Hyalite Creek Trail

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Average: 4.6 (5 votes)


Located just south of Bozeman past Hyalite Reservoir, Hyalite Creek Trail is a great place for a scenic hike. 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 and Hyalite Peak for those interested in a longer journey. 

Hyalite Creek Trail, Hyalite Lake, Bozeman

Directions: Take 19th Ave. south from Bozeman and turn left on Hyalite Canyon Rd. Drive past the reservoir and take the road all the way to where it ends at the Hyalite Creek parking lot. 

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

Trail Info

11 miles round trip to lake
Elevation Gain
1900 feet
5 hours


Average: 4 (1 vote)
January 12, 2012 - 7:19am by: Chris
Great hike for the family.
Average: 5 (1 vote)
June 27, 2013 - 4:16pm by: Chelsea
Been hiking Hyalite ever since I can remember and it's still one of my favorite places to go!
Average: 5 (1 vote)
July 17, 2014 - 1:21pm by: Maggie H
My favorite hike in the Bozeman area. Gorgeous and unique waterfalls are there to reward you along the hike, and the lake looks like something out of a fairy tale. The first mile is wheelchair-accessible, but the trail gets more challenging as it goes on. Plenty of photo ops, and a great place to show off to out-of-town visitors.
Average: 5 (1 vote)
August 15, 2014 - 9:50am by: Felicia Hamilton
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I love this hike. It's gorgeous, just like all of Hyalite. It's a pretty popular hike so it can get busy, but it's not as busy as the Pallisade Falls trail.
Average: 5 (1 vote)
August 15, 2014 - 1:39pm by: Isaac Lorton
It's a beautiful place all around. Pack a picnic and spend the whole day in the Hyalite Canyon area.
Average: 3 (1 vote)
June 8, 2015 - 10:11am by: Caroline Miller
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Once you get past the first few waterfalls, you see hardly no one, especially early in the season. We were ambitious thinking we could get to the summit of Hyalite Peak in early June, but quite a bit of snow stopped us. Should have brought the skis.
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October 9, 2015 - 10:50am by: Colleen Winn
One of my favorite trails around Bozeman. Beautiful waterfalls scattered along the trail, with spectacular views looking back on Hyalite Canyon. Both the peak and the lake are great end destinations.

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