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View from the Yaak Fire Lookout Tower (photo by Maddie Matarazzo)

View from the Yaak Fire Lookout Tower (photo by Maddie Matarazzo)

As the sun set the entire horizon turned bright red and a full moon began to rise. The only sound I could hear were the quiet rustles of the forest. 

Best hikes near Glacier National Park (photo: Kerry Neils)

Best hikes near Glacier National Park (photo: Kerry Neils)

Glacier National Park has unbelievable hiking, but, in the heart of summer, it can also have unbelievable crowds. Fortunately, the views, wildlife, and mountains don’t stop at the park boundary. Here are five suggestions for hikes near Glacier National Park that are sure to be hit.

Upper Cedar Lake in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness Area (photo by Aaron Theisen)

Upper Cedar Lake in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness Area (photo by Aaron Theisen)

When you’re hiking in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness, it’s common to go a whole day without seeing another person, to hear nothing but the wind in the Cedars. 

Upper Layout Creek in the Pryor Mountains (photo by Zack Porter)

Upper Layout Creek in the Pryor Mountains (photo by Zack Porter)

There’s still snow covering Montana’s high country, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of places to get out on the trail. 

View from Ross Creek Cedars trail (photo by Sandii Mellen)

View from Ross Creek Cedars trail (photo by Sandii Mellen)

This time of the year offers unique opportunities to explore our public lands. 

On a quest for standing petrified trees (photo by Roger Jenkins)

On a quest for standing petrified trees (photo by Roger Jenkins)

A “quest.” This is what my friend Mike called our first hike in search of some standing petrified trees in the northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park.