hiking

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trail running

kid friendly

lake

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dog friendly

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river

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dogs on leash

waterfall

fishing

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fly fishing

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.

Beautiful trail by running water and then a great payoff at end with a stunning lake

trail running
2 days ago

My favorite trail for trail running ever: Steep climb to top, Smooth downhill glide to bottom.

This trail took us by surprise - It's actually 6 miles in total, with 1600ft of elevation change each way. We had a mixed group skill level wise - but it was worth every earned step! We made sure each person made it up by taking breaks throughout the accent. The lake is absolutely PRICELESS - super peaceful, super relaxing. I would recommend spending at least a few hours at the top - coming back down is a cake walk though, all downhill!

3 days ago

The terrain changes throughout the hike. Fairly easy, and you're able to connect with other trails at the top. Close to town. One of my regular go-to hikes.

hiking
3 days ago

very awesome trail for an afternoon hike with a great view

on Johnson Lake Trail

hiking
4 days ago

Great hike. Great views. Pretty easy. The path is well marked and has a few signs, but does diverge slightly from the AllTrails map.

Great hike! Lake was super beautiful. Headed out early to avoid traffic. Lots of people on the way down. Ran into some old friends, which was a great surprise!

very cool for beginners!

The trail and the falls were fantastic. Be sure though to lock your doors and remove your hitch as ours was stolen.

I would give this 10 starts if I could. My favorite hike out of all my hikes ♡ a challenge at points but a great experience. And blue lake does not disappoint! don't be fooled by the mud puddle that comes before it lol.

great trail for a quick family outing. lots to see, nice places to stop n have a picnic or lunch. a lot if people but everyone was very friendly.

Tight, muddy trail in portions where bushes are over growing the trail. Not overly trafficked on a Tuesday morning. Nice pay off at the end when you reach the falls! When you get about 1.6 miles in, you'll see a bridge. Ignore it and go straight, up the hill and you'll see a clearing with a cabin soon. Then, you'll be about .2 away from the falls.