Hiking in Western Montana + Glacier National Park

Hiking

Trek Montana’s Trails

Trek Montana’s Trails

Note: As of July 1, 2023, Conservation Licenses are required for everyone age 12 and older to access most state lands, including wildlife management areas, fishing access sites and wildlife habitat protection areas. This requirement does not include state parks. Please recreate responsibly. Learn more here.

Hiking in Montana—it comes with the territory. It’s also one of those activities that can require little to no gear (other than footwear appropriate for the trail), and you can quickly and easily access a footpath from pretty much anywhere. So if you’re looking for a short hike in the wildflowers of our foothills around one of our small towns, a day-hike in the mountains or a rugged multiday trek into our backcountry, our trail system is vast and diverse. Glacier National Park alone boasts over 730 miles of trails.

Trail Safety:

  • Plan for all kinds of weather.
  • Dress in layers and broken-in hiking boots.
  • For more rugged hikes, bring the proper hiking gear.
  • Bring plenty of water.
  • Always stay on the trail.
  • If you're hiking alone, let someone know where you're going to be.
  • Respect wildlife. Do not harass or feed them.
  • Carry bear spray.
  • When you hike in Montana, you are hiking in bear country.
  • For more safety guidelines, visit wildlife.visitmt.com/rules.htm.

Here you’ll discover where to hike in Montana, as well as some of our most traveled and least traveled hiking trails, nature trails and walking trails.


Featured Listings

Belton Chalet
West Glacier, MT
406.888.5000
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Falls Motel
Thompson Falls, MT
406.827.3559 | 801.521.2184
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Glacier Bear Retreat
West Glacier, MT
406.848.1771 | 888.848.1771
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Glacier Campground & RV Park
West Glacier, MT
406.387.5689 | 888.387.5689
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Glacier Guides Lodge
West Glacier, MT
406-387-5555 | 800-521-7238
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Glacier Guides and Montana Raft
West Glacier, MT
406.387.5555 | 800.521.7238
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Glacier Park Boat Company
Columbia Falls, MT
406.257.2426 | 888.611.0747
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Glacier Park Lodge
East Glacier Park, MT
406.892.2525
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Glacier Planner
West Glacier, MT
406.261.7478
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Great Northern Resort & Whitewater Rafting
West Glacier, MT
406.387.5340 | 800.735.7897
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Haymoon Resort
Whitefish, MT
406.730.8786
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Hidden Moose Lodge
Whitefish, MT
406.862.6516 | 888.733.6667
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Kandahar Lodge
Whitefish, MT
406.862.6098 | 800.862.6094
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Motel Lake McDonald
West Glacier, MT
406.892.2525
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Paddle Ridge
West Glacier, MT
406-888-5454
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RightOnTrek
Columbia Falls, MT
406.309.3479
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Rye Creek Lodge
Darby, MT
406.821.3366 | 888.821.3366
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Swan Mountain Outfitters
West Glacier, MT
406.387.4405 | 877.888.5557
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The Glacier Institute
Glacier National Park, MT
406.755.1211
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Triple Creek Ranch
Darby, MT
406-821-4600 | 800-654-2943
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University of Montana
Missoula, MT
406.243.0211 | 800.462.8636
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Other Listings

Action Rentals
1027 Martin Creek Road
Olney, MT 59927
406.881.3510
Artemis Acres Paint Horse Ranch
610 Patrick Creek Rd
Kalispell, Montana 59901
406-755-3723
Backpacker's Ferry
Alt. Phone: 406.890.5847
East Glacier Park, MT 59434
406.845.3905
Bear Creek Resort
995 Blue Slide Road
Thompson Falls, MT 59873
406-827-4857
Bison Creek Ranch
20722 U.S. Highway 2 W.
East Glacier Park, MT 59434
406.226.4482
Bitterroot Alpine Guides

Hamilton, MT 59840
406.369.5918
Butcher Creek Outfitters
7428 Fortine Creek Road
Trego, MT 59934
4062910748
Butler Creek Lodge
3255 Bending Tree Lane
Missoula, MT 59808
406.542.8307
Downing Mountain Lodge
1017 Grubstake Road
Hamilton, MT 59840
406.531.1486
Foys to Blacktrail Trails
PO Box 81
Kalispell, MT 59901
406.309.1664
Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness
323 N. First Ave., Suite 205
Sandpoint, ID 83864
208.946.9127
Gateway to Glacier Trails
PO Box 2382
Columbia Falls, MT 59912
406.285.1503
Glacier Hikes & Bikes LLC

Whitefish, MT 59937
406.871.2448
Glacier-Two Medicine Alliance
PO Box 181
East Glacier Park, MT 59434
406.531.5098
Homewood Suites by Hilton - Kalispell
195 Hutton Ranch Road
Kalispell, MT 59901
406.755.8080
Johnson's of St. Mary
21 Red Eagle Trail
St Mary, MT 59417
406.732.4207
Kootenai River Outfitters
Corner of U.S. Highway 2 and State Highway 56
Troy, MT 59935
406.295.9444
Meridian Farm and Forge
37663 Hawkins Road
St. Ignatius, MT 59865
406-544-7131
Mountainside Lodging and Retreats
3965 Star Meadow Road
Whitefish, MT 59937
4065308516
OnX
1925 Brooks St.
Missoula, MT 59801
406.540.1602
Outback Montana RV Park & Campground
13772 Outback Lane
Bigfork, Montana 59911
406-837-6973
Overdale Lodge
1076 Overdale Lodge Road
Troy, MT 59935
406.295.7246
Polebridge Mercantile, Bakery and Cabins
265 Polebridge Loop
Polebridge, Montana 59928
406-888-5105
Ravenwood Outdoor Learning Center
Trumble Canyon Road
Columbia Falls, MT 59912
406.260.8620
RiverView Ranch Retreat & Western Adventures
28800 Southside Road
Alberton, MT 59820
406.382.9020 | 800.357.4456
Running Horse Inn
28250 Ninemile Road
Huson, Montana 59846
406-626-0040
Seeley Swan Vacations
3166 State Highway 83 N., Suite 203
Seeley Lake, MT 59868
406.677.6600
Silver Bow Outfitters
500 E. Fisher Road
Libby, MT 59923
406.293.4868
Teller Wildlife Refuge
1288 Eastside Highway
Corvallis, MT 59828
406.961.3507
The Cabins at Deer Crossing
396 Hayes Creek Road
Hamilton, MT 59840
406-363-2232
The Heritage Museum
34067 U.S. Highway 2
Libby, MT 59923
406.293.7521
The Lakeside Motel & Resort Inc.
2955 State Highway 200
Trout Creek, MT 59874
406.827.4458 | 888.827.4458
The Lodge & Resort at Lake Mary Ronan
52012 Lake Mary Ronan Road
Proctor, MT 59929
406.849.6279
The Way Less Traveled
16485 North Fork Road
Polebridge, MT 59928
406.261-5880
Timber Wolf Resort
9105 U.S. Highway 2 E.
Hungry Horse, MT 59919
406.387.9653
Travel Montana
PO Box 16
Red Lodge, MT 59068
888.758.8687
West Glacier KOA
355 Halfmoon Flats Road
West Glacier, MT 59936
406.387.5341 | 800.562.3313
Whitefish Legacy Partners
515 Railway St., Suite 206
Whitefish, MT 59937
406.862.3880
Whitefish Outfitters & Tours
541 Spokane Ave.
Whitefish, MT 59937
406.212.0080
News from Glacier National Park Currently, 17 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road are open for travel.