Storm Castle Peak Trail

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Storm Castle Trail

Length: 
5 miles (round-trip)

Duration: 1.5 to 2.5 hours

Difficulty: Moderate to difficult

Elevation Gain: 2,300 feet 

Activities: Hiking, trail-running

Traffic: Moderate (but heavy during summer)
 

About
Storm Castle (a.k.a. Castle Rock) is a rocky peak sitting atop the east wall of Gallatin Canyon. The steady up-hill 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. 

Seasonal Conditions
The gate to the trailhead is locked until mid-spring for cross-country skiers and snowmobilers, so anyone who gets bitten by the hiking bug early will have to park just behind the Shenago helipad—this can add two miles of flat hiking down the access road. And while the south-facing aspects will be snowless (but probably muddy), the shaded spots can hide a little snow and ice, so snow spikes—or at least decent hiking boots—can be a good idea. One last word of caution: this area is notorious for ticks in the spring, so double check pets, kids, and your own nooks and crannies when you get back home. 

Directions
From Four Corners, take Hwy. 191 south toward Big Sky. Drive 16.7 miles to Storm Castle Rd. (formerly Squaw Creek Rd.) on the left, between mile-markers 66 and 65. Turn left, cross the bridge over the Gallatin River, and curve to the right. Continue 1.9 miles to the posted parking area on the left. 

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

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