The Gallatin Range is home to large numbers of endangered species and ancient petrified forests.
Hyalite Peak is the second-highest peak in the northern Gallatin Range (Mounts Bole and Chisholm are the highest), and it occupies the southern apex of the vast U-shaped Hyalite headwaters. Hyalite Peak’s gentle triangular shape and large north-facing snow bowl are plainly visible from Hyalite Reservoir, beckoning skiers and hikers to make the approach. Today, two excellent pack-trails run from Hyalite Canyon into Squaw and Swan creeks. The trail into Swan Creek crosses directly over the summit of Hyalite Peak, the monarch of Hyalite Canyon.