Best bird watching trails in Custer Gallatin National Forest, Montana

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Explore the most popular bird watching trails in Custer Gallatin National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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#1 - Ousel Falls Park Trail
Custer Gallatin National Forest
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 49 m
#2 - 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
#3 - M Trail
Custer Gallatin National Forest
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 1 h 19 m
Really fun trail with beautiful views of the valley and mountains to the south. Lots of dogs, kid friendly. Nice views of the city.Show more
#4 - South Cottonwood Creek Trail
Custer Gallatin National Forest
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 1 h 57 m
#5 - 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 treeline that provides wonderful panoramic views of the surrounding area. Reaching the summit of Baldy Mountain is a one-way hike of almost 4.5 miles with about 4000 feet of elevation gain. Allow at least five or six hours to complete the trip up and down; it can be done faster, but most people will take significantly longer than that.Show more
#6 - Mount Blackmore via Blackmore Trail
Custer Gallatin National Forest
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Length: 10.8 mi • Est. 6 h 53 m
#7 - South Fork Trail to Pioneer Falls
Custer Gallatin National Forest
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 3 h 10 m
#8 - Ross Peak
Custer Gallatin National Forest
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Length: 8.4 mi • Est. 4 h 23 m
Pretty hike and about 30-35 minutes from Main Street. Limited parking/ car camping sites available along the road. There are a couple of small creek crossings for water for the dogs and partial shade. Once on top, the views into Gallatin Valley, Shields River Valley, Crazy Mountains and Brackett Creek are beautiful. From the pass, hikers can proceed on to Bridger Foothills Trail #534, Bridger Ridge Trail #613 or head up to Ross Peak. Lovely hike close to Bozeman!Show more
#9 - Golden Trout Lakes Trail
Custer Gallatin National Forest
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 42 m
Users have reported that the road leading to the trailhead might require 4WD with high clearance.Show more
#10 - Garnet Mountain Trail
Custer Gallatin National Forest
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Length: 7.7 mi • Est. 5 h
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