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High, Wide and Handsome Hike

A beautiful hike which provides huge views across Missoula and the Bitterroot Valley

Hiking Difficult

18 km
660 m
660 m
4-5 hrs
Low Point
1.2 km
High Point
1.8 km
High, Wide and Handsome Hike Map

Starting and finishing in one of Missoula's most affluent neighbourhoods, this is a fabulous trip. The trail can be done on either foot or bike, and ascends and descends the same way, so be aware of other users on the way up and down.


The climb up High, Wide and Handsome (which is named after a slogan often used to describe Montana, and an accompanying book) is long but relatively easy, with no overly steep sections. There are great views from many points on the ascent, and these provide some wonderful distractions from the effort of climbing.

After countless switchbacks the trail begins to flatten, and leads to the wonderful loop around the summit of Mount Dean Stone. The summit tower itself is on private land (and inaccessible as a result) but the loop around it is only about 3km, easy and wonderfully scenic. The flowers, trees and vistas would each make the loop worth it on their own - combined they make it irresistible.

On the way down, enjoy the views but stay alert to bikers coming from behind you - the ride down High, Wide and Handsome is pretty fast and furious so cyclists will be coming down at a decent pace! The trail leads easily back to your start point and you'll then be spoiled for options to replenish any spent calories when you get back into Missoula!



Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

between May and October


  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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