With eight National Parks in Montana, it’s no wonder the beautiful state has a reputation for fulfilling nature lovers’ quest for epic, outdoorsy adventures. But the National Parks in Montana are not the only places to explore nature. If you love hiking through the outdoors and are on your way to Montana, look at these spots to put your boots on the ground and explore the natural artwork Montana holds in its hiking locations.
The 1906 Trail is a popular, moderate, approximately three-mile hike that rewards you with the summit of Mount Helena. With 1,023 feet of elevation gain, this trail is not for the faint of heart. It is the most direct route to the top of Mount Helena and has been trekked upon for over 70 years by hiking and cycling enthusiasts alike.
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Located less than an hour from Bozeman, Montana, lies Fairy Lake Trail. Hike the one-mile trail and you’ll be rewarded with the swimming hole of Fairy Lake. Jump off the swing rope into the cool waters of this scenic, alpine, glacier lake at the base of Sacagawea Peak.
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Would you like to see where prehistoric hunters dwelled? Visit the Pictograph Cave, the deepest of the three main caves in Pictograph Cave State Park. The oldest rock art found in the Pictograph Graph is 2,000 years old, and it contains over 100 portrait pictographs. The 23-acre park is a National Historic Landmark worth hiking to, with its roots deep in archeological history.
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Located only half an hour away from Kalispell, Montana, the Jewel Basin is a behemoth, spanning 15,349 acres, 27 lakes, and 35 miles of trails within Flathead National Forest. Popular trails include Clayton Creek Trail, Birch Lake Trail, and Picnic Lake Trail which all culminate in wonderful lakes where you can unwind after a day of hiking.
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