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Summer 2016 Trails

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This was a nice slow hike through the woods. I got to the parking lot at around 830 am on a Friday thinking it would be crowded, but I was one of a couple of vehicles there. The trail is rocky but very doable. I had no problems with the trail or the hike. I seemed to be the only person on the trail at that time of day. it wasn't until I was getting close to the lake that younger hikers started passing me. It is a beautiful lake with wonderful views. On the return hike to the parking lot, the crowds were just heading up.

Short. Asphalt surface. Nice waterfall!

Rocky trail with some interesting creek crossing structures that work well until the it goes down a bit. Lots of friendly people and dogs out and about. Great destination for a quick break before you head back down.
And if you enjoy wild strawberries those should be ripe in the next few weeks!

hiking
2 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!!

A well populated trail. Despite the number of people who fill up the trail, the lake itself is huge, and there is opportunity to spread out a bit once you reach the lake. Nice spots to picnic or take a dip in the lake.

hiking
7 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.

hiking
7 days ago

Great hike with nice views. Moderate incline that was not too strenuous.

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!

Nice steady climb up following switchbacks. Somewhat rocky making for loose footing at times. Views and several lookout areas on way up. At top, a neat natural rocky arch. Had lunch with quite aggressive chipmunks. No fear. Hikers in front of us encountered a deer. At bottom visit stream across from parking area to cool off.

hiking
9 days ago

Great workout hike with steady uphill throughout. Saw this trail mentioned as a great kids hike in a local magazine but after hiking it, I would hesitate to bring children here. It is challenging enough you might end up carrying them but more because of the steep drop offs and narrow trails throughout. Keep a close eye on kids if you do bring them. Amazing views at the top.

Magic trail, definitely moderate and perfect start to hiking in Bozeman.

Nice moderate hike to chilly lake. Two 60+ hikers and we made it up and back in just over 2 hours hike time. Would recommend. Just over 5 miles out and back.

hiking
11 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!

This is a hard hike despite how short it seems! The dirt road from the highway to the trailhead will take you about 40 mins even though it's only 7 miles! We only saw a few mountain goats, but the views were spectacular! It's a hike that makes you feel on top of the world with 360 degree views of the valley! We took it slow and it took us 4 hours. It seems like it would be very hot but the wind was blowing pretty consistently and kept us very cool, even though we were in the sun almost the whole hike. Be wary of all of the rocks and slipping. There was definitely a few moments I had to get on all fours or slide down on my butt. This is an amazing hike though and I would highly recommend it!!

Epic wild flower hike - beautiful.

backpacking
12 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 nice hike through the forest up to the lake. The path is pretty rocky so be prepared with some hiking shoes. Would recommend getting to the trail head before 8am. Not too many views on the way up, but the lake and the peaks at the top are worth it!

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...

14 days ago

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

Absolutely gorgeous! Will do it again soon.

hiking
17 days ago

Great views the whole way up and down, trail is very well kept. Definitely a climb but the view is worth it

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.

nature trips
17 days ago

The road to the trailhead is nearly impassable with a low-riding sedan. The hike starts through the trees, opens up into a valley of switchbacks, goes over the pass, and around up to the summit. The elevation change is not for the faint-hearted. We're not hardcore but we were able to do it. It's pretty steep after rounding the pass. As of July 17, 2018, still some snow pack atop the valley just before cresting the pass. We saw 7+ Mountain Goats, including the acclaimed resident who hangs around the summit and has probably been fed by people. The views were incredible and totally worth it. I would classify it as difficult rather than moderate per the ft/mile elevation gain. Excellent hike if you can negotiate the road to the trailhead!!

hiking
18 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!

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.

Nice views from the top and a good workout, though overall I was a little less impressed with the trail as a whole. While th views up top are nice, I do feel that I've been on better trails in the area.

Awesome perspective of the Bridgers. While this trail can certainly fill up, it is so nice to see the variety of people who come to climb Sacajawea. This is a fun hike but certainly not for the faint of heart when it comes to heights and a steep climb on several switchbacks. It is a good workout and you certainly have your work cut out for you simply getting to the trail head on the rough road up to Fairy Lake.

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.

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