"The whole state is off the..." Montana Off The Beaten Path Tip by Beast

Montana Off The Beaten Path: 40 reviews and 43 photos


<FONT COLOR = 0000FF><B>The whole state is off the beaten path. If the opportunity arrises take a drive from Missoula to Great Falls and then head north along the eastern divde of the Rockies to Browning. Then head west to <A HREF = 'http://www.nps.gov/glac/home'>Glacier National Park</A> or stay north and see the Glacier/Waterton side of the park. The country side is astounding and rugged. On the other side of the park, west by Kalispell and Columbia Falls, you will find the more popular entrance. Make sure you plan an entire day for driving around the park. You can drive the Going to the Sun road to an exquisite pass where there is a ranger station, view point and a board walk trail. The board walk trail will take you up to another pass (1/2 mile) where you can look down into a crystal blue lake surrounded by high, rugged, grainte peaks with snow tucked away in most of the shadows. You will more than likely see mountain goats at very close range. Grizzlies can often be seen if you have binoculars. This is a heavenly place but the treat of Grizzly Bear problems is very real and serious. So pay attention especially if you hike further into the park and are with children.

If you like to hike and backpack you'll think you were in heaven. Anywhere is good. Anywhere, the fishing is great as well, although you probably don't want to go walking around with the fish you catch in your pack while you hike back to your car/camp...bears will smell you miles away. Other than Glacier, word has it that grizzlies have been spotted in the Bitteroot/Selway wilderness and I know they are in the Mission Wilderness. That being the case they are also likely in the Bob Marshall because its just on the other side of the highway from the Mission Wilderness. More on these two wildernesses below. The picture is of St. Mary's Lake in the Glacier/Waterton side of the park.

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  • Written Aug 24, 2002
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