Truman Gulch Trail

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Photo by Nolan Blunck

 7 miles (round-trip to most popular turn-around) 

Duration: 2 to 5 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

Elevation Gain: 1,394 to 3,169 feet

Activities: Hiking, mountain biking, trail running

Crowds: Moderate traffic

Truman Gulch Trail is a forested hike that follows its namesake creek up to the Bridger Foothills Trail. A popular mountain-bike downhill, the trail is tucked between Ross Peak to the north and Saddle Peak to the southeast. At 2 miles in, a fork shows up; heed our advice and stay to the right. The trail, which crosses the creek three times, has plenty of water along the way for thirsty dogs. Truman Gulch eventually opens up to sweeping views of the Valley. Those looking for more adventure and distance can take the right fork at the end of Truman Gulch, and head south to meet up with Middle Cottonwood Creek Trail, then take the left fork north to eventually reach Ross Pass. 

Seasonal Conditions
Truman Gulch gets busy among mountain bikers during the summer, so all parties keep your eyes and ears open. The trail dries out toward the end of spring. 

Head north on N. 7th Ave., continuing as it becomes Frontage Rd. Turn right onto Springhill Rd. and continue for approximately 9 miles. Turn right onto Penwell Bridge Rd., and continue for 6 miles to turn right onto Forswall Rd. Drive another 3 miles until you reach the trailhead at the end of the road. 

Robert Stone's Truman Gulch Map

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

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