Bozeman Creek Trail

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 Mystic Lake, Bozeman

1.5 miles (round-trip to the most popular turnaround) or 20 miles (round-trip to Mystic Lake)

Duration: 30 minutes to all day

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Elevation Gain: 40 to 1,552 feet 

Activities: Hiking, mountain biking, trail running, cross-country skiing, fishing, camping

Crowds: Heavy traffic

Bozeman Creek Trail (aka, Sourdough Canyon) 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, the distance is up to you: Take a short jaunt, or hike the full 10 miles to Mystic Lake, where the trail officially ends. Bring a rod for brook, rainbow, and cutthroat trout if you plan to head to Mystic Lake, or reserve the Mystic Lake Cabin year-round for an overnight stay. 

Seasonal Conditions
In winter, the short trail is groomed by the Bridger Ski Foundation, making for a fun skate-ski or cross-country ski. During and just after rain, rocks on the trail will be slippery. Be aware of hunters in the fall if you continue toward Mystic Lake. 

From Kagy Blvd. & S. Church Ave., head south on Sourdough Rd., eventually turning right onto Nash Rd. Make a quick left onto Sourdough Canyon Rd., then follow the road 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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