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hiking
11 days ago

Pros: Excellent views of Bozeman and valley, the "M", interesting rock spines, plenty of parking.
Cons: Steep grades, loose sand, confusing trail due to lack of blazes and numerous summit possibilities.
Recommendations: Trekking poles

Pros: Easy to moderate grades, family friendly, loop trail, nice views of Bozeman and Bridger Canyon.
Cons: None
Recommendations: Trekking poles, plenty of water

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

hiking
11 days ago

Pros: Spectacular views from lower saddle to top, small summer glaciers, fragrant Fraser forests, views of Crazy Mountains, Tobacco Root Mountains, and Gallatin Range in distance on clear days.
Cons: Lots of switchbacks, some confusing below the pass, no water above Fairy Lake, windy from the pass upwards.
Recommendations: Trekking poles, extra water, windbreaker, baselayers.

Pros: Family friendly, easy grades, beautiful tall waterfall (seasonal), short
Cons: Crowded, limited parking

12 days ago

Hiked this trail yesterday for Thanksgiving. I didn't know the difficulty rating before I started it, but seeing the moderate rating on here didn't surprise me.
Great views on the way up, at summit point as well as from the top of the 'M'!
Lots of people on the trail, in all age groups.

Had a great time hiking this trail in late November. There was an inch of snow on the ground, which made the trail a bit slick, but not too difficult. I agree that the 4.1 miles is inaccurate. I tracked 5.4 miles, and the sign at the trail head reports 5 miles.

I would consider this a moderate difficulty hike. I am a seasonal hiker in decent shape, and my mom and I completed the trail in two hours including stops for pictures.

Regardless of the distance it was a nice hike. There were some very beautiful views peaking through the trees, and lots of animal tracks!

Great trail! Will definitely go back when it's warmer and a little less snow. RT can be done in less than 4 hours with a decent pace. Great views!

hiking
16 days ago

Very rigorous hike on the short trail.

hiking
16 days ago

Great family trail.

hiking
19 days ago

Great trail through the canyon. At the end you are treated to beautiful views of the Bozeman and the Gallatin Valley.

hiking
19 days ago

Loved this trail. The views are stunning. Prepare for strong winds when you reach the top. Trail is narrow and switchbacks nicely to handle the grade.

hiking
19 days ago

Exxellent short trail with beautiful scenery. Great to take little kids on. Falls are beautiful. Once you are at the falls you need to watch your step as there are lots of sharp, jagged rocks that can be slick. Easy and quick trail.

hiking
20 days ago

Nice and short hike with great views of Bozeman.

hiking
20 days ago

Easy going, paved trail with gorgeous, towering rock walls at the finish.

Definitely wouldn't consider this an easy trail.. easy to the lake but man its tough up to the peak! pretty the whole way though, worth the hike!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

absolutely gorgeous hike. light traffic this time of year (early morning in november) but i still saw plenty of dogs, other hikers, and some trail runners. this is definitely a moderate hike, took me about an hour to the top with the 1.5 trail and a few shortcuts (the elevation here kicked my butt a little) but not so bad that the average non-hiker couldn't conquer it with a little time. completely worth it.

trail running
1 month ago

Great trail running trail, the mud was significant on some sections of the trail though.