South Cottonwood Creek Trail

EASY 16 reviews
#19 of 100 trails in

South Cottonwood Creek Trail is a 4.4 mile out and back trail located near Gallatin Gateway, MT and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from May until October.

4.4 miles 633 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

hiking
1 day ago

Run on packed snow before dark. Well packed with lots of stream crossings. 5.25 out and back. Keeps going winding along creek interesting contours good for running.

15 days ago

Beautiful trail with several water crossings. You can go as long or short as you wish. Parking can be difficult as are most trailhead smear Bozeman.

20 days ago

Great leisure trail. Well maintained.

trail running
3 months ago

Nice single track trail, not to many people and was a cool run on a hot day!

walking
5 months ago

We walked to the second bridge about a week ago. Everything was clear and all the snow had melted. Great for a walk, great for dogs, and fairly busy. There were people of all ages and a bunch of mountain bikers. The windflowers were blooming and the colors were beautiful.

hiking
5 months ago

It was nice and fairly easy. We enjoyed all the different views this trail offered.

6 months ago

6 months ago

Easy relaxing hike, not that crowded! Watch out for bikers

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail! love that it runs along the creek

6 months ago

love this trail!

hiking
1 year ago

this was a good hike i had 4 kids youngest being 6 and we went to the third bridge and back little less than 6 miles. Fun for all and not too tough.

1 year ago

This was a really beautiful hike! Went in early June and it was so green and lush with tons of wildflowers! I went past the third bridge and came to a fourth right before a huge meadow with a great view of Blackmoor mountain in the background! this is a gorgeous hike and not that difficult! Highly recommended it!this was a really beautiful hike! Went in early june and it was so green and wash with tons of wildflowers! I

2 years ago

This is a good trail that fallows a creek almost the entire way. Great for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking. There is a forest service cabin for rent about 6 miles up the trail witch could make for a fun multiple day shuttle trip as the trail connects with at lest 3 other trails.

hiking
3 years ago

I really enjoyed this hike. It's scenic, not too difficult and there's plenty of tree cover to keep you nice and cool. I will definitely be back and plan on going even further than the second bridge next time (which is about two miles in).

hiking
3 years ago

really pretty hike, a few uphill sections but i would rate it very easy, lots of flat sections and slight inclines. from my understanding you can go as far as you want, it connects to other trails at 6 and 8 miles… i think i went about 3.5 or 4 and turned around. stopped seeing people once i crossed the creek for the third time.

hiking
4 years ago

Not a bad hike, steady climb on the way in. Went to the 2 mile mark then headed back down. A couple of spots were narrow, straight up on one side and straight down on the other, I probably will not take my "old" dog on this one again, he worried me a couple of time slipping close to the edge but my other dog did fine. Saw one mountain biker and two other hikers. I wouldn't attempt it on my mountain bike but I am only a beginner, maybe one day! Even with the rain storm that hit us it was really pretty.