Day hikes around Bozeman
The "M". Northeast of Bozeman a couple
miles. Nicely maintained trails. Easy to moderate difficulty.
Duration 15 to 60 minutes.
Great view of Bozeman and Gallatin valley. Non motorized.
"Above the M". A trail continues above the
"M" and follows Bridger Ridge for over 20 miles.
Baldy Peak is about 5 miles above the
M. Continue on to Saddle, Bridger, Ross, and Sacajawea Peaks.
"Sourdough Trail". Trail follows Bozeman
Creek south of Bozeman along South 3rd St.
" Bozeman Creek Trail". South of Bozeman
about 5 miles. Popular trail for hiking, biking and skiing.
Trails leads to Mystic Lake at about
8 miles. Easy difficulty. Expect company. Non motorized.
"Sypes Canyon Trail". 5 miles NE of Bozeman
along west side of Bridger Mountains. Trailhead in a
residential subdivision. Trail
connects to the Bridger Foothills Trail and the "M". Easy to
"Cottonwood Creek Trail". North of Sypes
Canyon a couple miles. Trail heads east into the Bridgers
and connects with the Bridger
"Truman Gulch Trail". North of Cottonwood
about 4 miles. Connects to Bridger Foothills Trail.
"Corbly Canyon Trail". North of Truman about
3 miles. Connects to Bridger Foothills Trail.
"Brackett Creek Trail". East side of the
Bridgers past Bridger Bowl Ski Resort. Old logging roads and
trails lead westward toward Ross
"Sacajawea Peak Trail". North of Brackett
Creek near Fairy Lake. Trail climbs to top of Sacajawea Peak
in less than 3 miles. Sacajawea
Peak is the highest point in the Bridger Mountains. A fantastic view of
the entire Gallatin Valley.
Expect wind. Moderate difficulty.
"Mount Blackmore Trail". Drive about 15 miles
south of Bozeman up Hyalite Canyon. Trailhead located
at the reservoir and winds to the
south about 4 or 5 miles to the top of Mount Blackmore. Non-motorized.
"South Cottonwood Trail". About 7 miles south
of Bozeman. Trail follows the creek to the south for
about 10 or 12 miles. You can
connect with the Mount Blackmore Trail. Beautiful canyon and peaks.
"Palisade Falls Trail". Drive past Hyalite
reservoir and turn left to trailhead. Easy paved trail to the falls.
"Emerald and Heather Lake Trail". Drive past
Palisade Falls Trailhead 2 miles. Trail winds to the southeast
about 6 or 7 miles to Emerald and
Heather Lakes. Incredible views of 10,000 foot peaks on all sides.
Great fishing for Westslope Cutthroat
Trout and Grayling.
"Hyalite Peak Trail". Drive past Hyalite
Reservoir and stay right past Palisade Falls turn. 3 miles to trailhead.
Trail heads south along Hyalite Creek
and a half-dozen beautiful water falls. Continue to Hyalite Peak about
6 or 7 miles up. More
spectacular views of 10,000 foot rocky peaks. This trail begins the
section of the Gallatin Crest Trail.
One of my favorite areas!
"Storm Castle Trail". Drive up the Gallatin
Canyon (US191) and turn left up Squaw Creek. Continue
about 2 or 3 miles to
trailhead. Trail is a steep 2 mile climb to the north to the top of Castle
"Spanish Creek Trailhead". Near the mouth of
the Gallatin Canyon (US191) turn west up Spanish Creek.
About 8 beautiful miles through the
Flying D ranch to the trailhead. Keep your eyes open for elk and
bison. Trails heads south along
Spanish Creek then to numerous high-mountain lakes. An easy hike
along the creek but eventually
steepens and climbs to the lakes. Beautiful wilderness area.
OK. I need a breather. More hikes added later.
Backpack Trips in the Gallatin Canyon
Most of the day-hikes above can be extended into overnight backpacking
The Spanish Peaks and Madison Range offer numerous trailheads
with spectacular scenery and hundreds of miles
The Gallatin Range also offers many trails and a number of
gravel roads reaching back into the canyons
for some great car-camping too.
The Madison Valley
I grew up in Ennis within the Madison Valley, so I
have a ton of outdoor info on that area too. Send me an email
with your questions.
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