Explore the most popular birding trails in 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.

mountain biking
4 days ago

Great MTB trail still pretty snowy in 2nd week of June 2018

Super wild

17 days ago

What a great ski lots of climb but the views reward the work and good turns abound.

Good trial. There had been a good snowfall over the past couple of days, so it made the hike a little tricky, but not bad. I need to try this again in the summer months.

30 days ago

Did you notice that Elkhorn Creek disappears into the ground two and a half miles up the trail?

Great trial. A light snow had fallen the day before, so it was a little slick on the rocks. But, overall, a beautiful trail. It starts out as an aggressive ascent, but it lessens as you go.

Started just as it began to snow, about 3 inches when we reached the lake. Well worth it!

1 month ago

The drive up is brutal. One can make it with an suv but better with a truck that has more clearance - we've done both and it still is a slow go due to very Rocky road. Once there, the lake is gorgeous. Quick little trail all the way around and a switchback in and out or use the stairs. It would be fun to snowmobile up here.

Love this trail. Has picnic areas, benches, bridges, babbling river & waterfall.

This is a really nice hike to a very pretty lake. Go early.

This is a really nice hike to a very pretty lake. Go early.

Love this trail, it's pretty difficult with a lot of technical sections but incredible views. My favorite way to do it is as a shuttle, leaving a car at the base of the trail and driving one up Olson creek road. It's 7.8 miles one way so closer to 16 total.

Less busy than storm castle, better views

2 months ago

Did this the weekend after Labor Day and it was an instant favorite. The top is the payoff - moderately steep switchbacks with stunning views lead to a rock formation with super cool caves, keyholes and a summit rock with outrageous views. If you’re in shape it’s a quick 2.5-3 hours up and down. Highly recommend!

Well worth the climb! Stopped at several of the offshoots to check out the views.

2 months ago

Exactly as described - moderate difficulty and traffic. Beautiful trail that is supper well
Maintained and more or less follows Cottonwood Creek..

Totally enjoyed this hike!

The app is misleading- if you follow the red line you won’t be at the peak you will have two more miles up so it ends up being 8 miles round trip. Thats the only reason i give it a four out of five. The last quarter mile was essentially straight up but don’t give up it’s 100% worth it. I recorded my way down for anyone who wants to see the actual path. If you can do this hike you will feel rewarded and you won’t regret it !

Really amazing trail! I hiked it solo on 9/16/18. I was afraid of bears but did have spray. Just like everyone has posted, it is a moderately rocky trail so watch your step, almost no flat portions but no exposed slabs or anything like like, worth the hike!!!! Note, the rocks were a bit slippery because it had rained the night before. Make sure to wear hiking shoes. The trail took me under 2 hours to summit and a bit over an hour to descend. I am from CT and am used to hiking steep trails in the White Mountains but I am not used to the elevation. Bring water, a snack, and take your time.

Multi-purpose trail and lots of people out using it. If you are looking for an easy stroll and a double track for a group of people, this is a nice option.

The lake is freezing but I recommend jumping in anyway.

2 months ago

Stunning views for the duration of this trail.

An excellent hike/trail run if you’re looking for something quick!

Less busy trail. The portal creek road is challenging, best to have 4x4 or AWD with high clearance. Worth the drive and hike. Bring water, bear spray and your fly rod.

Busy trail. Best to head up early and on the weekday. Bring your fly rod, water and bear spray. Worth the rocky hike.

Beautiful views. At the right time of year, the wildflowers are amazing. Bring water and bear spray.

Easy, dog friendly trail.

Loved this hike. I’m a beginner hiker so this was a bit difficult but it was beautiful and worth it. There are not very many flat spots so it continuously goes uphill but the lake at the top is breath taking!

Great hike, my son even made it and he’s only 5. Beautiful spot.

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