Bear Trap Canyon Trail

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Bear Trap Canyon, Madison River, Montana

Up to 14 miles

Duration: Up to all day 

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Elevation Gain: 500 feet 

Activities: Hiking, trail running

Crowds: Moderate traffic


Bear Trap Canyon is a spectacular drainage encompassing 6,000 acres in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness within the Madison Range. The Madison River, its headwaters in Yellowstone National Park, rages through the remote, roadless canyon for 9 miles, from Ennis Lake to the Madison River Bridge. 

From Four Corners, drive 20 miles west on Hwy. 84. Just before crossing the Madison River, hang a left onto Bear Trap Rd. The trailhead is about three miles in, at the end of the gravel road. 

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

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