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13 days ago

The way up was so beautiful this summer. Amazing wild flowers. The trail got a bit rocky up top, so I think I’ll have to get some ankle support boots for next time!

Always a good hike while in Montana!!!!

Great hike. Just very busy. Lots of off leash dogs.

Superb views but steep climb and slippery in winter

Nice loop trail close to downtown. I was visiting a friend and she took me out. The views are good and the trail is dog friendly.

3 months ago

was quite crowded after work. beautiful area with water for dogs

4 months ago

Beautiful view at the top. The trail was easy to see in the snow. Beautiful rock formations as well!

hiked this in September! Gorgeous views!

Some spots are very inclined and very easy to slip but overall it’s not that difficult. Not too long either.

4 months ago

Decent trail with a great view of Bozeman. Don't go if windy though, it's pretty open at the top and will cut you up.

Easy trail with a longer, less steep option and a steeper, shorter option. Both paths are very nice and not super steep. A pretty short hike with great elevation and views from up top. Lots of off leash doggos- might be good info for those who plan to bring their pups. Overall, a pleasant and brief afternoon hike that is only 5 miles from Bozeman city center.

Beautiful hike! We were going to camp at island lakes but there was a snow crossing that didn't look safe so we turned around and camped at mystic. Spent two nights and explored the area and fished. Really enjoyed our time and look forward to going back. Had a few good afternoon mountain thunderstorms.

Beautiful day hike, left early and no one was around for most of the day. Right before getting to the first lake is kind of a when the heck am I going to get there feeling then you pop over a little crest and there it is! There's a few very decayed cabins along the route, I'm a big fan of abandoned buildings so that was fun. One of my favorite hikes in the Beartooths.

This post provides instructions to the summit of Lower Mt Ellis, 8 miles round trip, 2246 ft elevation gain. About 4.5 hours, excluding lunch break. Trailhead is at the end of Mt Ellis LANE, not Mt Ellis Rd. At the end of the public road, there is a private road continuing straight, and the trailhead through a swinging wood gate is located to the right of this road. State land use permit ($10) required. Bring plenty of water for you and your dog! Continue on the trail up the gradual incline through a meadow for about a mile. Veer to the left at the fork to stay on forest service road FS 712 (see map). In about 100 yds, pass through a barb wire gate and continue up the road to about the 2 mile mark. On a grassy slope at a fork, veer right to stay on FS 712 to continue uphill. Keep your eyes open for views of the Crazies and Absarokas. At about the 3 mile mark or beyond, a small (4" dia. Trunk) fir tree lays across the road. Look for a rock cairn and head up the hill to the right. The trail here is narrow and steep. It took us nearly an hour to cover the final mile to the summit. But the 360 degree views of the Bridger, Absaroka, Spanish Peak, and Tobacco Root mountain ranges are truly breathtaking. If you want to peak Mt Ellis, leave early and avoid the up and down to Lower Mt Ellis.

Best hike I've done to date. Not an easy one but worth it once you get to the top and your the only one up there. Above average hiking boots recommended. When the sun goes down, it's gets pretty cold up there!

It is not an easy WALK to the top. It was 3 1/2 miles to the peak and it is elevated at the last half mile. FYI there were fresh bear tracks the entire way up and do not recommend anyone to go up there unless having a firearm. The trail is not clear at all but is nice and quiet, total nature and underrated trail.

Not sure why it's rated moderate but this was a very easy nice hike to do and gives you a great view of bozeman! it's a little less crowded than the M hike too which is nice!

Nice hike but beware, there are many dogs on the trail hiking far out in front of their irresponsible owners who are uninterested in controlling their four legged hiking partners. Rules state that pets must be leashed or under DIRECT voice control, please adhere.

5 months ago

Nice snowy hike. Enjoy the solitude after the falls. The temperature swing over the last ridge during a snow storm can be quite drastic.

Great trail with wonderful lakes! Definitely go when there is snow as it makes the mountains look so much more beautiful!

awesome trail, great up and down terrain, beautiful views, nice cardio, loved it!

I really enjoy this hike

5 months ago

Beautiful fall colors throughout the lower half of the trail and sweeping valley views at the top. Perfect Sunday afternoon hike.

5 months ago

This is an easy walk with beautiful views. The road in is a bit of a rough drive and one lane at some points. Nice photo ops all the way.

5 months ago

This is one of my new favorites. It's completely worth it to get to the top of the canyon, you won't be disappointed by the amazing views. Even though I've fallen a bit out of shape the elevation gain is manageable with minor huffing and puffing and I was still feeling great at the top. Took about four hours before I was back in my car

Pretty smokey day, but still got a great sunset! Lots of dog poop!

5 months ago

Favorite hike in Montana. The lake is a true treasure at the end. Felt like Scotland.

5 months ago

Not my favorite but still very nice.

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