Trails

Bear Canyon is a stream-fed canyon that drains the area between Mount Ellis and Chestnut Mountain southeast of Bozeman. The Bear Canyon trail follows Bear Creek up the lush, shady canyon and eventually to Bear Lakes. This trail stays close to the cascading waters of the creek, gaining relatively... Read more >>
Bozeman Creek Trail (aka, Sourdough) is an old logging road that parallels Bozeman Creek. The trail's proximity to town and easy grade make this a popular hiking, biking, and cross-country-skiing route. As an out-and-back, distance is up to you. Read more >>
This trail climbs 2,200 feet in 4.6 miles, past the spectacular Frog Rock pinnacles, to the ridge of Chestnut Mountain. After about a mile, a short spur trail traverses west, providing climbing access and a spectacular hike or bike ride to the base of Frog Rock. Read more >>
Drinking Horse Mountain is the prominent hill across from the popular “M” trail at the mouth of Bridger Canyon. The trail meanders along the Fish Technology Center to a bridge over Bridger Creek, followed by the official trail arch. After that comes a trail junction; either way is straight up to... Read more >>
The Blackmore Lake trail is a relatively short hike that begins near the northwest edge of Hyalite Reservoir. A dense pine forest and meadow surround this shallow lake, which lies beneath Mount Blackmore and Elephant Mountain. Read more >>
Located south of Bozeman past Hyalite Reservoir, Emerald Lake Trail follows the cascading East Fork of Hyalite Creek. The wooded trail has a mix of lodgepole pine, Engelmann spruce, and subalpine fir leading to Emerald Lake and Heather Lake. Read more >>
Emigrant Peak is a formidable mountain in the Absaroka Range, towering over Paradise Valley and the town of Emigrant. The ascent is relentless from the start—this is a trail for fit hikers only. Read more >>
Fairy Lake is a gorgeous green lake in a forested bowl at the base of Sacagawea Peak. The trail loops around the perimeter of the lake for an easy 1.2 miles. This is a great place to have a picnic, fish, and swim. Read more >>
With looming cliffs overhead and framed by lodgepole pines and moss-covered boulders, this trail captures all of the area's natural beauty without the elevation gain. Enjoy a long, leisurely, 5.5-mile hike. Read more >>
This hike has two routes. One follows an old double-track logging road, climbing steadily until the very end. The other is a steep singletrack that ties into the logging road about a half-mile below the peak. Read more >>
In the Gallatin Range lies a constellation of lakes, and all of their secrets, which can be found by you. Bring a fishing rod. Five of the lakes contain golden or rainbow trout (or both), and all enjoy the high-mountain air of a trail that begins above 8,000 feet. Read more >>
Located just south of Bozeman past Hyalite Reservoir, Hyalite Creek Trail is a great place for a scenic hike. With waterfalls scattered throughout a glacial U-shaped canyon, this out-and-back trail is well-maintained for hikers, bikers, and skiers of all abilities. Read more >>
This trail begins at the Gallatin River, across from the big pull-out at the 35-mph bridge. It follows Cascade Creek through a thick evergreen forest, continuing past a few waterfalls to a forest-lined lake surrounded by rock walls and treeless mountaintops. Read more >>
Leverich is a narrow canyon just south of Bozeman that's tucked between the two prominent drainages of Hyalite Canyon and Sourdough Canyon. The trail forms a loop on the canyon walls and follows the ridge overlooking Bozeman Creek and Sourdough Canyon. Read more >>
Dry when other trails aren't, L&C Caverns is a favorite spring ride for singletrack-hungry cyclists. It's good all year, but gets a fair bit of hiking traffic in the summer. Read more >>
A popular dog-walking trail, Mt. Ellis Trail begins by crossing an open field with a gradual incline. At the top of the field, the trail continues up and around the backside of the mountain. Read more >>
This is a solid point-to-point hike; just be sure to leave a car at the Sypes Canyon trailhead to avoid being stranded. To start, take the left-hand trail from the M trailhead and stay left at the junction... Read more >>
Mt. Baldy has several approaches; this is the steepest trail with about 4,300 feet of elevation gain in five miles. From the M trailhead, hike up the M to the ridge. Read more >>
At the mouth of Bridger Canyon is the landmark “M” created by Montana State University students in 1915. There are two routes to the M from the trailhead. Read more >>
New World Gulch is located southeast of Bozeman, branching off of Bear Canyon along the east slope of Mount Ellis. The stream-fed gulch is due north of Mystic Lake. Read more >>
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