Lower Mt. Ellis Trail

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Lower Mt. Ellis Trail

6 miles (round-trip)

Duration: 3 to 4 hours

Difficulty: Easy to modertate

Elevation Gain: 2,400 feet

Activities: Hiking, trail running, cross-country skiing

Crowds: Light traffic

An active logging area, Lower Mt. Ellis Trail begins by crossing an open field with a gradual incline. At the top of the field, the trail continues up and around the backside of the mountain. The first half of the trail follows a logging road through a clearcut, which can make the trail confusing to follow, as it seems to disappear in the downed trees. By cutting straight up the flank at this point, hikers can gain the ridge and reach the summit of Lower Mt. Ellis. This hike starts out mild until about halfway up, where the final 1/2 mile to the summit gets steeper. 

Seasonal Conditions
The trail stays snowy until mid-May, and wet until the beginning of summer. It's also a good trail for a winter adventure with the right gear or a set of cross-country skis. 

Drive east on Kagy Blvd. until it becomes Bozeman Trail Rd. Turn right on Mt. Ellis Lane and drive south all the way to the gate denoting the recreation area.

Robert Stone's Lower Mt. Ellis Map

Map courtesy of Robert Stone's Day Hikes Around Bozeman, Montana.

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