Here are forty of the best hikes, nearly all of them within an hour's drive of Missoula, Montana - from the valleys and foothills to the impressive high country. Enjoy a view of the Mission Mountains across Holland Lake with a waterfall thundering at your back. Or ease into a pool at the base of a hot cataract in Weir Creek with the scent of cedars on the breeze. Whether you're in the mood for an easy nature walk, a moderate outing, or a more demanding day-long hike, this guide offers plenty to choose from, including:
Mount Jumbo's Backbone Trail
Blue Mountain's Vista Point Loop
Garnet Range's Warren Park Trail
Bitterroot Mountain's Bass Creek Trail
Lee Creek Interpretive Trail
Lost Lake Trail
Each hike features full-color photos; a brief route description; thorough directions to the trailhead (GPS coordinates included); a detailed, full-color map; and at-a-glance information on distance and difficulty level, hiking time, canine compatibility, and fees and permits. Inside you'll also find a Trail Finder that categorizes each hike (e.g., for attractions such as waterfalls or the best hikes for geology lovers, canine companions, or families with children); Green Tips; and information about local lore, points of interest, and the area's array of wildlife.
Features: Paperback. 2014. 244 pp. Many color photos, maps, and index. 6 x 9 x 0.5 in.