Hiking In Northwest Montana
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Northwest Montana offers some of the best hiking that can be found
anywhere in the entire United States. The mountainous scenery and abundant
wildlife make hiking in this part of the country a true adventure. The
three most popular hiking area's in Northwest Montana are the Bob Marshall
Wilderness, Glacier National Park, and The Jewel Basin. Are the the only
area's to hike in Northwest Montana? No, not by a long shot, but they are
the three that are going to be discussed in this article.
Bob Marshall Wilderness - The Bob Marshall Wilderness is often
referred to as the "best" of America's wilderness areas. Nearly fifty
years ago, 950,000 acres of high mountain lakes, crystal clear rivers,
remote valleys and high, alpine meadows were set aside for protection -
destined to remain forever wild. In the 1970s, the federal government
added the Scapegoat Wilderness and the Great Bear Wilderness, creating a
total wilderness complex of a million and a half acres. There are four
major access points to the Bob Marshall Wilderness area: Seeley Lake,
Blackfoot Valley, Monture Creek, and Swan Valley. There are so many hiking
trails within the wilderness area there have been books written on the
subject of hiking in the Bob Marshall Wilderness.
Glacier National Park - There are over 730 miles of hiking trails
in Glacier National Park. One way to see and enjoy Glacier's beauty is to
take a hike on some of these trails. You can do a short hike, a day hike
or an extended backcountry hiking and camping trip. To camp in the
backcountry, you will need to obtain a free backcountry permit though.
Glacier National Park is a very popular hiking destination but is large
enough to accommodate everyone. Just like with the Bob Marshall
Wilderness, there have been books written on hiking Glacier National Park
The Jewel Basin - The Jewel Basin is a bit less popular than the
previous two area, but is a bit more convenient. Located within 30 miles
of the town of Kalispell, The Jewel Basin is fairly easy to access. The
Jewel Basin includes 27 lakes and 35 miles of trails and is located at the
north end of the Swan Mountain Range east of Kalispell and west of the
Hungry Horse Reservoir. While the scenery might not be quite as
breathtaking as the previous two options, it will surely make you gasp.
Hiking in Northwest Montana offers the hiker everything that they could
want. Solitude, scenery, wildlife, exercise, and everything else that the
wonders of nature have to offer are all available in beautiful Northwest
Montana. To me, hiking is about being in the majesty of nature. Every time
I go hiking, I can't help but remember the immortal words of Ralph Waldo
Emerson who said, "Everything in Nature contains all the powers of Nature.
Everything is made of one hidden stuff." The mountains of Northwest
Montana most certainly offer a glimpse of that which Mr. Emerson was
About the author:
Trevor Kugler is co-founder of JRWfishing.com and an avid angler. He has
more than 20 years experience fishing for all types of fish, and 15 years
of business and internet experience. He currently raises his three year
old daughter in the heart of trout fishing country…..Montana!
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