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A view of Ten Lakes Scenic Area from Green Mountain. (Photo by Dee Linnell Blank)

Comprised of 34,000 acres in the Whitefish Mountains along the Canadian border, the Ten Lakes Wildernesss Study Area (WSA) offers stunning views of lakes, forests and towering cliffs.

View north from West Peak in the Big Snowy Mountains (photo by Dexter Hale)

The Big Snowy Mountains lie smack-dab in the heart of the Treasure State, just south of its geographic center in Lewistown.

Spectacular cliffs studded with Ponderosa pine jut out from surrounding prairies and provide habitat for a variety of wildlife (photo by Forrest Theisen)

Spectacular cliffs studded with ponderosa pine jut out from surrounding prairies and provide habitat for a variety of wildlife.

Coming down from Mt. Aeneas in Jewel Basin (photo by Teresa Meienberg)

Birch Lake, in the Jewel Basin east of Kalispell, has it all.

Looking west toward the Beartooth Mountains from the southern Pryor Mountains (Photo by John Boehmke)

The Pryor Mountains feature old mining roads and rugged trails, perfect for snowshoeing and hiking.

The view from Homestake Pass trail. (Barbara Geller)

This section of the Continental Divide Trail offers smooth dirt surfaces, which makes for easy miles, and you can choose to make this scenic central Montana hike as short or as long as you want.