Go Sing it on the Mountain March 11 2017

The winter is long lingering and many of us Montanans are ready for some vitamin D. The sun has been shy, but a few warm rays have warmed my shoulder and reminded me that we are almost there. Spring is on the way!

Feel like you could use some fresh air? Want to escape from it all? Need some adventure? Luckily we live in a place where you are always 10 minutes away from being in the middle of nowhere. 

Here are some of our favorite day hikes and trails around the Missoula Valley and beyond. Stay warm, hold on a little longer and if you have some feelings you need to get off your chest; go sing it on the mountain.

 

"The Obvious"

1. The M. Mount sentinel. Overlook the Missoula valley- day or night. Open Switchbacks.

2. Waterworks. One mile up the west side of Rattlesnake Creek you'll find a turn off to the left. Beautiful views. Bring your dog! (this is Labrador land)- also a great trail run option that's close to town.

3. The L. Loyola Sacred heart Trail. The east side of Rattlesnake Creek.

4. Kim Williams Trail. Along the south side of the Clark Fork River. Doggy park near the university for anyone who is looking to socialize your fur friends. 

5. Greenough Park. Beautiful during every season. Child friendly!

 

"The Not So Obvious"

1. Crazy Canyon- You'll find the trail head at the first turn off (to the left) up Pattee Canyon. Follow the signs for a stunning mountain trail that wraps it's way around mount sentinel. Creek for thirsty pups included. Watch for mountain bikers!

2. Blodgett Canyon. This one is a quick beauty. 2.8 miles to reach it's beautiful overlook. Easy to find, as the road matches it's name. The Bitterroot Valley never disappoints. 

*If you're looking for a more difficult hike- make sure to check out some of the hidden valley lakes. Canyon Lake is a favorite. Bring a fishing pole!

3. St. Mary's Peak. Tucked away in the Bitterroot Valley is this gem. Stunning views from every angle. You don't want to miss this! (Pictured below) Just short of Hamilton, MT.

4. Morrell Falls. Located in the Seeley Swan Valley- this 3.5 mile hike is a great place to cool off in the summer time as the waterfall is a fierce one!

*hikers hint* If you're really feeling adventurous, there is a narrow trail above the falls that leads to another chain of waterfalls. Not recommended for children. 

5. Holland lake/ Holland Falls. This is a family favorite. Dogs, children and all else welcome. Enjoy the beauty of Holland Lake, mountains and pit stops with stunning views. Perfect place for a picnic- or pack for an overnight trip!

 

We hope that this will encourage and motivate you to get outside and enjoy the true beauty of this incredible mountainous paradise. 

Happy hiking!