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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.

19 hours ago

It is eight miles! Not 7.5 lol. It was just absolutely breathe taking. We went in October so we didn't have as many access to the lake as we wanted.

Incredible trail... backpacked it May 2017...plenty of wildlife, spectacular views, and challenging climbs... highly recommend this Trail.

Parking is not available in the winter. Nearest parking is 1.5 miles out from trail and snowshoes would have helped a lot. No one was on the trail and it was gorgeous.

Not a super hard hike and the view is amazing! Would recommend maybe having yaktrax or something for the winter as it was a bit slippery. One thing to note is the road is closed to get to the trailhead in the winter so you have to walk an additional mile or so to get there.

16 days ago

Beautiful area, we went to the area to summit Crazy Peak and camp near the lake!

Made this hike on a weekday in August 2000 (5 stars) and then again on a weekend in 2016 (4 stars). I would not do it again on a weekend due to the heavy trail use.
The moderate hike is very tolerable due to the shade. My legs grew more tired from the descent than the climb.
If you like wildlife, golden mantled ground squirrels and american pika are around when it's quiet. It was a lot of fun to watch them. The lake is gorgeous with the talus slopes and peaks in the distance.

25 days ago

Hiked this a long time ago, in August 2000. I had to stop to rest a little after the switchbacks, but the view of the Bridger Range and Bozeman in the distance was so so beautiful and worth every drop of sweat. Saw Rocky Mountain Goats at the summit, just below me. Grizzly ran in front of my car as I was leaving the parking area.

25 days ago

Burnt out forest trail with no shade until close to Passage Falls. The wind whistles over the pass and its distant sound is a bit otherworldly, was neat! My 7 year old son was able to hike this with me and tolerated it well, with just one rest on the way in for nourishment and to cool down (August 2016). Only one spot on the descent to the falls where I was concerned about my son being able to navigate the path, but he was fine with a hand to keep him balanced. The waterfall at the end was really very nice, a good day hike. Suggest taking a small picnic to pack in and out. There were quite a few people trekking in on this particular Friday. Maybe try midweek and early morning to maximize your experience.

I took the trail to the waterfall in February on a beautiful sunny day. The trail was easy and about 0.8 miles winding through the woods and alongside the river to Ousel Falls. Well worth it.

Always a fun hike, no matter the time of year. Family favorite!

Went hiking (no snowshoes) and was so happy to find a great hard-packed trail. Absolutely beautiful views and fairly easy trail for the first mile or two. We turned back from there, not wanting my dog to have to cross a small stream in freezing weather. Keep in mind it’s “Jeep only access” recommended for the last mile to the trailhead. A full-size truck would have been too wide and you needed ground clearance too.

1 month ago

We left "The Dead Indian Creek Trail", and stayed overnight in Cooke City. We then started on the Cooke City side. Parking was plenty. There is zero parking cost, part they are not responsible for any damage or theft to your vehicle. There is a picnic area here, along with a toilet. Beautiful waterfall, and neat history if you just wanted to see a roadside stop. We backpacked to Rock Island lake. Our campground was gorgeous, along with the view. It was not a bad jaunt, if you are looking for a quick place for experience. We had a huge moose walk passed our hammocks at about 3:00 a.m. The stomps were amazing, on top of waking up scared as hell knowing there was that huge animal passing by. We woke up to see him still in the lake splashing. Simply Amazing. I would love to come back and actually do the trail itself. We were told we were making a mistake going this time of year because mosquitos just hatched. THEY WERE NOT LYING. Being from Minnesota, we thought we were used to them. They were unbelievable, although with the proper clothing, never really were bitten. We were also told we would hit a lot of snow....we had a few patches but nothing to really even walk on.

2017 BRR Finisher

Amazing Views

Great hike. Just very busy. Lots of off leash dogs.

Super fun trail beautiful when you get to the top. We walked it but it seemed to
Be careful it is a popular bike trail.

Superb views but steep climb and slippery in winter

Such a beautiful hike with amazing views throughout. Would highly recommend to anyone in the area.

1 month ago

Beautiful in the winter time. The gate will be closed at the first parking lot past the dam when you make the left turn up for palisades. So it adds about an extra mile each way to the hike. Worth it.

love this hike! one of my favorites ❤❤❤

great short hike in the winter! beautiful weather today. freshly flocked trees and everything

3 months ago

Went during the Thanksgiving break in Nov 2017. It was snowy and icy for most of the trail. Slippery without ice grippers for soles. The trail itself is not very challenging. A couple of good views and interesting creek crossings. It was a good place to get out to.

Nice loop trail close to downtown. I was visiting a friend and she took me out. The views are good and the trail is dog friendly.

3 months ago

was quite crowded after work. beautiful area with water for dogs

3 months ago

On 24 Nov road conditions to access trailhead were treacherous with snow & ice. Even with four wheel drive we turned around after 2 miles. I did the hike in August and it's fantastic - highly recommend. But this time of year access is difficult.

First off, I’m going to start by saying that the way to Sacajawea Peak also leads you to Fairy Lake. So you can see and do both, or you could even combine the two trails into one super long one.

Second, this trail is super fun! But let me just put this out there, I’m super fit, going hiking often, and boy!! It was some work to get up to the top. I have a bad right knee, and was really feeling it once I was almost to the top, as the trail is super steep.

Thirdly, I would definitely recommend this to anyone if you love hiking! The views are amazing!

3 months ago

So much fun!!! The view was well worth it!!

3 months ago

Beautiful view at the top. The trail was easy to see in the snow. Beautiful rock formations as well!

If going in the winter time you will want some sort of micro spikes or yak traks. Very packed trail that can be basically a solid sheet of ice. Beautiful to see in the winter.

Gorgeous short hike. Snow up to my knees but still doable. ✌

4 months ago

Did this trail in late October to go hunting. Lots of elevation gain, but the views are worth it. I don’t expect this trail gets much traffic. Not suitable for anything other than hiking once you get up high. I wouldn’t trust my dog around lots of this terrain.

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