Hiking the Blue Mountain Trail in Missoula

Admittedly, we’re still mired in cold, wintry weather here in Missoula – and loving it!  Even so, it’s never too early to start dreaming of your spring and summer trips to the area, which hopefully include great hiking trails like the Blue Mountain Trail in Missoula.  The Blue Mountain Trail is one of the closest hiking trails to our Missoula Bed and Breakfast and is an extraordinary way to explore the Blue Mountain Recreation Area in the Lolo National Forest.
The 5,500-acre Blue Mountain Recreation Area offers incomparable opportunities for hiking, birdwatching, and wildlife viewing just two miles from downtown Missoula.  Though you can drive to the top of Blue Mountain, it’s worth taking the time to hike up, and it makes the rewarding view at the top even better.
If you want to immerse yourself even further in the beautiful Blue Mountains of Montana, all you need to do is head a little further down the road to our Missoula Bed and Breakfast. The Blue Mountain Trail is just 3 miles from our Bed and Breakfast, giving you easy access to one of the top recreational areas in the city. From our Inn, you’ll also enjoy breathtaking views of the Bitterroot River, surrounding mountains, and valley below. With plenty of luxury and comfort surrounding you while here, it’s no wonder we’re rated as one of the best places to stay in Montana!  Come see it for yourself – book a room at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast today!
Middle aged couple heading out to hike the Blue Mountain Trail in Missoula

Hike the Blue Mountain Trail in Missoula

The Blue Mountain Trail is actually just one part of a network of trails in the Blue Mountain Recreation Area.  As we mentioned before, Blue Mountain is also one of the few peaks that can be reached by car.  You’d need to drive up Forest Service roads 365 and 2137, and there you’ll find an old fire lookout that offers spectacular views of the Missoula and Bitterroot Valleys.
If you want to hike through the Lolo National Forest, you have a number of options, ranging from short 1/4 mile jaunts on the Blue Mountain Nature Trail to a long 9.8-mile trek along the Blue Mountain Lookout Trail. However you choose to proceed, the Blue Mountain Trail Head is located on Forest Hill Lane, just off Highway 93.
Generally, any of the trails on the Blue Mountain Trail network are best used between the months of May and November. Besides just enjoying plenty of forested scenery, the trails also provide excellent opportunities for viewing wildlife, and in the spring are replete with stunning wildflowers.
Many of these trails are dog-friendly, too, so if you happen to have your favorite four-legged friend with you, this is a great place to stretch everyone’s legs. Did we mention some of the guest rooms in the Hawk Hill House at our Missoula MT Bed and Breakfast are pet-friendly?  That’s right!  Now you can bring your four-legged companions along as you hike the Blue Mountain Trail in Missoula.
As great as the Blue Mountain Trail network is, there is so much more great hiking in Missoula. Here’s a great Missoula hiking guide to get you started – and don’t forget your best local resource; our Innkeepers!
After you've hiked the Blue Mountain Trail, wake up to views like this at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast.

Best Place to Stay in Missoula

Missoula is ranked highly as one of the best places to stay in Montana, and for a good reason!  There are so many great things to do in Missoula, including hiking along the scenic Blue Mountain Trail. Undoubtedly, your trip is going to be filled with fun adventures like these, and at the end of the day, you’re going to want a place to put up your feet and relax.  That’s where our Bed and Breakfast comes in – ranked as one of the best places to stay in Missoula!
There is a lot to love about our Missoula Bed and Breakfast, including the fact that it’s not located directly in town.  Our secluded location near the Blue Mountain Recreation Area is close enough to downtown Missoula to enjoy the best of it, including the top Missoula breweries, restaurants, museums, and more. However, the rural location of our Missoula Bed and Breakfast also means you’ll be able to soak up the tranquil quiet of Missoula’s rural countryside. We offer guests the perfect blend between rustic and elegant accommodations, set amidst stunning natural surroundings. Is there any wonder so many people think we’re one of the best places to stay in Missoula?
As exciting as Missoula is (and why it ranks as one of the best places to stay in Montana), our Bed and Breakfast also offers our guests various onsite leisure activities to enjoy while here.  Moreover, each morning here will start with a delightful breakfast. It’s the perfect fuel for whatever adventure lies ahead. Why not choose the best of the best when it comes to places to stay in Missoula? Book your room at our Missoula MT Bed and Breakfast today!

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