- Outdoor Recreation
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- Plan Your Trip
Look at a map of Big Sky, Montana. Mountainous terrain spreads out in every direction. We literally sit in the middle of Madison Range. Just to the east is the Gallatin Range. To the southwest the vast expanse of Yellowstone National Park begins. It's wild country that's meant to be explored.
One of the best ways to explore Big Sky's backyard is a backpacking trip. Pack your gear, hop on the old heel toe express, and hit the trail into the Madison Range or the Gallatin Range for a few days. Big Sky's massive outdoor playground will blow your mind!
The Spanish Peaks | Photo: A Mountain Journey
Gallatin Crest Trail | Photo: A Mountain Journey
HIlgard Basin | Photo: AMountainJourney
There is so much to explore in around Big Sky! Pull out the map, get creative, and create your own backpacking trip. Don't solely rely on these vague route descriptions. Plan your trip according to your skill set, knowledge, and physical ability. Pick up any and all of the gear you need to backpack in grizzly country (maps, packs, warm clothes, snacks, bear spray, etc) from outdoor shops in Big Sky.
These popular backpacking trips near Big Sky will take you deep into wild country and you need to be prepared. You are responsible for your own actions when in the backcountry. These routes will venture on and off trail. You'll follow ridge lines, camp at alpine lakes, summit towering peaks, see wild animals, and have a blast - but your personal safety needs to be your top priority.