Trails

East of Bridger Bowl, Bangtail Divide is a must for mountain bikers, but hikers and runners hit the trail, too. The single-track has a long and steady up-hill climb that is rewarded with flowing downhill. Read more >>
Bear Canyon is a stream-fed canyon that drains the area between Mount Ellis and Chestnut Mountain southeast of Bozeman. The Bear Canyon trail follows Bear Creek up the lush, shady canyon and eventually to Bear Lakes. Read more >>
Bear Trap Canyon is a spectacular drainage encompassing 6,000 acres in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness within the Madison Range. The Madison River, its headwaters in Yellowstone National Park, rages through the remote, roadless canyon for 9 miles, from Ennis Lake to the Madison River Bridge. Read more >>
This picturesque trail near Big Sky sits in a glacial cirque surrounded by mountains in the Spanish Peaks area. At 9,200 feet, the trailhead leads you into alpine meadows, wildflowers, creeks, and tall forest. Read more >>
Bozeman Creek Trail (aka, Sourdough) is an old logging road that parallels Bozeman Creek. The trail's proximity to town and easy grade make this a popular hiking, biking, and cross-country-skiing route. As an out-and-back, distance is up to you. Read more >>
Blackmore Lake Trail has many route options, but the hike begins near the northwest edge of Hyalite Reservoir. A dense pine forest and meadow surround this shallow lake, which lays beneath Mount Blackmore and Elephant Mountain. Read more >>
This trail climbs 2,200 feet in 4.6 miles, past the spectacular Frog Rock pinnacles, to the ridge of Chestnut Mountain. After about a mile, a short spur trail traverses west, providing climbing access and a spectacular hike or bike ride to the base of Frog Rock. Read more >>
This popular mountain-biking trail in Gallatin National Forest has spectacular views of the valley. In 2015, the trail was rerouted; now, Corbly has a wider, more comfortable single-track that travels past forests, meadows, and creek crossings. Read more >>
Drinking Horse Mountain is the prominent hill across from the popular “M” trail at the mouth of Bridger Canyon. The trail meanders along the Fish Technology Center to a bridge over Bridger Creek, followed by the official trail arch. Read more >>
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. Read more >>
Emigrant Peak is a formidable mountain in the Absaroka Range, towering over Paradise Valley and the town of Emigrant. The ascent is relentless from the start—this is a trail for fit hikers only. Read more >>
Fairy Lake is a gorgeous green lake in a forested bowl at the base of Sacagawea Peak. The trail loops around the perimeter of the lake for an easy 1.2 miles. This is a great place to have a picnic, fish, and swim. Read more >>
With looming cliffs overhead and framed by lodgepole pines and moss-covered boulders, this trail captures all of the area's natural beauty without the elevation gain. Enjoy a long, leisurely, 5.5-mile hike. Read more >>
This hike has two routes. One follows an old double-track logging road, climbing steadily until the very end. The other is a steep singletrack that ties into the logging road about a half-mile below the peak. Read more >>
While Hardscrabble is not technically identified as a trail, it's still a good hike. The first part of the trail also leads into other nearby options for recreating. Read more >>
The trail parallels its namesake creek, past waterfalls, pools, and the occasional whitewater. Its most popular turn-around point is where Gallatin National Forest reaches Lee Metcalf, but you can keep hiking. Read more >>
In the Gallatin Range lies a constellation of lakes, and all of their secrets, which can be found by you. Bring a fishing rod. Five of the lakes contain golden or rainbow trout (or both), and all enjoy the high-mountain air of a trail that begins above 8,000 feet. Read more >>
This short, heavily-trafficked destination hike in Hyalite leads to the sandstone rock outcropping History Rock. The trail begins through a meadow, crossing History Rock Creek, and parallelling the creek. Read more >>
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. Read more >>
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. Read more >>
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