Hyalite Creek Trail to Hyalite Lake

MODERATE 22 reviews
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Hyalite Creek Trail to Hyalite Lake is a 5.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bozeman, MT that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, birding, and snowshoeing and is accessible from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.5 miles 1178 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

snowshoeing

trail running

lake

waterfall

hiking
8 days ago

Pros: Fragrant Fraser forests, lots of beautiful waterfalls, high mountain walls, fast flowing creeks, wildflowers, meadows, easy to moderate grades (but steeper further along)
Cons: Watch for horse droppings, limited parking, changing weather (rain)
Recommendstions: Trekking poles, bear spray, rain gear

3 months ago

This hike was absolutely gorgeous, many waterfalls just off the trail and some directly on it. The canyon is massive, you get great views of it once you hit the switchbacks just below The lake basin. Next time I will be sure to press up to the peak. The entire trail was very doable in an afternoon but I recommend arriving before lunch time.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a 11-12 mile round trip hike!!!!! Be prepared! That's being said, definitely one of he best hikes near Bozeman! 11 waterfalls along the trail leading up to the glaciated mountains surrounding Hyalite Lake! Just amazing! And the views of the canyon as well! Will definitely do this again and make it past the lake and up Hyalite Peak!

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

The beautiful waterfalls and canyon views leading to the top can make the final destination a little underwhelming. The lake itself is pretty, but small and shallow, so leave your fishing pole at home. Get more details and photos here: www.montanatrailbriefs.com/hikes/hyalite-lake

4 months ago

We hiked to the lake early on Sunday AM leaving the trailhead at 0830h. Few people on the trail and lots of shade. Nice views at Lake. On the return, after 1130h, more hikers, more sun. Very enjoyable hike.

snowshoeing
4 months ago

we've snowshoed this in the winter. the hike alone and the frozen falls and caves were awesome, the number of people and level of filth distracted from it.

4 months ago

Passes lots of waterfalls, also provides some good meadow views and the lack is very pretty. Watch out for dirt bikers because some of them don't seem to watch for you.

4 months ago

A moderate trail with several nice falls. We hiked it earlier in the day and didn't see many hikers. It was a very enjoyable trail.

hiking
5 months ago

For an out and back, this one was gorgeous both ways. The terrain was pretty gentle for 2000 ft gain, which was greatly appreciated by the knees both up and down! The waterfalls were great, and there was lots of water for the dogs. The alpine flowers were abundant and the trail was well maintained.

5 months ago

Great hike! Nice steady incline. Beautiful scenery.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
1 year ago

Easy hike on heavily used trail.

camping
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Loved this trail. So many waterfalls. It's not as easy as some make it seem but it's also not hard. The 2,000 foot incline over 5.5 miles could leave some winded, but I have been on harder hikes. It's almost so pretty you don't even mind. I definitely said this is the most beautiful hike I've ever been on. My recommendation for first timers is that the switchbacks at the end are really rough but make it through - you'll love the end.

hiking
1 year ago

This was a nice hike, many waterfalls to stop and enjoy along the way. We didn't make it all the way to the lake, but we made it to the last waterfall before turning around. Fairly easy and the waterfalls give you plenty of frequent stops and beautiful views a long the way.

hiking
2 years ago

Spectacular sccenery! Did this one in late August during rainfall. After a few days of rain it was rather muddy, but that made it even more enjoyable. The changing terrain as you go through the trail, stream crossings, and different views of Hyalite makes it more exciting. Seems to be used quite a bit--everyone I crossed paths with were very friendly.

hiking
2 years ago

fairly easy hike, no real steep parts at all, and you really do pass a TON of waterfalls. did this hike first week of august and the wildflowers are still beautiful. if you have a dog, no need to bring water, as you cross several streams along the way. 11 miles seemed far to me, but this hike was not difficult. in my opinion the scenery along the way was more impressive than the lake at the top! although it did seem to be a nice place for a peaceful overnight stay.

hiking
2 years ago

Beautiful trail but best views from Hyalite Peak including views of the peaks of Yellowstone. 20+ mile RT.

2 years ago

Great hike! lots of waterfalls along the way. Pretty easy hike no big hills and no shortage on scenery. There are a few opportunities for long da, or multiple day shuttle trips too.