Bozeman Creek Trail

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Mystic Lake, Bozeman

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; take a short jaunt or hike the full 10 miles to Mystic Lake, where the trail officially ends (additional logging roads and connector trails exist). In the winter, the trail is groomed by the Bridger Ski Foundation, making for a fun skate-ski as well. 

Directions: From Kagy & S. Church, head south on Sourdough Rd., eventually turning right onto Nash Rd. and then making a quick left onto Sourdough Canyon Rd. Follow Sourdough Canyon Rd. to the parking lot and trailhead. 

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

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January 10, 2012 - 8:30am by: Mike England
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This trail is one of my favorites, supporting a wide range of activities for Bozemanites of all inclinations. Hiking, biking, XC skiing... you name it. Short drive and you can hike as long as you want on this out-and-back trail. Expect plenty of dogs.
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July 11, 2012 - 3:56pm by: kate
a great place to trail run in the summer. lots of shade and water for you and the dog. it gets cooler and humid the farther you hike; i do hate the bugs on this trail, though. i usually get stalked by bees like i'm covered in honey. on the plus side, i do run faster when i'm trying to escape.
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July 14, 2013 - 4:11pm by: David R
Absolutely lovely lake at the end of a great biking trail.
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December 31, 2013 - 12:48pm by: Tony Z
It's a great trail for winter running, too. The mile markers are a nice bonus.
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July 17, 2014 - 1:07pm by: Maggie H
Bozeman Creek offers something for everybody: gradual uphills for runners, water for the pooches, beautifully groomed cross-country ski trails in the winter (for skate and classic), and mountain biking for riders of all levels. The logging road is great for novice or casual bikers, while the single track (and its "Wall of Death") are best left to the more experienced. Pick up after your dog.
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August 4, 2014 - 2:22pm by: Johnny Certo
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Went up here a few weeks ago. I loved the scenery, and we found a cool spot next to the river ideal for relaxing. This one is worth it, even if it's crowded.
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August 15, 2014 - 1:24pm by: Isaac Lorton
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A calm, easy trail for hikes and a great trail for running. It is easily accessible, but that comes with often being crowded.
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March 4, 2015 - 1:22pm by: Kevin K
I love biking this trail. Personally, I enjoy taking it nice and slow all the way to Mystic Lake, relaxing by the water, then bombing the awesome 3 miles of singletrack back down to the logging road. This loop is a must do for area mountain bikers.
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April 23, 2015 - 2:42pm by: velisha
Can anyone tell me how much snow is up here right now? 4/23/15
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February 6, 2016 - 8:26pm by: alex m
nice trail. always wonder how the canyon got its name. can anyone tell me?

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