Hiking & Backpacking


Bozeman is fortunate to have a great system of trails in and around town—within 20 miles you'll find enough hiking to keep your adventurous side occupied well into the future. Trails are varied, some heading into the mountains, with ups and downs, and rocky, rugged conditions underfoot. Others make for a casual afternoon outing. No matter which trail you choose, be ready for the best views of the Gallatin Valley and six different mountain ranges.

Windy Pass, Windy Pass trail, hiking, family, Outside Bozeman
Melynda Harrison
Family backpacking made fun. 
Women’s Sawtooth Mid B-DRY OBOZ
Melissa Doar
"I’ve worn lots of shoes. I bet if I think about it real hard I can remember my first pair of shoes." So said Forrest Gump, and the same can be said for my first pair of hiking boots. They were full leather, heavy, took forever to break in, and didn’t grip anything when wet. Read more >>
the editors
Minus a few extreme eventualities – snow, swarms of skeeters, a hungry griz sniffing around the tent – backcountry camping in the summer is a good time no matter what gear you've got. But a few small comforts and conveniences can go a long way. Read more >>
Vasque ColdSpark UltraDry
David Tucker
Comfort and function for winter hiking.
Gregory Packs Salvo 24 Gear Review
Tucker, David
I used to think having a daypack was unnecessary. “I’ll just use my ski pack or my bike pack,” I’d say. Read more >>
Kessler, Jerry
A high-alpine misadventure.
Gallatin Canyon Geology, Storm Castle
Patti Albrecht
Exploring Gallatin Canyon's geology.
Cougar, Dog, Rescue, Attack, True Tales
Graham, Kory
Saved by man's best friend.
Backpackers, Fitness, Workout, Trail-Fit
Cohen, Anna M.
Backpacking exercises.
Montana Backpacking, Thermarest EvoLite
Tucker, David
Let’s get one thing straight: sleeping on the ground sucks. But it sucks by degrees. Read more >>
Northern Goshawk, Montana Raptors
Cronenwett, David
A chance encounter with the northern goshawk.
LOWA Innox GTX Mid, Montana Backpacking
England, Mike
Gone are the days of weighty, oversized hiking boots—those eight-pound clodhoppers that made the ankles invincible but limited one’s pace to a slow, steady walk. Read more >>
Bozeman Women's Activity Groups
Dehmer, Kurt
Bozeman-area hiking groups.
MSR Autoflow Gravity, Montana Backpacking
Tucker, David
For outdoor recreationists, water is essential—for cooking, for cleaning, and to keep ourselves and our furry friends from dehydrating. But water is also heavy and takes up space, especially on longer backpacks. Read more >>
Photo by Chuck Bartlebaugh
Slepian, Maggie
How to stay safe.
Mountain cabin, cabins, winter cabins
Phil Knight
Retreating to Forest Service getaways. 
Ericksson GTX, Vasque Boots, Bozeman hiking
Tucker, David
Every once in a while, a product comes around that I won’t shut up about. The Ericksson GTX from Vasque is such a product. These boots were made for walking, and that’s just what I do in them. I walk up mountains; I walk through mud; I walk around town. Read more >>
Tobacco Roots Mountains, Montana
Pierre, Mike
Hiking the Tobacco Roots.
Ramshorn Peak, Gallatin Range
Tucker, David
Climbing high in Paradise Valley.
Electric Peak, Gallatin Range, Paradise Valley
Turiano, Thomas
Climbing Electric Peak.
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