Explore the most popular snowshoeing 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.

Great trail. Couldn't do backside as I felt I needed snowshoes and only had my yak tracks. Can't wait to try in the spring.

We love this trail... easy and fun for the kids and dogs with great views! Beautiful 15 minute drive from Whitefish.

snowshoeing
8 days ago

I had a little trouble finding the trail but once found it was beautiful. It was a glorious sunny winters day. The trail was groomed for cross country skiing along the whole length making for easy snowshoeing.

Love doing this one when I visit Bozeman. Fun times hanging out by Lava lake!

hiking
14 days ago

Freaking beautiful- past the overlook

This hike was our first one in Glacier! It was busy but we were there over the 4th of July. Go early regardless during the busy season so parking isn’t an issue. Literally saw people yelling at each other in the parking lot for spots. The snow was still on the mountain on our way up and pretty entertaining as some folks had flip flops on attempting the trek. So wear tennis shoes! Once you get to the overlook YOU GOTTA KEEP GOING! The way down to the lake was beautiful and then once you get there it takes your breath away. Picture perfect views and a fun spot to spend time taking it all in. There had been “grizzly activity” the day before but we didn’t see any ( wheh) but we saw a few sheep, goats, chipmunks and what I think is a marmot!! Way back up is strenuous but doable if you walk or hike often.

First, according to the posted signs and brochure/map, dogs are not allowed on the snowshoe or xc skiing trails. That was a bummer. I'll call the Ranger Station to verify if trail association has the authority to say no dogs, being this is National Forest. The other folks using the trail said that they have seen dogs there before. hmm.
Tail makers were frequent. Intersections had easy to read maps. My wife and kids enjoyed the packed, narrow trail with powder on the sides should you want to use the full ability of your snowshoes. Wind was not an issue on the trails, though the days was forecasted as +20.
I looked at Showdown Ski Area's website to view real-time web cams and to get an idea of snow conditions.

Best marked/blazed trail I've ever been on! There are maps at every intersection to show the individual where you are and what the intersection brings.

The meadow loop is easy and relaxing. There are several other small trails off the meadow loop which you can go on to get more mileage or more elevations changes. Very fun and relaxing area!

The trail has well defined cross country ski tracks, though I saw people snowshoeing the trail (I just hiked and had spikes in the event the ice was bad but didn't need them after all).

Absolutely beautiful hike!!! Bring water, I went in June and wasn't expecting it to be 90 degrees already! There also isn't much shade. The view at Elk Lake was an excellent reward at the end. So beautiful, but cooooold (don't jump in). There are a couple parts where you have to either jump on the rocks to cross little streams or just trudge straight through (like i did) so keep that in mind when choosing your shoes. The road leading to the hike was a little rough so drive with caution. I will definitely be doing this hike again!

Beautiful quick hike - if you’re able, make it down to the lake, just be prepared for the stairclimb back up.

nature trips
28 days ago

Paved trail, nice little get-away. Very light hike. We went off the trail and down to the river to make the trip a little more exciting. Pretty views if you can get down there!

Went in mid December during the week. Had the entire trail to myself. The scenery is great. Very windy this time of the year but it was well worth it. Recommend it.

Got to hike this in the snow, it was an epic experience. Lots of slipping and sliding, but tons of fun. One of my favorite hikes ever.

Great trial. A light snow had fallen the day before, so it was a little slick on the rocks. But, overall, a beautiful trail. It starts out as an aggressive ascent, but it lessens as you go.

Started just as it began to snow, about 3 inches when we reached the lake. Well worth it!

Went for a leisurely walk today with my mini Doxie and usually enjoy this trail but I had 6 large dogs come up to us today, unleashed. Two I had to yell several times to get away as my dog couldn't move and the owner...well maybe on her phone but what people don't get is even if your dog is somewhat trained and "nice", they get excited and step on my dog. This is not okay so please leash your dog or watch it at all times. And my rating was minus 1 star due to the hundred piles of poop along the trail, need to put up doggie bags perhaps?

fishing
2 months ago

*Review is to Bass Lake*

I hiked this on what was probably the last "good" weather weekend of 2018, in the middle of October. I went primarily for fishing and to explore the no name lake just north of Bass. I stayed 2 nights.

The hike to the lake is probably about 9ish miles one way. I only met a few spots with snow but nothing that couldn't be done with regular hiking boots. With a 40+ lb. pack, it took me 4 hours on the dot. There is a camping spot on the south side, just before the lake in the meadow-like area and there are others on the north/east side of Bass. You can follow the trail to find them.

If you have the 2015 US Forest Service map, please not that it is incorrect. It does NOT reflect that the trail crosses the creek, which it does twice. After the first crossing you hit the worst of it. For about a 1.5-2 miles, you climb. Once you cross back over the creek, the climb is more gradual.

The lake north of Bass, you'll have to go over the saddle. I started bush whacking to get there but realized there was a trail that will lead you that direction. The lake was about 90% frozen over already and contained no fish (I'm assuming it freezes over nearly entirely in the deep winter). It was cool to hike to though so if you have it in you, do it. You'll see some amazing views up there too.

Fishing at Bass was awesome. I absolutely love this lake.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike with some good views. A little muddy because of the rain but all in all, lovely

The road up to the trail is pretty rough

Great trail. You can tailor it to skill level. Either hike to just the lookout point, or continue down to the lake.

camping
3 months ago

Dog and I did an overnight hiking and camping trip to Spar Lake. The national forest campsite was nearly abandoned for the season. Great views of the lake and mountain. There is a long barely discernible trail along a creek to Spar Lake. This is a hard hike with lots quick elevation increases.

This is a really nice hike to a very pretty lake. Go early.

This is a really nice hike to a very pretty lake. Go early.

Best trail!!

hiking
3 months ago

One of the prettiest fall color trails you will find in early October. The drive in passes many striking fall scenes as well.

Easy trail with well maintained Creek crossings ending in gorgeous mountain lake views. Often quite busy despite the lengthy drive to the trailhead

this trail is too populated.

on Sypes Canyon

hiking
3 months ago

Pretty easy.. Beautiful

this trail was like walking in literal heaven. absolutely beautiful landscapes, adorable mountain goats. highly recommend! if you'd like to do the whole trail, which goes down to the lake (and then you walk back to where you started) I recommend giving yourself a full day because it is long and you'll probably wanna chill at the lake for an hour or two before heading back.

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.

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