Storm Castle Peak is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gallatin Gateway, MT that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
This trail was a little more strenuous than I expected it to be. Not from the area but frequent it often and never really considered myself out of shape or a flat lander but I was really out of breath on this hike and had to take frequent breaks. At the top I found out it was all worth it though. Such an amazing view. Feels like you're on top of the world!
Honestly this was easier than I thought it would be. It is nothing but switchbacks but we were able to keep a steady pace and hit the top in just under an hour. Loose footing on the rocky switchbacks towards the top but nothing unmanageable.
This trail had beautiful views the entire way to the top. There was a nice mix of forest and open areas along the trail that allowed for some shade. Definitely a well maintained trail I would do again!
good clear trail, good views at the summit.
good clear trail. nice views at the top
Mid morning hike was not the best idea in July. Will go early next time to beat the heat. Beware of the horseflies at the top they were very persistent to our group of three despite the wind.
One of the area's more underated trails in my opinion. It's a good uphill climb that isn't too terribly steep. Great views at the top and lots of vantage points along the way. I had no ticks in July, but it was quite hot, so defintely bring water.
Storm castle is a great trail for an early morning. The views at the top are beautiful and a great place to have brunch or a nice lunch. It can very hot in the evenings so be sure to bring alot of water and sunscreen.
Go early if it is summer. I left the trailhead at 9:15 am at 70°, and it was 90 in the parki.g lot by 1:30. There are some long open areas, some cooler forests, some switchbacks up gravel slides. Path is good, mostly 1-2 feet wide, with sharp edged gravel and rock in places. Most of the 10 people I saw were in tennies. I definitely noticed the altitude toward the top, but was fine taking breaks in the shade during the walk up. I am mid 50s F, sea level couch potato with a gym pass. it took me 2hr up, 1hr down...plus a brisk foot- cooling wade in the stream behind the parking lot.
Nice views, some steeper sections.
Incredible hike in the Gallatin. I did this as my birthday hike March 2015. Amazing views the whole way up. I recorded it on my RunKeeper app (before I had AllTrails) and it was just over 7 miles. Elevation gain of 2,757 ft. Took us about 4 hours. Definitely recommended.
Absolutely worth the hike all the way to the peak! This was a hike with just the right amount of challenge for someone in decent physical condition. 1.5 hours up at moderate pace and 1 hour down at moderate pace.
Amazing view from the top. Steady climb the whole way up. Was a few snowy/muddy spots that are quite slick. Road closed so had to walk into the trailhead.
Everybody told me the view on the top of it was amazing, however the scenery the whole way up was out of this world! Completely worth the hike!