Length: 11 miles (round-trip to Hyalite Lake)
Duration: 4-6 hours
Elevation Gain: 1,900 feet
Activities: Hiking, mountain biking, trail running, cross-country skiing
Crowds: Heavy traffic
Located just south of Bozeman past Hyalite Reservoir, Hyalite Creek Trail is a great place for a scenic hike or an active trail run. 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. The trail runs all the way up to Hyalite Lake–Hyalite Peak is an extra two miles beyond for those interested in a longer journey. This trek is doable for most skill levels, and the beauty surrounding the trail is unmatched. Hikers look out for bikers, and vice versa. Carry bear spray.
Snow sticks around up Hyalite Creek well into the spring, so be wary of dangerous run-off conditions. During the winter, wear gear for slick, icy conditions; it's a bit of a trek over the ice but seeing the frozen waterfalls is worth it. Another option is to strap into a pair of cross-country skis for a beautiful winter trip.
Head south on 19th Ave. and turn left onto Hyalite Canyon Rd. Drive past the reservoir. Keep right at the fork and take the road to its end at the Hyalite Creek parking lot.
Map courtesy of Robert Stone's Day Hikes Around Bozeman, Montana.