Middle Cottonwood Creek

HARD 15 reviews
#18 of 100 trails in

Middle Cottonwood Creek is a 9.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bozeman, MT that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

9.2 miles 3334 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Take Seventh to Springhill (after crossing 90). Then turn right on Toohey. Turn right onto Walker Road. This road dead ends at trailhead (and changes name along the way).

4 months ago

Loved it! Wild flowers everywhere, lots of shade from trees. Quite a few creek crossings, so a hiking pole helps.

Direction to trailhead are wrong on this site though. To get there, take seventh to Springhill (after crossing 90). Then turn right on Toohey. Turn right onto Walker Road. This road dead ends at trailhead.( changes name along the way).

4 months ago

Didn't see that last review. The street to get to this trail is privately owned.

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5 months ago

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6 months ago

Saddle Mountain Jeep Rd Trail does not exist! Map and directions need to be updated. The road is private or has been removed but either way no way of getting to it. Post some real directions so no one else wastes their time trying to find a trail that's not accessible

hiking
1 year ago

Love this hike, beautiful in the fall as the colors change. Near the creek and dog friendly. A bit crowded but a great trail overall.

1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Short hike that has multiple options to extend. Very crowded.

1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

I have to agree with Zeke's review....the dog crap smell for the first quarter of a mile was not pleasant. The other issue is that for the first part of the hike, the trail is on the right side of the creek. There comes a point where it looks like you can cross the creek and go left, or continue straight. I continued straight on a shale rock path....and went for quite aways until I realized I wasn't on the trail any more. I turned back around and did cross the creek, and found the wide/open trail to continue on the left side of the creek. Just a heads up for anyone who hasn't been there before so you don't waste time/effort. There are several creek crossing points before this one, which added to the confusion.

2 years ago

Love this trail! It's a great hike in the evening if you need a quick workout!

2 years ago

Good hike along a creek with shuttle options.

hiking
4 years ago

It's a great hike. There's just one big problem. For the first quarter mile and parts later on, the hot smell of dog crap fills the air on a warm sunny day. This is especially bad when you are breathing hard, and it catches you off guard. The rest of the hike is beautiful though.

hiking
4 years ago

Beautiful in early/late spring...tons of wildflowers and a rushing creek for the kids and dogs to play in. Easy hike and easy access. This is one of my favorites!

hiking
4 years ago

It was easy and very pretty, even in April! The dogs loved it. It was sunny when we started but snowed on us on the way out, Gotta love Montana!