Is Montana Really Great For Hiking? The Poll Says…
A recent study came out regarding the best states for hiking. The big question is: where did Montana rank?
We have lots of trails here in Montana. Being the 4th largest state in the U.S. and having a small population of a little over 1 million, we can preserve lots of land for sightseeing. That sightseeing includes endless miles of hikes.
According to World Population Review's website, Montana ranks 5th as the best state for hiking. This is part of the reason why outdoor enthusiasts often find their way to our great state.
There are some really great hikes within a short drive of Bozeman. One of the most popular, especially for tourists is the M Trail. I think of it more as a photo opportunity if you take the "short route". I do really enjoy the longer route, as this is close to my house and remotely easy.
You also have the Castle Rock hike. This hike is a little over 5 miles round trip but will take you to the top of the Gallatin Canyon’s east wall.
If you are looking for a bit more challenging hike, you can head to Sypes Canyon. Over six miles of pure beauty. There are a few options with this hike. You can take a four-mile hike and turn around, or you can continue on for a six-mile loop, or you can continue on for a couple more miles added to the adventure.
One of my personal favorites is the hike to Palaside Falls. It's not difficult, the path is paved which makes it a bit easier for those who don't hike often, and the view at the end is worth every step.
What are your favorite Montana hikes?
cc: World Population Review