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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snow
8 days ago

Super trail and happy to do it!

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rocky
snow
18 days ago

Beautiful views and well worth the hike. Very difficult in winter, make sure to bring all necessary supplies and extra water. When there is more than a foot of snow on the ground you better prepare for a vey hard hike.

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muddy
23 days ago

Such great views! We only made it 2 miles up due to mud and ice. We’ll definitely be back in the future to complete the entire trail.

A nice little trail. Not too hard, just a little slippery in spots due to the snow and slope. Nothing to worry about. I could have benefited from crampons but they weren’t required. The view at the top is awesome. 1h20m up and a little less coming down. If I had to make one complaint about this trail it’s that there isn’t much to see on the way up. It’s a nice hike through the woods though.

hiking
27 days ago

Absolutely stunning!

Beautiful hike, not too bad in the snow. The lake at the top was gorgeous. Just a treat for a little under 3 miles of climbing. very easy to get to.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful and worth every step! Views are incredible!!! Highly recommended

hiking
1 month ago

Difficult hike, 2.4 miles straight up. Made it up in an hour, and took about 50 to get down. Trail was a little muddy on the north side near the top, but nothing that will be much of a bother. A little snow left on the final few steps.

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muddy
snow
1 month ago

There is a huge tree blocking trail that is difficult to get through with branches and all. It would put a stop to a bicyclist. Snow wasn’t deep but waterproof shoes that could handle deep mud was important as was crampons for the icy bits. Hiked over from History Rock. Only saw three bags of dog feces- a record low for Bozeman trails.

Beautiful hike. Quite a few benches so you can rest. Some moderate steep spots but not hard. Lots of dogs. Nice people.

Quick and easy.

the lake is 3 miles and total is 6 miles in and back. terrain was rocky and slushy. into the lake is a vertical climb the entire hike.

hiking
1 month ago

I loved this hike! The narrowness of the trail brings the trees closer in and the smell is amazing. I did it in August so there were tons of huckleberries! I only hiked in around three or four miles and then turned around would love to go further next time and see what's up there!

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muddy
1 month ago

View was amazing. When we went 5 days ago, it was 20 degrees and snowing pretty hard. We passed only 2 other groups of people, both groups told us they turned around prior to the peak because of deep snow, and multiple bear tracks. We saw some tracks, and some bear scratches in the tree trunks... come prepared with bear spray! This hike is still my favorite hike we’ve done this whole trip. Don’t turn around! It’s worth it

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muddy
rocky
snow
1 month ago

The hike to Blackmore Lake had an inch or two of snow. The trail was a mixture of snowpack, mud, rocks and dirt. The lake had a thin layer of ice. We took the cutoff trail from the middle of the reservoir parking lot and had to push our way through a few small trees, which then dumped snow on us LOL. It was a bit of an effort, so on our way back, we took the trail down to the Crescent Lake trail at the junction and it was much easier.

hiking
1 month ago

Great workout and beautiful views! Have done this one many times. I love how close the Bridgers are to town and that you are able to summit the peaks within a few hours from various trailheads.

Nice 1 hour trail with some short punchy climbs if you go clockwise, but beautiful views at the summit.

This is a great trail. Well marked and the falls are beautiful. We saw a black bear on the way back but he showed no aggression at all.

The trail is very intense has a lot of rocks. I would like to believe that a hiking stake is very helpful. It is pretty heavily trafficked people tend to hike with their dogs. bring water and a snack. A beautiful scenic at the top.

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