Emerald Lake Trail

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 Emerald Lake, Hyalite Canyon, Bozeman, Montana

8.9 miles (round-trip)

Duration: 4 to 6 hours 

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Elevation Gain: 1,850 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. 

Robert Stone's Emerald Lake Map

Map courtesy of Robert Stone's Day Hikes Around Bozeman, Montana

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