Emerald Lake Trail

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 Emerald Lake, Hyalite Canyon, Bozeman, Montana

10 miles

Duration: 5 hours 

Difficulty: East to moderate

Elevation Gain: 2,000 feet 

Activities: Hiking, trail running, mountain biking, fishing, camping

Crowds: Moderate traffic

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. The lakes are a great place to eat lunch while enjoying the pristine alpine meadows and towering rock walls. This trail is great for hikers of all abilities, making it great for families; it's also one fantastic downhill for mountain-bike enthusiasts. 

Take 19th Ave. south to Hyalite Canyon Rd. Turn left and continue past Hyalite Reservoir; when the road splits, take the left fork toward Palisade Falls. Continue past Palisade Falls to the end of the road. The trail is open to mountain bikers with timeshare restrictions from July 16th – September 4.

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

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