Lava Lake Trail

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Lava Lake, Bozeman, Lee Metcalf Wilderness

6 miles

Duration: 3.5 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

Elevation Gain: 1,600 feet 

Activities: Hiking, mountain biking, fishing, camping, swimming, snowshoeing

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This trail begins at the Gallatin River, across from the big pull-out at the 35 MPH Bridge. It follows Cascade Creek through a thick evergreen forest, continuing past a few waterfalls to a forest-lined lake surrounded by rock walls and treeless mountaintops. This is a great hike on a hot summer day, especially if you enjoy a cold but refreshing swim. 

Take Hwy. 191 south into Gallatin Canyon. A few miles past the Storm Castle turnoff, look for a signed entrance on the right, just before the bridge.

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

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