The “Winter Tour” is a trail that runs between Bozeman and Jackson, Wyoming, and, according to OnlyInYourState.com, National Geographic named this particular trail one of the top trails on EARTH.
This 216-mile route is apparently not suitable for novice hikers, but it does run through some of the most scenic areas of public land in the continental United States…and the world. The Winter Tour was listed as the 11th best hiking trail out of 20. The other 19 best trails included locations in Iceland, Nepal, Switzerland and Uganda, among others.
Here are some pictures (all from Flickr) posted with an article on OnlyInYourState.com:
While this route is sure to be beautiful, it’s not without peril. Slab avalanches and unpredictable weather make this wintertime trek only fit for seasoned explorers. Anker recommends traversing the snowy terrain on skis, though of course if you can also make the journey in the spring or summer. In fact, it’s recommend that you do wait until early spring to attempt the trail in order to avoid the worst of the avalanche conditions and enjoy slightly warmer temperatures.
National Geographic also listed the Granite Peak hike in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness among the best hikes, too. This one was also listed 11th out of 20 and included other hike locations in China, New Guinea, Scotland, India and more. It is a 21-25 mile hike for hikers who are not afraid to get technical.
There you have it. National Geographic confirmed what we already knew–Montana has some of the most amazing scenery in the world. Let’s just hope their article doesn’t bring out-of-staters here that want to change our way of life….we have enough of those already.