Looking for a great trail in Gallatin National Forest, Montana? AllTrails has 95 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 48 moderate trails in Gallatin National Forest ranging from 1.6 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.

Great trail with nice reward at the end. The last mile is pretty tough, but I’d label the rest as moderate. Lots of shade. Very few people on the trail for a Saturday in August. Nice lake at the end. Didn’t catch any trout, but saw plenty grabbing bugs off the surface.

I recommend this trail to anyone who enjoys hiking with families or solo. Beautiful day. Met some people on the trail but not crowded.

hiking
5 days ago

Great hike! We didn’t make it to the peak but had a good time hiking up to the saddle. Great views, even on a cloudy day. The road there is very bumpy and you need a truck or SUV with some clearance.

Nice option if your sick of Storm Castle and Garnet Mountain. The trail is a 2 track quad trail but we saw/heard not one soul on a Sunday in August so chances are you’ll have some solitude. The open burn areas have incredible wildflowers and the views of Gallatin Peak and Blackmore are worthy of exploring this.

Great hike. Started at the bottom of the trailhead with my Jack Russell. Didn’t see anyone on the trail up or down. We’re a significant amount of people around the lake. Dirt road, driving there, was fine.

hiking
muddy
rocky
6 days ago

hiking
bugs
muddy
6 days ago

Great trail of what we could complete of it (tired dogs after about 5 miles). Nice creek access in the first mile to cool off and spend some time socializing with other dog owners.

hiking
bugs
6 days ago

Well maintained and beautiful! the only complaint we had was the vast amount of mosquitoes. Overall, a terrific trail!

It was a great hike! Definelty worth the hike to the lake!! Such a pretty view!

Beautiful views throughout! I did this on a Friday afternoon and ran into several other hikers, but it wasn’t overly crowded (and plus, as a solo hiker, it’s nice to have a few other hikers nearby). Worked up a good sweat going up. Trail is very well maintained! Bug spray is a must-as soon as I sat down at the summit the mosquitoes attacked.

hiking
bugs
7 days ago

Awful hike unless you want horse flies all over you. Way too many horses and their poop. Beautiful views. A creek for dogs to cool off. Would have been great if we hadn't had to use 1 whole can of deet!

Two clarifications 1) The actual trail doesn’t follow the AllTrails/ forest service map’s straight lines through the upper meadow about 3 miles in. I was surprised to get an AllTrails notification that warned me I was way off the trail when I wasn’t. See recording on Aug 9, 2019. 2) The road isn’t nearly as bad as it was earlier described. Full size pickups will have no problems passing. We saw a Camry in the parking lot. The “Jeep Trail” is rough in spots but most vehicles should have no issues if careful. Other than that, great hike on a cool morning. We didn’t see waterfalls, just several easily accessible cascades (2-4 ft). I will probably avoid this hike in May and June due to the several potentially challenging creek crossings (just not my thing). We hiked through the upper large meadow and around the corner to the large rock cairn above the trail where we turned around. I wonder what its story is. Beautiful valley views. Bring some water for pups because there’s a long incline after 3 miles with no water access. We hit the trailhead around 8:00 am and saw few people and dogs.

hiking
7 days ago

easy paved trail to hike, great waterfall

trail running
muddy
over grown
7 days ago

Nice gradual trail. It seemed so flat at first that I was worried the end would be super steep but the whole way was chill. At the last waterfall, go left on storm castle instead of crossing.

hiking
8 days ago

Pretty flat. 75% shade. Lots of horse poop, so LOTS of flies everywhere. The views are not that good. Path was blocked by fallen trees... couldn’t make it to the top. 1h 30m up and like 1h down

Drove up yesterday (Aug 6th) to read a sign that said the last mile of road to the trailhead is closed to all traffic (foot, bike, car) due to construction until Aug 19th. Will have to wait to ride it again!

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful, but pretty busy - even at 8am

this was an amazing trail! my husband and I plus are two boys ages 8 and 10 plus our dog conquered this hike today! it was our longest hike as a family. it is definitely challenging at times, but not unachievable. The view at the top is wellworth the hardships on the way up! the wild blueberries along the way were an amazing snack! I would recommend bringing a container to take them home!

Great views, fairly decent amount of traffic, a good hard climb up. Benches at the top!

hiking
9 days ago

I really did enjoy this hike. It is beautiful. However, there is dog poop EVERYWHERE. Pretty discouraging that people who enjoy going out in nature don't respect it or take them time to be responsible.

Gorgeous trail! Not too crowded and the waterfall was really pretty.

hiking
10 days ago

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Hiked this in early August and, because of the recent rains, the flowers were fabulous. The trail is shadier early on, so the rain left some mud spots to go around, but the trail dries out as you get to open area. At about 4 miles each way and with some significant altitude gain, this hike felt moderate to hard.to me. I was pretty exhausted by the end. However, the trail is lightly trafficked and that is a big plus. If you go, go all the way to the look out station at the top. The 360° views are truly awesome. Just look at the pictures!

hiking
10 days ago

My first day hiking in Montana -- and a great choice it was. The trail is pretty well maintained. Proceeded beyond Emerald to Heather Lake. It's worth the extra mile or so.

hiking
rocky
scramble
10 days ago

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