Emerald Lake Trail

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 Emerald Lake, Hyalite Canyon, Bozeman, Montana

11 miles (round-trip)

Duration: 4 to 6 hours 

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Elevation Gain: 2,000 feet 

Activities: Hiking, trail running, mountain biking, fishing, camping

Crowds: Moderate traffic

Located south of Bozeman past Hyalite Reservoir, Emerald Lake Trail follows the cascading East Fork of Hyalite Creek. The wooded trail has a mix of lodgepole pine, Engelmann spruce, and subalpine fir leading to Emerald Lake and Heather Lake. The lakes are a great place to eat lunch while enjoying the pristine alpine meadows and towering rock walls. This trail is great for hikers of all abilities, making it great for families; it's also one fantastic downhill for mountain-bike enthusiasts. Carry bear spray. 

Seasonal Conditions
Emerald Lake Trail has snowfields into the summer after a wet winter, so prepare yourself accordingly. In the winter, the trail is a nice hiking spot with the right gear.

Head south on 19th Ave. to Hyalite Canyon Rd. Turn left and continue past Hyalite Reservoir; when the road splits, take the left fork toward Palisade Falls. Continue past Palisade Falls to the end of the road. 

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

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