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Hiking is one way to enjoy off-the-beaten-path scenery in Montana.  Mountains, lakes, and prairies all offer adventures for the hiking enthusiast. Here is a sampling of some of the less traveled trails.

Ross Creek Cedars Scenic Area, Kootenai National Forest, Libby

Known for its spectacular western red cedar trees between 500 and 1,000 years old, these giant trees tower over a paved, mile-long trail in this 100-acre rain forest.  It is an easy hike and you can sit on a bench to relax and read the interpretative signs.  For a longer hike, try the 4.5 mile day hike suitable for families.

Drinking Horse Mountain Trail, Bozeman

Named Drinking Horse Mountain because when seen from the Bridger Canyon entrance, you can see a profile at the top that resembles a cowboy on a horse that is drinking from a stream.  The trail follows a 2.4-mile loop and takes from 30 minutes to 2 hours to hike.  Early morning is the best time to hike as the trail can become quite crowded later in the day.Pi

Hiking Around Flathead Lake

 Many other trails can be hiked on the western side of Flathead Lake including trails from 1.24 miles to a 5.27 mile-long hike on Wild Horse Island. Flatheadlake Trail is an easy trail. Jewel Basin HIking Area is accessible from the Bigfork area, and Pablo National Wildlife Refuge is south of Polson and Flathead Lake.

Glacier Country

The Great Bear Wilderness in the Flathead National Forest is over 286,000 acres and is between Glacier Park and Bob Marshall Wilderness.  Many trails provide spectacular hikes such as Dickey Lake, Marion Lake, Ousel Peak, Skiumah Lake, Grant Ridge Trail, Big River Trail, Giefer Creek Trail and Stanton Lake.