Lower Mount Ellis Trail is a 7.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Bozeman, MT that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and trail running.
This trail is much longer than 2.5 miles if you want to have any views. This must have originally been measured before you have to park at the bottom of the meadow. Just to cross the meadow is a 2 mile loop and another 3.6 loop to the peak (if you make it).
Great hike to the summits of Little Ellis and Mt. Ellis! We stayed on FS 712 and headed east at the fork at the base of Little Ellis. The 1.8 miles shown on the map is on an old logging road so it's wide and flat. There are a few places where the road is covered in downed logs to prevent motorized vehicles. The trail ends just east of a false summit to Little Ellis. If you trudge straight uphill from there, following trees with blue paint on them, you can get to the false summit. From there is a great view of Bozeman. Continue straight west and uphill to Little Ellis, from which point you can hike the ridge south to the summit of Mt. Ellis. From the summit you can see the Absarokas, Hyalite and Bridger ranges as well as the Gallatin Valley!
Nearly flat trail thru field