Bear Canyon Trail

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Average: 3 (2 votes)


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 little elevation and making for a very pleasant hike. Beyond the turnaround for this hike, the trail climbs to Bear Lakes at 6,900 feet, and ties into the Chestnut Mountain trail. 

Bear Canyon, Bozeman, Cross-Country Skiing

Directions: Head east on I-90 and take the Bear Canyon exit, the first exit east of Bozeman. Turn right on Bozeman Trail Rd. and then make a quick left onto Bear Canyon Rd. Drive about four miles to the parking area at the end of the road. 

For a map of this trail, click hereMap courtesy of Robert Stone's Day Hikes Around Bozeman, Montana

Trail Info

4.4 miles round trip
Elevation Gain
400 feet
2.5 hours


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August 4, 2014 - 1:06pm by: Morgan
An easy nice hike or bike ride, but you can often find yourself surrounded by the hum of four-wheelers and dirt bikes. More or less uphill all the way.
Average: 3 (1 vote)
August 5, 2014 - 10:37am by: Johnny Certo
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Great trail it's tall, wide, and handsome. Try climbing on the rock formations near the path for excellent views of the canyon.
Average: 3 (1 vote)
August 13, 2014 - 9:54am by: Felicia Hamilton
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It's a gorgeous area but the drive up can be a bit daunting at times. Take the right car and you're set.
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August 15, 2014 - 1:50pm by: Isaac Lorton
Extremely close to town, it is an enjoyable hike, almost always going uphill. I like the drive leading up to the canyon and the beauty of the canyon itself.
Average: 3 (1 vote)
July 19, 2015 - 6:03pm by: Mark Demaline
Great hike back to the logging roads. Easy uphill and the medows are beautiful.

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