Lower Mt. Ellis Trail

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Lower Mt. Ellis Trail

7.5 miles

Duration: 4.5 hours

Difficulty: Easy to modertate

Elevation Gain: 1,600 feet

Activities: Hiking, trail running

Crowds: Light traffic

A popular dog-walking trail, 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. While recent logging work has made the trail less scenic and somewhat confusing, the views from the top are epic on all sides. This hike starts out mild until about halfway up, where the final 1/2 mile to the summit gets steeper. The trail stays snowy until mid-May, so plan accordingly.

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

For a map of this trail, click here. Map courtesy of Robert Stone's Day Hikes Around Bozeman, Montana.

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