Hiking Trails

Reviews and details about southwest Montana's most popular hiking trails.

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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. Read more >>
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Storm Castle is a rocky peak sitting atop the east wall of Gallatin Canyon. The hike begins at Storm Castle Creek and climbs the mountain's south-facing slope to a dramatic, multi-tiered summit, where there are sweeping 360-degree views of the adjacent mountains and canyons.  Read more >>
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Bear Trap Canyon is a spectacular drainage encompassing 6,000 acres in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness within the Madison Range. The Madison River, its headwaters in Yellowstone National Park, rages through the remote, roadless canyon for 9 miles, from Ennis Lake to the Madison River Bridge.  Read more >>
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The Triple Tree Trail is on the south side of Bozeman. The trail begins on a grassy ridge, crosses Limestone Creek several times, and loops through state land on the northwest slope of Mount Ellis. There is a steep climb to the summit offering great views of the Gallatin Valley.     Read more >>
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Chestnut Mountain Trail climbs 2,200 feet in 4.6 miles, past the spectacular Frog Rock pinnacles, to the ridge of Chestnut Mountain. At 1.2 miles, a one-mile spur trail traverses west, providing climbing access and a spectacular hike or bike ride to the base of Frog Rock. Read more >>
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The Story Hills sit on the northeast corner of Bozeman. The privately-owned property is open for recreation to the public during daylight hours. This is a great in-town biking, running, or dog-walking destination with nice views of the Gallatin Valley. Read more >>
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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. For a steep and direct ascent, continue straight/right at the first junction; for an easier and longer ascent, take a hard left. Read more >>
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Sacagawea Peak is the highest point in the Bridger Range. The mountain can be accessed from the west side of the Bridgers, but the most popular route is the trail from the east, starting from the Fairy Lake Campground. Read more >>
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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 >>
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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. Read more >>
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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 >>
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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. Read more >>
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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. Read more >>
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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, which becomes the Bridger Foothills Trail. Read more >>
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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 >>
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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 >>
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Emigrant Peak is a formidable mountain in the Absaroka Range, towering over Paradise Valley and the town of Emigrant. Read more >>
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