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great for small kids

walking
1 month ago

Nice short hike. Picnic tables etc. at trailhead parking lot. Very pretty. Good hike for families and people who have difficulties on unimproved trails.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice hike, not long at all. Much longer drive up there than the hike itself. Not strenuous or taxing. More like an afternoon stroll through the park. Well, not exactly but close. I kept going another 3-4 miles beyond Grotto Falls on the Hylite Creek trail. 90% of dogs weren’t on a leash but that didn’t bother me. I kinda think if they are well behaved it’s almost torture to keep them on a leash. I didn’t like the 3 motocross bikes coming up the trail but if it’s legal then they have a right to enjoy the trail too. If not legal then GTFO!

Short. Asphalt surface. Nice waterfall!

hiking
1 month ago

The description of the mileage is total in/out distance. The hike in is only about 2.6 miles to the falls and then the same distance back out. There are also no signs directing you to the correct trail so here are a couple tips. Starting at the TH, you will cross a bridge, two bridges later (3 total bridges), stay right on the trail and the falls are about .5-.7 miles up ahead. The hike down to the falls is a bunch of very poorly maintained switchbacks with cliffs if you lose footing so leave your pack up at the top before descending.

My nine year old daughter and I hiked this trail last weekend. It was a good challenge for both of us. Great trail. Awesome views. First part of trail was nicely shaded. We will do it again!

The trail has a little bit of everything. The possibility of a bear encounter, creek, treasures to find(and put back) like petrified wood, obsidian..., cows blocking your path on your way there(from pray), low traffic(we only saw one other couple on the path). I recommend climbing up to the peak of that area, it’s a bit scary if you are a newbs like us. We did find two pieces of petrified wood, we put them back right where we found them. To give you a hint, at one of the info signs, there’s a path that leads to a creek, it’s to the right of that path in the grass. The other piece we found looked like petrified wood that was also charcoal. It’s up on the taller peak. The creaking of the gate to enter the trail is creepy sounding like in a movie. I found wild raspberries on the trail that were delicious, there were also bane berries that are toxic, don’t eat those. I’ll add some images from our hike. Also, I’m on Verizon and I got zero bars most of the trail, one bar in the parking lot.

You can tack those an additional two miles (12.4 miles total) to this hike as if you start at the sign at the right side of the road for Blackmore Lake Trail when you are headed toward Hyalite Reservoir. That said, nothing stops a person from driving directly to Hyalite Reservoir and parking in the first parking lot next to the outhouses and boat launch to start their hike from there. From that location, you will be closer to the 10.6 miles round-trip as listed per AllTrails. There is signage at the parking area saying 0.4 miles to Blackmore Trail at which point you reach and intersection in the trail and need to veer to the left for Blackmore Lake and Blackmore Peak. This is a fabulous and well-maintained trail though one must expect to work a little for the summit. While this trail is listed difficult, it certainly is a well-groomed trail and deserves a visit if you are on the fence about it. Saw gorgeous fields of wildflowers this past Friday but certainly hit the afternoon weather patterns, so try to start and end this one early as you are high up and we'll exposed in the event of a lightning and or rain/hail storm as per our experience this past Friday. Bring some layers for the top of the peak as it can get chilly up there! Fantastic views!

2 months ago

Was a great hike! Waterfall is really beautiful! Wow!

Hike isn’t 10.8 mi, but closer to 12.4mi, but a great hike, great views and a really good trail. Probably my favorite trail in the Bozeman area.

2 months ago

I didn’t actually love that it was paved, but it would be great for families with kids and strollers. The waterfall at the end was very pretty and offers the chance to scramble up to get closer to the foot of it if you choose.

Such a pretty hike, and a nice and easy one to get started with. You can also elect to continue on some side hikes to see other falls or hyalite creek if you want a longer hike.

2 months ago

Pretty breathtaking scene at the end of this trail. While this trail is short and busy, this is definitely worth your time if you are visiting for a short time or if accessibility is a high priority. Great hike to take newcomers and visitors to town on.

Beautiful!

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome little hike. Can definitely get busy though. I actually prefer this hike in the winter though! The ice structures are amazing, water is still flowing, and way less crowds! The trail is very easy to follow even with snow all over the ground.

hiking
2 months ago

Always a nice, kid friendly hike. Go early to avoid bugs, heat, and crowds.

2 months ago

Awesome views, was easy enough for us to take the kids (6 and 4).

on Passage Falls

hiking
2 months ago

This is a pretty easy hike until right at the end. There are a few switchbacks that are quite steep at the end to get to the falls. Once you’re there, it’s so beautiful and you are going to love it. It wasn’t too busy either. You walk along a stream most of the way too :) Be sure to wear sunscreen because there’s not much shade along he way.

Beautiful, remote trail. We did not hike due to fresh signs of grizzlies in the area.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a very easy hike UNTIL you get to the Falls. That part is very steep to descend into the Falls part. There will be 2 bridges. The first is easy to know. It’s close to the beginning of the hike up. Stay on the path. The second bridge is deeper in the trail. The trail spilts. DO NOT take the left. Stay to the right. The trail to the left takes you alone the Pine River but passes the Falls.

Beautiful! Paved trail. Bathroom at trail head. Plenty of parking.

Nice trail, plenty of parking

hiking
2 months ago

Passage Falls is a great mostly level hike with lots of wild flowers. The trail is through the burn area but it’s interesting to see how the forest is regenerating itself. The falls are beautiful and it’s worth it to walk around to the top of them also. Just respect the private property that’s nearby.

From the Blackmore parking lot it’s 12.4 miles. Really pretty with the wildflowers blooming. Only two small patches of snow to cross.

3 months ago

Beautiful hike to falls. Mostly flat and easy. A bit tight and tricky at the end near the falls.

At the first split off, make sure you take the trail on the right, not the trail with the small bridge. Made the mistake of taking the bridge way and had to merge onto private property to find our way back to the trail witch then too us to the falls. Also, don’t be lame and sit by the river... make sure to get close to the waterfall.. mist feels great. Overall the hike is pretty easy

This is nice walking trail. It is a paved trail so I cannot consider it a hiking trail. It is really nice for families with small children. I enjoyed the walk along with our two dogs.

hiking
3 months ago

I hiked this trail the first time a few weeks ago and feel in love with it so I came back again. When the wind is strong, be careful of falling trees. On our way back to the trailhead, a tree had fallen across the trail that hadn’t been there on our way in. This is a beautiful hike, the wildflowers are plentiful, and the falls do not disappoint.

Easy hike on a paved trail ending at a beautiful waterfall! Great hike for families!

Georgeous! Gets really busy but I think there’s plenty to see just past the falls. And most of the traffic dyes off there!

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