New World Gulch Trail

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Average: 4 (2 votes)

New World Gulch is located southeast of Bozeman, branching off of Bear Canyon along the east slope of Mount Ellis. The stream-fed gulch is due north of Mystic Lake. New World Gulch Trail climbs up the drainage, first to a meadow below Mt. Ellis, and then on to Mystic Lake, which is six miles from the trailhead. You can turn around at the lake and come back down New World Gulch, or, if you've arranged a shuttle, head out via the Bozeman Creek Trail.

DirectionsFrom Bozeman, take I-90 east to the Bear Canyon exit, just shy of the Bozeman Pass. Turn right on Bozeman Trail Rd. and then make a quick left onto Bear Canyon Rd. Drive about three miles to the trailhead parking area on the right.

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

Trail Info

4 miles round trip to meadow or 5.5-mile loop
Elevation Gain
1,350 feet
3 hours


Average: 5 (1 vote)
July 12, 2012 - 1:42pm by: kate
SO beautiful right now! In hindsight I wish I would have brought bear spray - don't know how necessary it is, but it would have eased my mind at least. The trail growth is very dense (and in spots it's a little claustrophobic). Such a lovely summer hike.
Average: 3 (1 vote)
August 25, 2013 - 3:23pm by: Blake
Great trail. We did the loop. Nice amount of incline but not super difficult. Saw some kind of wild chicken but no other wildlife. The western side of the loop is a pretty tight trail; not as heavily traveled as the east side.

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