Montana, located in the western U.S., is dominated by plains in the east and the Rocky Mountains in the west. Granite Peak, the state's highest point, rises 12,799 feet above sea level in south-central Montana.
Montana is home to Glacier National Park, which ranks among North America’s most epic backpacking destinations. The park stretches across 1,000,000 acres of Montana's northernmost reaches, right up to the Canadian border. Together with Alberta's Waterton Lakes National Park, Glacier makes up the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.
The editors at Backpacker have created an extensive collection of popular trails and trips for hiking and backpacking Montana.
From white water to granite handholds to pine tree hangs—Leaving Montana wasn’t easy.
A few weeks into this hundred day summer road-trip and I didn’t need to read far into people’s expressions upon meeting me: it was time for a rinse.
Find the best wildflowers, dayhike, and more that this corner of Montana has to offer.
When I think “June”, I think about rock climbing, bike riding, rafting… you know, activities people do in the summer. I don’t immediately think “snow”, but then again, I’m not from Montana.
Backpack past shimmering high-altitude lakes, up steep mountain ridges, and over 7,000+ foot passes in the mountains of the Selway-Bitterroot, MT.
Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, Montana
These 6 miles of pristine wilderness are among the best 100 miles of trail in the whole national park system.
One contractor still has close to 4,000 positions still available.
Windswept ridges, jigsaw peaks, and a bulldozing glacier are just few of the highlights on this 9.8-mile half-circle route near Going-to-the-Sun and Matahpi Peaks.
Pass through some of the wildest land in the Lower 48 on this stout 11.3-mile route that offers a wildlife showcase of grizzlies, mountain lions, moose, and wolverines.