Trails

Need to blow off some steam or just get out in the hills for a quick nature fix? There's no lack of trails around Bozeman—within 20 miles are enough to keep you busy for a month of Sundays. Here's an in-depth (though not comprehensive) collection of the trails around southwest Montana.

Trail details adapted from Robert Stone'Day Hikes Around Bozeman, Montana

  • Hiking Trails

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    Bozeman Creek Trail (aka, Sourdough) is an old logging road that parallels Bozeman Creek. The trail's proximity to town and easy grade makes this a popular hiking, biking, and cross-country-skiing route. Read more >>
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    Pine Creek Lake is a pristine alpine lake set in a huge glacial cirque on the north slope of Mount Black. The trail is well-defined and meanders through forest en route to the base of Pine Creek Falls. Read more >>
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    Storm Castle is a rocky peak sitting atop the east wall of Gallatin Canyon. The hike begins at Storm Castle Creek and climbs the mountain's south-facing slope to a dramatic, multi-tiered summit, where there are sweeping 360-degree views of the adjacent mountains and canyons.  Read more >>
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    The Triple Tree Trail is a short drive south of Bozeman. The trail begins on a grassy ridge, crosses Limestone Creek several times and loops through state land on the northwest slope of Mount Ellis. There is a steep climb to the summit offering great views of the Gallatin Valley.     Read more >>
  • Biking Trails

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    Bozeman Creek Trail (aka, Sourdough) is an old logging road that parallels Bozeman Creek. The trail's proximity to town and easy grade makes this a popular hiking, biking, and cross-country-skiing route. Read more >>
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    The Triple Tree Trail is a short drive south of Bozeman. The trail begins on a grassy ridge, crosses Limestone Creek several times and loops through state land on the northwest slope of Mount Ellis. There is a steep climb to the summit offering great views of the Gallatin Valley.     Read more >>
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    Chestnut Mountain Trail climbs 2,200 feet in 4.6 miles, past the spectacular Frog Rock pinnacles, to the ridge of Chestnut Mountain. At 1.2 miles, a one-mile spur trail traverses west, providing climbing access and a spectacular hike or bike ride to the base of Frog Rock. Read more >>
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    The Story Hills sit on the northeast corner of Bozeman. The privately-owned property is open for recreation to the public during daylight hours. This is a great in-town biking, running, or dog-walking destination with nice views of the Gallatin Valley. Read more >>
  • Skiing Trails

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    Bozeman Creek Trail (aka, Sourdough) is an old logging road that parallels Bozeman Creek. The trail's proximity to town and easy grade makes this a popular hiking, biking, and cross-country-skiing route. Read more >>
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    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 >>
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    Located southwest of Bozeman, the South Cottonwood Trail follows South Cottonwood Creek through a dense old-growth forest with lush riparian areas and meadows, criss-crossing the creek along the way. This well-maintained trail is great for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking. Read more >>
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    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 >>
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