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hiking
14 days ago

Great hike with some good views. A little muddy because of the rain but all in all, lovely

hiking
25 days ago

We did the marked road trail on the way up. snow cover wide trail was well trampled by other travelers but we were the only ones on the way up and back. When you arrive there's a T and you go right to the waterfall. Visited the falls, which were beautiful half-frozen, then took the other trail to the left to hit Hyalite Trail. Took a left onto a heavily traveled trail which began like a frozen stream this day. This single track trail was fantastic and took us to a signpost indicating a connector to the Grotto Falls Trailhead. This connector trail had not been traveled since the snow had fallen a few days earlier and was absolutely a fantastic five star trek. On this day, crunching snow, sunshine and amazing views. At some points you can see Grotto Falls trail below you. It comes out to the left of the trailhead and is unmarked. Fantastic simple high value hike!

Less busy than storm castle, better views

hiking
1 month ago

Did this the weekend after Labor Day and it was an instant favorite. The top is the payoff - moderately steep switchbacks with stunning views lead to a rock formation with super cool caves, keyholes and a summit rock with outrageous views. If you’re in shape it’s a quick 2.5-3 hours up and down. Highly recommend!

on Sypes Canyon

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty easy.. Beautiful

Well worth the climb! Stopped at several of the offshoots to check out the views.

The hike itself is flat and runs along private property for about half of it. The hot spring is more of a warm spring and had broken glass in it. You will leave feeling like you need a shower stat! We blogged about it if anyone is interested in reading more: https://practicalvagabonds.com/upper-potosi-hot-spring/

horseback riding
1 month ago

Plenty of room for horse trailer parking at the overflow parking area. Beautiful and well marked trail. Made it up to the 3.5 mile point, past the first top. Definitely worth an extra mile to get a better vantage point! The fall colors were breathtaking and plenty of room to pass other adventurers. Highly recommend this trail!

fishing
1 month ago

Bring fly pole for Graylings, also if want can try bottom fishing and get some cutthroats. Very fun hike and fishing!

hiking
1 month ago

Stunning views for the duration of this trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Bring a fly rod for graylings.

hiking
1 month ago

Fantastic hike. We did an overnight at Pine Creek Lake (windy and very cold at night in mid-Sept) and went up Black Mountain the first day. We went in on a Thursday and were the only ones camped at the lake. ~3.5 hours to the lake with packs, set up camp, and made our way to the summit by late afternoon. Lots of snow due to being late in the season. I would recommend having some climbing experience: parts of the ridgeline are very exposed and there is a short stretch of exposed technical climbing. The views are worth it though. For those interested, the fishing is good at Pine Creek and Jewel lakes.

nature trips
2 months ago

Beautiful spot, some pools where too hot and water levels where very low, but still had an enjoyable time. Will definitely be back!

hiking
2 months 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!

Beautiful views and forgiving trail.

hiking
2 months ago

This a beautiful canyon trail with a moderate climb on switchbacks until reaching to the Lee Metcalf Wilderness. I particularly enjoyed the views of Storm Castle from the west side of Gallatin Canyon. At first, I was confused why this trail said the "end" point was at 2.5 miles but it's because that's where the wilderness boundary technically starts. For the 5 miles out and back, you descend down into Hell Roaring canyon and eventually to the drainage. The lakes are much farther ahead on the trail. I'm not sure how many miles but I imagine it is too long for a day hike. This trail is probably popular for horseback riders as there is a shit ton of horse manure on the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Did this hike on the 4th of July, very rewarding! Narrow so if taking young kids I would plan to pack them

hiking
2 months ago

This is a very good hike. We had just gotten off the plane when we hiked it so it seemed harder than it really is. I loved how there were lookout points along the way that you could stop at and just take in the view. The changes in terrain were also very cool. Of course the finale at the top was amazing. The view and the rock formations up there are definitely worth sticking it out.

hiking
2 months ago

Very busy with bikes and dogs. If you want a quiet hike - this isn’t the place for you. It is a steady upward but easy climb - it begins to follow the river but then you are above it. Trees and the sound of water - but nothing spectacular. Nice gravel pathway makes it a favorite of bikers and strollers. Very busy - just ok.

hiking
2 months ago

Such a stunning view at the top! It’s absolutely worth the trip up!

I love this hike. It is shaded a loop is always nice to do and I find it very relaxing. A little secret is of you park in the parking lot you have about a mile hike across a field before you even get to the trail head. So many people turn in by the homes and Park alongside the road and start right at the trailhead!
If I had to post a negative some times bikers come flying down the trail with not a lot of regard for others but usually they are decent. Try it! I’m sure it will become a favorite!! This is probably my favorite hike in Bozeman

Great trail for a run! Beautiful views of the Bridgers and some views of town as well.

Its truly 5 miles even.... great views, great hike.....

Nice hike. Continue on a bit further on to Heather Lake via the trail that leads right of Emerald Lake once you reach the lake. It's a bit more private and quiet for this trail which gets a ton of multi-use traffick.

We came in late at night. There are two entrances, the first one leads to open space for bigger RV's, parking for day hikers, and the road to one side of the campground. The second entrance is to more campsites along the creek, where we ended up moving to the next morning. This place is beautiful!! We followed a trail along the creek for a bit that was a quick easy hike. There is another hike, 303(?), across the main road that leads up 900 ft to a vista of the valley according to the camphost.

The hot springs are an easy hike about a mile. We went twice, once in the afternoon which had more people in and out, and in the morning with just us. We spent some "au natural" time in the springs. The temps are not extremely hot more like a bath or hot tub at best. We thoroughly enjoyed the springs!

The main road leads back to more marked campsites and a fork pointing to Bell Lake or Granite Lake. We went up towards Granite Lake. The road is rough and slow going and we never did reach the lake after taking a side road and coming to a field to turn around. We did see an ATV going up the road presumably to the lake.

I recommend this campground and hot springs!

backpacking
2 months ago

8/11/2018. Stayed at the Garnet Mountain lookout cabin for the weekend. It was a little Smokey but the 360 views were amazing. Highly recommend!

2 months ago

been there many times. I always enjoy the varying terrain and scenery.

trail running
2 months ago

Really disappointed by this trail only because of our anticipation of a lake as shown in the pictures. There was no sign of an “end point” to the trail so my husband and I hiked about 5 miles before turning around.

Although the trail is filled with horse droppings, the creek is beautiful and worth doing if you’re looking for a shorter hike with slower, easier incline. Could be great for trail running if that’s your thing too.

hiking
3 months ago

Mostly shaded, we went early in the day. Park at the overflow lot as neighbors seem strict about not parking on the road leading to trailhead. Lots of elevation gain pretty quickly and several switchbacks, worth it, but maybe not great for a group. Seemed popular with locals. Wonderful views at the top. bring lots of water.

3 months ago

Pretty trail. I am looking forward to making it out here this fall as I noticed some aspen trees! I am certain this trail will be a frequent for me, and next time would like to take it to the College M!

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