While Big Sky might be most famous for skiing and snowboarding, the winter hiking in Big Sky is also world-class. Tucked in the middle of the mighty Madison Range, Big Sky offers endless hiking opportunities. The sprawling Gallatin Range sits just across the Gallatin River and Yellowstone National Park is around the corner.  It’s the ideal place to get outside and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Montana while it’s under a blanket of snow.


Let's explore 5 of Big Sky's Best trails for Winter Hiking:

  1. Ousel Falls - 1.6 miles round trip - Ousel Falls is one of Big Sky’s most popular hikes. The trail sees steady traffic year-round, making it a good and short winter hike that’s conveniently located near Town Center. Enjoy the forested scenery as you make your way through the South Fork Ravine and up to the waterfalls.
  2. Hummocks - 3 miles round trip - Hummocks is a dog-friendly trail within sight of Big Sky's town center.  It's known for three lollipop loops along rolling hills, making it popular among users who want to customize the length of their hike. 
  3. Uplands Trail - 2 miles round trip - Taking off at the same trailhead as Hummocks, Uplands is a steady uphill climb for the first mile bringing hikers to an incredible viewpoint of Lone Mountain, Cedar Mountain, and Beehive Basin.  To create a much larger loop, hikers can join the Hummocks trail via Adam's Connector halfway through the uphill. 
  4. Lava Lake - 6 miles round trip - Lava Lake is located near the 35 MPH Bridge in the Gallatin Canyon. The trail heads into the mountains along Cascade Creek and delivers you to an outstanding alpine lake in the vast Lee Metcalf Wilderness.
  5. Beehive Basin - 6.6 miles round trip - Voted one of the best hikes in the world, Beehive Basin starts in the high country and allows you to travel on a well-trodden trail through a series of meadows into a stunning alpine cirque. Be advised that this trail is rated moderately difficult and the snow can be deep, making travel challenging. It’s also imperative to watch out for backcountry skiers and snowboarders and practice avalanche safety. 

While these five hikes stand out as some of the most popular options for winter trekking in Big Sky, countless trails are waiting to be explored.  Stop by any of Big Sky's outdoor retailers to grab gear and get more information about winter hiking in and around Big Sky. A winter trail map for BSCO trails can be downloaded here.

Breathe in that fresh mountain air and make winter hiking a must-do during your visit to our charming mountain town. As always, remember to practice preparedness for your outdoor adventure by packing essential gear to stay warm, dry, hydrated, and safe out on the trails. Hike with a friend and let others know where you will be going. 


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