Hiking & Backpacking

Bozeman trails, Main street to the mountains, GVLT
Morgan Solomon
Trails to try in Bozeman. Thanks to Bozeman’s Main Street to the Mountains trail system, you don’t have to go far to escape knee-pounding pavement and spend some time in nature. Try the trails below or explore your own. Read more >>
McCarthy, Chirs
My feet are in a constant battle—too hot, too cold, too sweaty—but the Lorpen T3 Light Hiker might be the Treaty of Versailles for my barking dogs. These socks actually have three separate layers of fiber, each providing a different function. Read more >>
Hessman, Patrick
A summer hike can be ruined with the wrong pack, especially if it makes the heat more stifling with heavy, insulating padding. The AC Aera 24 from Deuter was designed to specifically avoid this sweaty mess. Read more >>
England, Mike
For a sturdy, all-purpose pack that won’t break the bank, check out the Mystic 65 from Mountainsmith. Read more >>
Hessman, Patrick
Montanans need gear that will keep them dry and warm through foggy morning excursions and sudden afternoon downpours—and the Helly Hansen Loke jacket is ready for Montana’s schizophrenic weather. The Loke is windproof and waterproof, with vents to prevent overheating. Read more >>
Mangels, Angie
Comfort and functionality are at the top of my list when shopping for new footwear, and Keen’s Gypsum hiking shoe meets and exceeds both criteria. These lightweight shoes marry the best traits of a sneaker and a hiking boot, with no break-in period needed. Read more >>
Slepian, Maggie
Before a hunting excursion, mountaineering expedition, or even a simple road trip, there’s a certain romance in spreading out a map and plotting your journey. Read more >>
Stone, Robert
Hiking distance: 10 miles round tripHiking time: 6 hoursElevation gain: 3,400 feetMaps: U.S.G.S. Dexter Point and Mount Cowen Read more >>
Flannery, Joseph
Nothing deters backpackers from the Bechler more than the bugs. A handful of Deet and a quick pace might shield you along the trail from the ranger station to the edge of Bechler Meadows, but no further. Read more >>
Harris, Emily
With my two dogs—Mr. Magoo, an American bulldog, and Molly, a mastiff/Catahoula mix—in the back of my hatchback, I pulled into the Dudley Creek trailhead in Gallatin Canyon. Not quite a mile down the trail, Molly wandered off in the underbrush and I had Mr. Read more >>
Krueger, Ryan
Wilderness is big and wild—untamed earth spanning space between populations and providing a place for us to reconnect with our lost landscapes. When the time comes to retreat into to the wild and live with the twigs, berries, and bears, which area has the goods? Read more >>
Photo by Ryan Krueger
England, Mike
What is it about white lines? Those winding strings of pearl, sinuous rills weaving down mountainsides, carving and cascading through rock like storm clouds harnessed to a rolling boulder. Read more >>
Photo by Ryan Krueger
Stone, Robert
The entire length of the Gneiss Creek Trail traverses 14 miles through the Madison Valley. The trail, which lies mostly within Yellowstone National Park, connects the Gallatin with Madison Canyon and the Madison River. Read more >>
Photo by Kene Sperry
Pogge, Drew
Live music is like nothing else. The sound is raw, the lights are blinding, the volume is cranked, and nothing tastes better than an $8 Bud Light after a couple of hours of jamming to your favorite band. Read more >>
Slepian, Maggie
Every year, our corner of Montana braces for an endless caravan of RVs parading down toward Yellowstone, stopping in Livingston, Paradise Valley, and Gardiner along the way in vehicular atrocities larger than your house. Read more >>
Photo by Megan Paulson
Knight, Phil
There are a lot of annoying critters out there, both wild and domestic—packrats, mice, magpies, roosters, raccoons, possums, porcupines, and poodles to name a few. But as far as sheer destructiveness goes, nothing in my experience beats a marmot. Read more >>
Yellowstone Llamas
Wolf, Leeanna
The summer sun beats down on us on this early July morning in the parking lot. The trail sign reads “Daily Creek.” Four- and two-legged companions mill around the stock trailer, getting ready for the hike. Read more >>
Stoops, Kira
The day before Missoula’s 2012 GrizzlyMan Adventure Race, Team First Descents athletes Jordan Stoner and Josh Vandermeer were set to scram with $1,800 in pledges for First Descents, a non-profit that takes young adults with cancer on outdoor adventures. Read more >>
Phil Knight
So the lifts have closed and the rivers are cold, muddy, and blown out. Your yard looks like half of Bozeman tossed their dog leavings there, and it’s too cold and wet to break out the road bike. If you’ve got the time and gas money, head south for that ultimate slot canyon or desert river trip. Read more >>
Pogge, Drew
Some of the best things in life are hidden in plain sight, and Paradise Valley’s Tom Miner Basin is definitely one of them. There’s the petrified forest containing 50-million-year-old trees frozen in time. Read more >>
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