100 Classic Hikes: Montana: Glacier National Park, Western Mountain Ranges, Beartooth Range, Madison and Gallatin Ranges, Bob Marshall Wilderness, Eastern Prairies and Badlands

100 Classic Hikes: Montana: Glacier National Park, Western Mountain Ranges, Beartooth Range, Madison and Gallatin Ranges, Bob Marshall Wilderness, Eastern Prairies and Badlands

by Douglas Lorain

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Overview

Jagged, glacier-clad peaks, sparkling cirque lakes, crystal-clear rivers, striking canyons, vast prairies and badlands—Montana is a hiker’s dream. And Douglas Lorain has hiked it corner to corner in 100 Classic Hikes: Montana to bring you this carefully selected collection of the state’s premier hikes—many of which have never appeared in any hiking guide. With outstanding scenery as the primary criteria, each richly rewarding hike offers the opportunity to see wildlife, old-growth forests, colorful wildflowers, brilliant fall colors, spectacular vistas, or fascinating geologic features.



Explore the shady forests of the Cabinet Mountains in the northwest, the world-famous wilderness of Glacier National Park, the incredible variety of trails that wind through the dramatic Bitterroots, the undiscovered gems of the Beaverhead Mountains, or the surprisingly varied landscapes of rolling grasslands, wildlife-rich marshes, and deep canyons in the eastern part of the state.



Whether you’re looking for an easy Saturday afternoon jaunt with the family, a memorable day hike to a Big Sky summit, or an epic backpacking trip, you’ll find the best of the best in this guide. Features include:



  • Full-color photos and maps
  • Routes ranging from short day hikes to challenging multiday backcountry trips
  • “Hikes at a Glance” chart for easy trip selection
  • Detailed route descriptions including distance, difficulty, hiking time, elevation gain, best season, trailhead GPS coordinates, and more
  • Recommendations for extending your hike

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594859113
Publisher: Mountaineers Books, The
Publication date: 03/01/2018
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 455,202
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

DOUGLAS LORAIN'S family moved to Oregon when he was six years old, and he's lived there ever since. Now a tax accountant living in Portland, he's explored every nook, cranny, and corner of his home state over the last few decades. All told he's logged over 16,000 hiking miles in Oregon. In an average year, he spends 150 to 200 days on the trail and hikes between 1500 and 2000 miles, most of it in Oregon. In 1988 he wrote his first book, Backpacking Oregon for Wilderness Press. It was followed by Backpacking Washington, Afoot & Afield — Portland/Vancouver, and Backpacking Idaho. His photographs have been featured in scenic photography books such as Discovering Oregon and Volcano—Mount St. Helens, as well as numerous scenic calendars for Oregon, Washington, Montana, Nevada, Wyoming, and Idaho; they have also been published in magazines such as Oregon Outside.

Table of Contents

Hikes at a Glance 9

Locator Map 14

Introduction 15

How to Use This Book 18

Legend for Route Maps 18

Northwest Montana

1 Northwest Peak Scenic Area 28

2 Mount Henry 30

3 Little Spar Lake 33

4 Granite Lake 35

5 Wanless Lake 37

6 Terrace Lake 40

7 Baldy Mountain and Lake 42

8 Ten Lakes Scenic Area Loop 44

9 Stahl Peak Loop 46

10 Krinklehorn Peak Loop 49

11 Nasukoin Mountain 51

12 Turquoise Lake 53

West-Central Montana

13 Cliff Lake 56

14 Heart Lake 58

15 Kid and Mud Lakes 61

16 Cha-paa-qn Peak 63

17 Bear Creek Overlook 65

18 Canyon Lake 67

19 Fuse Lake 68

20 Piquett Mountain 71

21 Dempsey Basin 73

22 Goat Flat and Upper Seymour Lake 75

23 Lake of the Isle 78

Southwest Montana

24 Rock Island Lakes 83

25 Pioneer Lake 84

26 Harrison Lake 86

27 Crescent Lake 88

28 Gorge Lakes 91

29 Eighteenmile Peak Loop 92

30 Italian Peaks Loop 95

31 Lima Peaks Loop 98

32 Table Mountain 100

33 Lewis and Clark Caverns 103

34 Lost Cabin Lake 104

35 Gneiss Lake 107

36 Snowcrest Loop 109

Glacier National Park

37 Boulder Pass 114

38 Chief Mountain 117

39 Northern Loop 119

40 Grinnell Glacier 123

41 Highline Trail 125

42 Hidden Lake 128

43 Avalanche Lake 131

44 Gunsight Pass Traverse 133

45 Piegan Pass 136

46 Otokomi Lake 138

47 Triple Divide Pass 141

48 Oldman and No Name Lakes Loop 142

49 Firebrand Pass 144

The Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex

50 Jewel Basin 148

51 Sunburst Lake 151

52 Rumble Creek Lakes 153

53 Koessler Lake 155

54 Crescent Mountain Lakes 157

55 Buffalo Lakes 160

56 Walling Reef 161

57 Volcano Reef Loop 164

58 North Wall Loop 167

59 Willow Creek Falls 172

60 Scapegoat Mountain 175

61 Anaconda Hill 178

Central Montana's "Island" Ranges

62 Sweetgrass Hills: Mount Brown 183

63 North Fork Highwood Creek Loop 185

64 Missouri River Canyon 187

65 Trout Creek Canyon 190

66 Mount Baldy Basin Loop 192

67 Biq Baldy Mountain 194

68 Collar Peak Loop 197

69 Big Snowy Crest 199

70 Sacagawea Peak 203

71 Sunlight Lake 204

72 Blue and Twin Lakes 206

South-Central Montana

73 Spanish Peaks Loop 210

74 No Man Lake 213

75 Tumbledown Basin 216

76 Hilgard Basin 218

77 Sheep Lake 220

78 Emerald and Heather Lakes 222

79 Gallatin Divide Loop 224

80 Sky Rim Loop 227

81 Elephanthead Mountain 230

82 Pine Creek Lake 232

83 Silver Lake 234

84 Bridge Lake 236

85 Lake Plateau 237

86 Lake Mary 240

87 Black Canyon Lake and Sundance Pass 243

88 Line Creek Plateau 245

Eastern Montana

89 Bull Creek 249

90 Mickey Butte 251

91 Frenchman Creek Breaks 253

92 Bitter Creek 255

93 Sand Arroyo Badlands Loop 258

94 Weatherman Draw 261

95 Big Pryor Mountain 263

96 Bighorn Canyon 265

97 Tongue River Breaks 268

98 Terry Badlands Natural Bridges 270

99 Makoshika State Park 272

100 Chalk Buttes 274

Recommended Resources 277

Acknowledgments 282

Index 283

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