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backpacking
1 day 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!

hiking
3 days ago

What a nice hike! The top of the trail has an awesome view and the M is fun to see up close. This is definitely a must do for Bozeman visits! I suggest taking the more rigerous .5 mile trail to the top and then the 1.9 mile trail to the bottom, this makes for a good work out and cool down! One last peice of advice is to watch out for CAR THEFT at the trail head parking, definitely hide valubles!!

trail running
4 days 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
6 days ago

it is a great hike, but if you're not used to hiking up for a while then you will be tired! there are many false summits so prepare yourself mentally to be disappointed when you see another peak!! we hiked in the dark on our way out and the trail was easy enough to do it with ease!

hiking
8 days 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.

shady, no mile markers, lots of pesky flies! lots of beautiful waterfall options. bring lots of water, you'll need it.

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!

Ran with my two girls (11/9). We each carried a full hydro pack and brought a lifestraw along. We had plenty of fuel as well. The hike was amazing. We didn't hike to the top of the peak. We hiked to a lower one as I didn't feel safe enough with the last mile with my kids due to terrain.
The girls ran out of water at the peak and used the lifestraw on the way down. The waterfalls were amazing and so were the wildflowers! I would do this hike again in a heartbeat! It took us 5 hours to run/hike/enjoy this. I stopped and took a zillion photos and we spent about 20 minutes at the lake.

hiking
12 days ago

Take the road until it dead ends at the last trail head. Note the trail head marker might be miss marked. It mentions trail 531 seasonal usage when in fact it’s trail 432 (I think). I started at noon and a good spray of bug repellent and had no problems. Pretty wide path and perfect gentle slope all the way up. I did a slow jog for most of it, really great trail running path, Up and down. Loaded with wildflowers. Passed plenty of happy friendly ppl. The lake is at the top of a wide open meadow. Crystal-clear waters. Me and the dogs are in good shape and even with our jogging and lots of picture time and playing in the water we made it up in 2 1/2 hours. And down in 1 1/2. Total 4 hr trip. Tank top, shorts, and Obozo low hikers. Nice to have a light zippy up top. Peace love and happiness to your hike!

Epic wild flower hike - beautiful.

backpacking
13 days ago

Fantastic and interesting trail, and a beautiful destination- worth the extra mile to get to Heather Lake. Terribly buggy, bring multiple bug sprays if you plan on staying more than an hour or two.

Very beautiful hike to the lake. The hike is quite tough with the long uphill way (7,5K) but worth to do it. We had no problems with mosquitoes...

hiking
16 days ago

Not a bad trail. Not to challenging. We had a six year old with us and she made it fine.

The many waterfalls and streams are beautiful! We detoured off the trail to see each of the falls, including Grotto, and ended up walking about 13-14 miles. Silken Skein Falls is at least 1/4 mile off the trail and despite climbing up a narrow trail through the trees never got a good view. I will skip it next time. We were able to manage all of the stream crossings without getting wet feet. Closer to the lake, there is a large stream crossing but you can take a trail to the left up the hill along the creek to connect back with the main trail, thereby avoiding two big crossings. The trail has a flour-like dust, so a beer and shower at the end of this dusty trail is advised. We hit the trailhead at 7:30 am on a Tuesday and saw six people ahead of us and about forty in the way back. We didn’t haul water for our dog due to the abundant creeks, but I drank 2.5 L.

hiking
19 days ago

wow!!! The views were absolutely astounding. Wildflowers everywhere. I started early in the morning, which meant it was nice and shady on the trail, there weren’t too many other hikers/bikers, and the bugs weren’t as bad. Make sure to bring some solid hiking boots — I wore my running shoes and they did not fare well. The trail is very rocky throughout and dusty toward the top. Also beware of grizzly bears and their droppings. Keep bear spray with you just in case (I didn’t see any, but better safe than sorry), and watch out for the droppings along the trail. The lake was beautiful as well — you can walk all around it and there are plenty of little shady spots to eat lunch or dip your feet. Also make sure to veer off the small paths toward the stream every once in a while, there is a waterfall, some cascades, and there are wildflowers all along the creek bed. Overall, a really lovely outing!

Nice little multi-purpose trail headed up to Fairy Lake if you are looking to nix the last two miles up to the lake due to road conditions. This trail certainly gets the job done in that case and is nice for adding a few more miles on to your day at Fairy Lake and up to Sacajawea Peak.

Gorgeous views and trail. I enjoy tackling the loop counterclockwise personally. Generally this trail loads up with tons of people: hikers, bikers, runners, families, and dogs. It can be a lot at times but I've certainly been able to enjoy the trail mostly to myself from time to time if I'm lucky.

Another short hike or trail run if you are short on time. This trail definitely loads up with people but the different variations of the trail are nice to help spread folks out a bit on the trail. Excellent trail for those who are visiting town as you get some nice views or Bozeman and can say you hiked the "M" in Bozeman.

mountain biking
21 days ago

Challenging uphill climbs and loose sandy gravel on the downhill stretches. Needs good grippy tires during the drier weeks. A great trail for hikers too. Good view at the top.

hiking
21 days ago

If the hike to the lake isn't quite challenging enough give this a go. Great views, but you gotta earn them. I did it today and the trail right before the ridge was still covered in snow. Have to improvise a little bit for another week or two...no big deal.

23 days ago

short convenient hike. Preferred drinking horse. Decent workout in that first 1/2 mile.

hiking
24 days ago

Do not do this hike in the middle of the day when it's hot. You will melt. Very little shade and very steep. A trademark hike in Bozeman, but I think drinking horse across the street is a much better hike.

hiking
24 days ago

Great hike! Mostly in the shade which is awesome! The bugs are pretty bad, bring bug spray. The wildflowers are amazing though! Climb is gradual, but it mostly follows the river which has some pretty cool cascades and waterfalls. I'm not in the best shape, but with a tired dog it only took us 5 hours. Would definitely recommend!

Beautiful hike with my husband and dog. Like some others have said, trail is likely closer to 12 miles, but a nice gradual incline for the most part. The last mile or so had some great wildflowers! We started around 6am on a Tuesday and didn't see anyone until we were about halfway down. Being from an area without grizzlies, we were a bit nervous on the way up, but didn't see any signs of bears. Took us 2h20 to get to the lake and 2h to get back. Cliffs at the lake are impressive! Be prepared for all the bugs - there were more mosquitos than I had ever seen in one place before! Fun hike and glad we went!

hiking
26 days ago

The drive to the lake is very rough—probably not advisable unless your car/truck has high clearance and/or 4WD. The lake is very pretty, but can be crowded on the weekend. The flies were especially bad when we went.

hiking
28 days ago

Great views! Took the HARD short route up...45 minutes for .5 miles. Took the easier longer route down...20 minutes for 1-1.5 miles. Hardest climb I've done but well worth it!

trail running
29 days ago

Pretty sweet trail that has a lot of elevation gain in a short amount of time. Views are very nice further up the trail. Went on 22nd of July 2018 around 10 AM and had a close encounter with a mountain lion towards the high point. There were lots of people there so I felt relatively safe, but I had to scare the lion away and had my bear spray at the ready. Remember, no matter how busy a trail is, there is still a chance of running into dangerous animals so always be ready.

hiking
29 days ago

This trail is incorrectly marked on ‘AllTrails’. This is actually Fairy Creek Trail which does eventually take you to fairy lake. I would mark it as moderate due to it’s steady incline on the trek in. It was a great alternative for us as we did not want to continue up that horrible road to Sacagawea Peak trail head. It is an obvious atv trail based on the tracks however we saw only one other person on this trail and they were on foot which made for a very peaceful trek in to fairy lake. Once getting to the lake we then walked around the lake and made our way up to Sacagawea pass. All together our day was a 7 mile trip.

This trail has everything: Numerous waterfalls, beautiful lake surrounded by vertical mountains, amazing views down the valley. Not much more you could want.
At the start we had to take the Grotto Falls trail. The additional switchbacks add some distance. My gps read 6.5 miles at the lake , 13 back at the parking lot, making it a long walk.

A little more difficult than the waterfall trail but still the kids loved it. Great views.

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