Welcome to the Trail Well Traveled!
Each Friday, in partnership with Montana Wilderness Association we will feature a new western Montana trail and then give you some helpful details and tips to get on your way!
This weekend, we’ll refrain from picking a single trail and instead pick an entire network of good hiking options. It’s called Makoshika State Park, and with dozens of options – as well as dozens of campsites – you’re sure to find a new place to explore every time you set out.
Makoshika State Park
Directions: The park is located just east of Glendive, so from Missoula you’ll head east on Interstate 90 to Billings and then take I-94 north towards Bismark, North Dakota. At Glendive, take the first exit on to the 94 business loop (also known as West Towne Street), cross the Yellowstone River and then turn right on South Merrill Avenue. Turn left again onto Douglas Street and then, at the fork, turn left onto East Barry Street. Follow it about four blocks, then turn right onto South Taylor Avenue. After another six blocks or so, turn left onto Snyder Street and that will take you right into the park.
What to expect: Montana’s largest state park, the badlands in Makoshika date back to the time of dinosaurs, with lots of fossils discovered here over the generations. There are plenty of ways to investigate these fossils and enjoy the fascinating vistas and geology among the series of trails, and with a diversity of length and difficulty there’s a hike for anyone.
You can find specific details about six of them on Montana Wilderness Association’s online hiking guide: Gunners-Graveyard Bucket Loop, Kinney Coulee Trail, Doc Hiatt Trail, Cap Rock-Natural Bridge Trail, Diane Gabriel-Hadrosaur Trail and Gunners Ridge Trail. Just head over hike.wildmontana.org, plug “Makoshika” into the search window, pick your distance and you’re good to go!
Learn more about this trail, file your own trip report and photos, or check out some other great hikes at hikewildmontana.org. And don’t forget to tune in to the Trail 103.3 each Friday at 9:45 am for the next featured trail and your chance to win!
Big thanks to Rangitsch Bros RV for sponsoring the Trail Well Traveled. Proudly serving Missoula for over 56 years, whatever camper best suits your needs Rangitsch Bros has got it!