Hiking Trails

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

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Dry when other trails aren't, L&C Caverns is a favorite spring ride for singletrack-hungry cyclists. It's good all year, but gets a fair bit of hiking traffic in the summer. Read more >>
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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 makes this a popular hiking, biking, and cross-country-skiing route. Read more >>
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Pine Creek Lake is a pristine alpine lake set in a huge glacial cirque on the north slope of Mount Black. The trail is well-defined and meanders through forest en route to the base of Pine Creek Falls. 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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Palisade Falls is located south of Bozeman, in the Hyalite Recreation Area, just beyond the reservoir. The trail begins at the East Fork of Hyalite Crk., then follows a tributary for approximately a half-mile to a bridge fronting the falls. Read more >>
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The Triple Tree Trail is a short drive south 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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Drinking Horse Mountain is the prominent mountain situated above the Bozeman Fish Technology Center. The trail is conveniently located close to Bozeman across from the popular “M” trail. The trail starts heading downhill then meandering to a 50 foot-long bridge, followed by the trail entrance. Read more >>
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Fairy Lake is a gorgeous green lake in a forested bowl at the base of Sacagawea Peak. The trail loops around the perimeter of the lake for an easy 1.2 miles. This is a great place to have a picnic, fish, and swim. The lake is a short distance from the Fairy Lake Campground. Read more >>
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Leverich is a narrow canyon just south of Bozeman that's tucked between the two prominent drainages of Hyalite Canyon and Sourdough Canyon. The trail forms a loop on the canyon walls and follows the ridge overlooking Bozeman Creek and Sourdough Canyon. 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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Located south of Bozeman past Hyalite Reservoir, Emerald Lake Trail follows the cascading East Fork of Hyalite Creek. The wooded trail has a mix of lodgepole pine, Engelmann spruce, and subalpine fir leading to Emerald Lake and Heather Lake. 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 just south of Bozeman past Hyalite Reservoir, Hyalite Creek Trail is a great place for a scenic hike. With waterfalls scattered throughout a glacial U-shaped canyon, this out-and-back trail is well-maintained for hikers, bikers, and skiers of all abilities. 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 pole. Five of the lakes contain golden or rainbow trout, or both, and enjoy the high-mountain air of a trail that begins above 8,000 feet. Read more >>
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With the looming cliffs overhead, the trail runs along the Gallatin River with a much flatter terrain. Filled with trees, especially lodgepole pines, moss covered boulders, and streams feeeding the Gallatin, the trail captures all of the areas natural beauty without the elevation gain. Read more >>
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