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Lower Blue Mountain Loop

Explore the maze of great trails at Blue Mountain

Hiking Moderate

7.9 km
301 m
301 m
2-3 hrs
Low Point
981 m
High Point
1.2 km
Lower Blue Mountain Loop Map

Blue Mountain is a fabulous spot at which to enjoy a quick fix of nature. The trails feel remarkably quiet but they sit amazingly close to Missoula, and accessing them couldn't be much easier. There is ample parking at the foot of Blue Mountain and it's also not super hard to bike from Missoula, so access is simple regardless of how you do it.


The trails at Blue Mountain are well signposted, and are numbered rather than named. This slightly unromantic approach to labelling makes navigation a simple, if somewhat dry experience!

There are virtually infinite trail combinations at Blue Mountain, but the loop we've drawn here is a nice way to start your exploration. If you check FATMAP and realise you've gone off route then it really doesn't matter - just use the line here as a guide and explore as you wish. All of the trails at Blue Mountain are well maintained and simple to travel and move through, so enjoy the process of discovering them as they lead you through forests and meadows. The views from the trail are exceptional and having seen them you'll understand why Montana is referred to as "Big Sky Country".

One thing to bear in mind is that Blue Mountain is not just a hiking destination - it's also popular with bikers and ATVers, so be aware of other users on the trails at all times.

If, after enjoying this sample of what Blue Mountain has to offer you want to explore further, check out our route to the mountain's summit here.



Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between May and October


  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Family friendly

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