Bear Canyon Trail

MODERATE 7 reviews
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Bear Canyon Trail is a 8.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Bozeman, MT that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

8.2 miles 1579 feet Out & Back

dog friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running






wild flowers




Off of I-90, take the Bear Canyon exit. Head west, just under the under-pass and head south on Bear Canyon Road. Proceed to the end, where the trail-head is located.

4 months ago

OK, wouldn't do it again.

1 year ago

I did this as an overnight backpacking trip with a friend. Not too steep of a hike but if there is any snow melt or has rained recently, expect mud. There are also parts of the trail where a nearby creek has eroded part of the trail away and you will cross the creek multiple times. It is a very scenic hike, however, and we didn't run into too many people. The lake at the top is pristine and the fishing was good. We had what we assume are elk come through our camp at night, with one coming within feet of our tent. As with any wilderness area, I'd recommend you bring bear spray or a firearm. The mountains are not a park and I have seen a bear on this trail before :)

2 years ago

This trail is an easy trip and close to Bozeman. Plan for many hours to complete the trip at a moderate pace. I live at the trailhead and have hiked it for 44 years!

Fran Noel

3 years ago

It was a fun trail with beautiful trees and streams and has trails to lead to some lakes. However we thought it would be a nice day hike however the "loop" is much longer than expected! It also turns into an gravel road which can be alarming! But if you stay on that and leave yourself plenty of time for a day hike... It is enjoyable! :)

5 years ago

The Bozeman Creek acess to Mystic Lake and Bear Canyon is basically a road and tons of people use it everyday. There is some good spots for mountain biking. We rode horses up to Mystic Lake this way and it is longer then the Bear canyon trail head but a lot less steep. We went over the divide to Hyalite which was nice. The trail to Bear Lakes is muddy, boggy, deep ruts, etc. and this was August when I did it. It is in the trees so it is a nice hike just might want to bring extra shoes to cross the mud.

mountain biking
6 years ago

Pretty fun mountain bike trail, although it becomes more of an ATV trail towards the top of the peak and very steep.

6 years ago

This trail is located outside of Bozeman; NOT Red Lodge.