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Best trails in Custer Gallatin National Forest

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Looking for a great trail in Custer Gallatin National Forest, Montana? AllTrails has 105 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 59 moderate trails in Custer Gallatin National Forest ranging from 2.1 to 48.2 miles and from 4,901 to 10,019 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Encompassing more than 3 million acres and stretching across seven ranger districts including Bozeman, Hebgen Lake Ranger District in West Yellowstone, MT, Yellowstone R.D. in Livingston, MT, Gardiner R.D., Beartooth R.D. in Red Lodge, MT, the Ashland R.D. in far southeastern MT and Sioux R.D. in Camp Crook, SD, the Gallatin National Forest is known as one of the most ecologically diverse landscapes in the region. As Gateway to Yellowstone National Park, the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness and the Lee Metcalf Wilderness; the Forest features many adventures among rugged mountains, including the tallest Peak in Montana to remote buttes and the bluffs of southeastern Montana and northwestern South Dakota.

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#1 - Lava Lake (Cascade Creek) Trail
Custer Gallatin National Forest
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 3 h 19 m
The Lava Lake (Cascade Creek) climbs 1600 ft to a beautiful lake setting that is surrounded by the Spanish Peaks. The trail to Lava Lake follows a very obvious route without any potentially confusinShow more
#2 - Ousel Falls Park Trail
Custer Gallatin National Forest
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 49 m
Ousel Falls Park Trail is a 1.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gallatin Gateway, Montana that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily useShow more
#3 - Storm Castle Peak
Custer Gallatin National Forest
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 3 h 9 m
Please note: gate to trailhead closes seasonally and adds about 3 miles or 45 minutes to the hike overall.Show more
#4 - Drinking Horse Mountain Trail
Custer Gallatin National Forest
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 17 m
The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 1-3 hours. The trail is steep, and it is easiest to go counter-clockwise. Great views of Bridger Canyon and the Gallatin Valley.Show more
#5 - Sacagawea Peak
Custer Gallatin National Forest
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 3 h 9 m
Note: Users have reported that the road to Fairy Lake is currently closed. Please check with the park before attempting to drive to this trailhead. Please note that the road leading to the trailhead Show more
#6 - Sypes Canyon
Custer Gallatin National Forest
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 3 h 36 m
Sypes Canyon is a 6.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bozeman, Montana that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is bestShow more
#7 - Grotto Falls Trail
Custer Gallatin National Forest
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 9 m
Grotto Falls Trail is a 2.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Emigrant, Montana that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hikingShow more
#8 - Emerald Lake Trail
Custer Gallatin National Forest
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Length: 8.9 mi • Est. 4 h 50 m
Emerald Lake Trail is a 8.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bozeman, Montana that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and isShow more
#9 - Hyalite Creek Trail to Hyalite Lake
Custer Gallatin National Forest
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Length: 10.9 mi • Est. 5 h 51 m
Please note that trails in this area/roads leading to the trailheads are often closed well into May for snowy conditions. Please check with the Gallatin National Forest for more information if visitinShow more
#10 - Baldy Peak Summit
Custer Gallatin National Forest
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Length: 9.6 mi • Est. 6 h 48 m
Baldy Mountain is a very popular hiking destination in the Bridger Range north of Bozeman, Montana. A hike to the top takes you through some beautiful forested areas to an exposed ridge above the treeShow more
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