South Cottonwood Creek Trail
Located southwest of Bozeman, the South Cottonwood Trail follows South Cottonwood Creek through a dense old-growth forest with lush riparian areas and meadows, criss-crossing the creek along the way. This well-maintained trail is great for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking. The path connects to Hyalite Canyon via the History Rock trail at 6 miles and the Mount Blackmore trail at 8 miles, offering both short and full-day adventures. Choose an out-and-back at whatever distance, or drop a vehicle up Hyalite for a point-to-point hike or ride. This is a great trail on a hot day, as the frigid creek provides ongoing replenishment for hot humans and dogs alike.
Directions: Take S. 19th out past Hyalite to the intersection with Cottonwood Rd. Turn left and wind through a big right bend before taking another left Cottonwood Canyon Rd. From there, it's about 2 miles to the trailhead at the end of the road.
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