The majesty of summer continues in the big mountains of Big Sky. August is upon us and that means the trails are in prime shape for hiking. The wildflowers are also blooming in the high country amidst the forest, trees and tundra. Now is the perfect time to visit Big Sky, Montana to enjoy the outdoors and beauty that summer brings.
Below are my favorite hiking trails and they are perfect for families or people of all ages.
3 mile popular intermediate hike in Big Sky. This hike provides incredible views and the wildflowers to make it one of the most noteworthy hikes in the area. Hummocks Trail is a more intermediate dirt-surfaced hike, however it can be made to an out and back hike where at any point a turnaround can be made if those tired legs can’t quite make the 3 miles.
Storm Castle Peak
4.7 mile out-and-back hike that takes you to the summit of Storm Castle Peak. This is the most distinctive rock outcrop in Gallatin Canyon. Storm Castle Peak hike is better suited for older kids or more experienced kid hikers. There is a steep incline at the end to see the goal of the peak, however this accomplishment will feel exciting to conquer.
South Fork Loop:
One mile, intermediate dirt-surfaced loop. This is an excellent short hike that is located right in town. There is an uphill and downhill section, which is great to keep kids moving and in shape.
Little Willow Way:
1.6 mile roundtrip trail that is a great beginner hike with a wide, gravel-surface. Another bonus of this short and easy hike is it is adjacent to the river. When the river is low at safe flowing levels, it can be fun to wade in the mid to later part of summer.
Upper Beehive Basin
6.3 mile roundtrip (can also hike shorter distance and turn around when the tiny ones are ready). This trail also makes for a great intermediate hike for the older kids looking for a more adventurous/longer loop. There is a gradual climb and a glacial lake at the destination point, which is a reward for the kids/family to get to the lake. Bring a picnic and enjoy the beautiful views of the Spanish Peak Mountains.
Keep in mind it is important to pack layers and a raincoat. Mountain weather can change at any point. Be sure to check the forecast for the day before you head out on your adventure. Bring plenty of water and snacks. Hiking around Big Sky is an experience all ages will appreciate and enjoy. It is a rewarding activity to help foster a love of nature and the outdoors.