest.

scenic driving
Sunday, September 18, 2016

This is one of the best driving routes in America. The views change throughout the drive. There's a waterfall, many many lakes, and you can drive to a higher elevation than you've ever driven before. We've driven the route many times over the summer to get to Yellowstone and it is hands down, the best entrance there is. there are many trails off the highway that you can do day hikes or camp. On one occasion we saw a young grizzly near the road.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Nice trail. Can get a little flat in spots so carry some speed if on a snowboard or you'll end up paddling.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Well this is definitely a good mountain to ski down however it's a bit of a challenge to hike up which is what I did. There were lots of flowers and birds the whole way up.

We walked about 2 miles after the road closed. The views are amazing but the wind! Hold onto your hat! It was plowed so it was easy. We didn't see any wildlife or tracks. December 13, 2015. It's really nice that you can walk as far as you'd like and still not be at the end.

Monday, August 31, 2015

One of my favorite hikes for fishing. Very steep but short trail i would rate as difficult. Can be accessed in winter via snowshoes, skis, or snow mobiles offering outstanding ice fishing for large trout.

scenic driving
Monday, August 03, 2015

Unquestionably within the top 10 most beautiful drives in the country! Take my word! You will not be disappointed! August 27th in 2014 is when I did it, and it was snowing at the top! It made national news! Pretty incredible!

scenic driving
Thursday, July 16, 2015

The most amazing scenic drives I ever experienced

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