Drinking Horse Mountain Trail

facebook twitter email Print This

Drinking Horse Trail

Length: 2.4 miles (loop)

Duration: 30 minutes to 2 hours

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Elevation Gain: 700 feet 

Activities: Hiking, trail running

Crowds: Moderate to heavy traffic

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. After that comes a trail junction; either way is straight up to the summit, offering 360-degree views. Going left at the junction puts hikers on a steeper ascent, with multiple switchbacks and plentiful shade. To the right, the trail is less steep and takes longer to ascend; most of this route lacks shade along the west-facing side of the hill. Beautiful views of the Bridger range and Gallatin Valley greet you at the top.

Seasonal Conditions
This trail stays muddy through the spring, making conditions occasionally slick. The creek flowing under the bridge is a great respite for thirsty dogs after a hike; just be careful during runoff season that your pooch can handle some current. During the summer, the slow ascent can get very hot because of its lack of shade. Drinking Horse is also a great trail during the winter, as long as you're wearing the right gear for ice and snow.   

Go north on Rouse Ave., which becomes Bridger Canyon Rd. After a few miles, turn right into the Fish Technology Center and look for trailhead parking to the left.

Robert Stone's Drinking Horse Map

Map courtesy of Robert Stone'Day Hikes Around Bozeman, Montana.

© 2000-2017 Outside Media Group, LLC
Powered by BitForge