Big Sky, Montana literally sits in an ocean of mountains. The Gallatin Range, the Madison Range, the Bridger Range, the Tobacco Roots, the Crazy Mountains, the Absaroka Range, and the Beartooths are all close by – and let’s not forget about Big Sky’s biggest neighbor, Yellowstone National Park. The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is some of the most remote country in the Lower 48. With endless trails wandering through this epic terrain, it’s easy to see why these mountains beckon thrill seekers to explore them.
Big Sky Country is a hiking paradise. Pick a trail, any trail and go for a hike. You’ll find plunging waterfalls, meadows covered in colorful wildflowers, snow-melt filled alpine lakes, deep forest studded canyons, broad alpine basins, remote and craggy summits, ancient petrified forests, abundant wildlife, and jaw dropping panoramic vistas. It’s pristine and rugged wilderness that’s basically undisturbed by humans.
It’s exactly what every hiker dreams of and it’s just steps out your door when you come play in Big Sky, Montana. Jump on the old heel-toe express and see where your next human powered adventure will take you. Maybe you’ll spot a wild bison, a wandering grizzly bear, a bugling herd of elk, an elusive pack of wolves, or an ornery moose. Anything is possible in this massive outdoor playground.
Every hike you take in Big Sky and Yellowstone National Park will impress you. Lace up your hiking boots and get ready to explore Big Sky’s backyard. This place will blow your mind.
Below you’ll find some of the best day hikes in Big Sky Country and in Yellowstone National Park:
Big Horn Peak – 13 Miles Roundtrip, 3250′ Elevation Gain – This hike begins at the Black Butte Trailhead in the northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park – just a short drive south of Big Sky. Follow the trail through thick forests, open meadows, and end on a craggy ridge walk to the summit of Big Horn Peak at 9930′.
Ramshorn Peak – 16 Miles Roundtrip, 3,900′ Elevation Gain – From the Gallatin Canyon, it’s a big day to reach the iconic Ramshorn Peak. It’s a shorter mission from the Paradise Valley. Either way you’ll wander through wildflower meadows and the ancient Gallatin Petrified Forest that contains 50 million year old trees before you gain the summit of Ramshorn Peak at 10,296′. * Continue reading on the next page.