Hiking & Backpacking

 

Bozeman is fortunate to have a great system of trails in and around town—within 20 miles you'll find enough hiking to keep your adventurous side occupied well into the future. Trails are varied, some heading into the mountains, with ups and downs, and rocky, rugged conditions underfoot. Others make for a casual afternoon outing. No matter which trail you choose, be ready for the best views of the Gallatin Valley and six different mountain ranges.


Pine Creek, alpine lake, Montana
Slepian, Maggie
Three chest-thumping hikes to finish your summerPick one: Read more >>
Reuss, Dave
Tired of hiking the same old circuit of trails around Bozeman? Check out the new edition of Robert Stone’s Day Hikes Around Bozeman (Day Hike Books, $16) for plenty of beautiful hikes you’ve never done before, all within a 90-mile radius from Bozeman. Read more >>
Oboz Madison Boots
Stoops, Kira
These comfy-cute snow boots belie a beastly survival instinct. I jumped into ankle-deep half-frozen puddles, and watched the water just roll off. Trekking up snowy, wet trails, I couldn’t keep them dirty. Icy concrete? No slipping. Read more >>
Howlett, David
I’ve put many expensive boots and shoes to the test over the years, so I was quite surprised at the performance, fit, and features of the moderately priced Mou Read more >>
MAVEN B.3 Bino
McCarthy, Chris
It happens all the time: you’re cruising down some backroad and off in the distance… is that a rock or a bear? I wish I had my binoculars in the truck…Well wish no more. The Maven B.3 10x30 binoculars are the compact answer to seeing a long distance. Read more >>
Big Creek trail
Stone, Robert
Hiking the Big Creek trail. Read more >>
Lorpen T3 Light Hiker Shorty, Montana Hiking
England, Mike
Gone are the days of 12-pack tube-socks, worn until hole-ridden, stinky, and stained; today’s high-impact outdoor activities call for socks that match the rest of one’s apparel in performance, comfort, and moisture-control. Read more >>
Garmont Dragontail MNT GTX, Montana Hiking
Howlett, David
I often transition from one excursion to the next, which may have me walking the banks of the river one day, followed up by a rigorous hike on the next, or on a real good day, both. Therefore, I must have footwear that can perform in various environments. Read more >>
Rapid Rifle Cover Bear-Spray Holster
England, Mike
A pissed-off griz can be on you in seconds, which makes your pepper spray pretty much worthless if not instantly deployed. Problem is, ease of access leads to ease of accident, as branches snag the bottle or it slips out when you drop your pack. Read more >>
Golden Trout Lakes, Montana
Stone, Robert
Hiking Golden Trout Lakes. Read more >>
LOWA vantage GTX
McCarthy, Chris
It’s been a constant problem for me with mid-height hikers: regardless of brand, the boots rub on the insides of my ankles. I mess with the lacing. Move the tongue to different places. Try socks of different thickness. Read more >>
Scarpa Oxigen GTX, Scarpa day-hikers
Howlett, David
I don’t think I’m asking too much out of my shoes—I only need them to be waterproof, breathable, comfortable, stylish, and versatile enough for a rugged trail hike followed by an evening on the town with friends. Enter the Oxigen GTX from the fine folks at Scarpa. Read more >>
gorp, trail food, Bozeman, Montana
Brayton, Lea
Fuel for the trail. Read more >>
Gallatin Valley Land Trust, Main Street to the Mountains
Brayton, Lea
Gallatin Valley Land Trust summer walks. Read more >>
Photo by Drew Stoecklein
Brayton, Lea
Alpine lakes worth the walk. Read more >>
The Great One, Skiing in Montana, Outside Bozeman
the editors
Multi-sport adventures are a rite of spring in Montana, and as such, we’ve created a contest to honor them. You have from sun-up to sundown to complete the ultimate outdoor experience of your choice, completing a minimum of three activities. Read more >>
hiking etiquette, outdoor rules, outside bozeman
Carbery, Deborah
A plea for outdoor etiquette.  Read more >>
footwear, Outside Bozeman, Montana
Solomon, Morgan
I want three things in an all-season hiking boot: a waterproof exterior, breathability, and a sneaker-like feel. The Verterra Mid Waterproof by Merrell fits the bill, allowing me to take a hike in any season. Read more >>
Yellowstone hot pots, Yellowstone National Park, geyser basin
Drew Pogge
Do-not-miss Yellowstone features.  Read more >>
Lakes in Montana, alpine lakes, lake fishing
Pierre, Mike
Take a break at a lakeWhen you choose to live in Bozeman, you give yourself the chance to explore Montana’s spectacular backcountry. Take a break from the grind and visit one of the following alpine lakes for quiet solitude and great fishing. Read more >>
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