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.

Loved the trail but be prepared for stepping over rocks the whole way!

Really enjoyed the trail, the view on top is well worth the effort

Very nice, moderate hike! Didn’t take too long, beautiful views!

Hiked today and it was all dry and no snow on top.

Easy and fun hike. Great for families and kids. I hiked it in January with snow boots. The waterfall is beautiful half frozen.
View my blog post here: https://www.brisul.com/blog/2018/1/23/ousel-falls-trail-big-sky-montana
And my vlog here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6mgW3d1x9o

Amazing little trail. I hiked it in the winter with tennis shoes and Yak Tracks. My feet were soaked at the end. Next time I will wear my new waterproof hiking boot. The trail is about 5 miles but you can continue along to Hyalite or other trails. It winds along and crosses a creek. I believe cross-country skies and/or snow shoes might be needed when it snows. The trail was packed for me. More can be found on my blog post (https://www.brisul.com/blog/2018/1/29/south-cottonwood-creek-trail-bozeman-mt)

Lovely view at turn around/ peak

I love hiking Baldy! Summitted on May 16th. A lot of snow before the final ascent, but easy to get around or follow other people's tracks.

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12 days ago

First it's important to note there are 3 trail heads in the parking area. Bear Canyon is down the road a bit more, the parking area is directly in front of New World Gulch and another trail. I took New World Gulch by accident for a little while, I turned around after a ton of snow, mud, slush, and eventually a stream too big to cross....mostly because I had on trail runners instead of full hiking boots. The snow and water made it hard for me to find the trail and keep on the trail.

Bear Canyon was a great trail until I needed snow shoes. I was knee deep in snow and had to turn around (again!). Easy trail to follow. More open than the New World Gulch trail.

Early morning was empty. Quite busy by the time I came down around 1pm . Lots of climbers headed to a crag.

Fairly easy hike with great views! It can get a little crowded at the top, but definitely worth it.

Road wasn’t too bad until about 0.2 miles from the trailhead; some pretty big moguls. You can get passed them with a high clearance vehicle. Be aware of high bear activity in this area - bring bear spray! There is a dead carcass alongside the beginning of the trail along with lots of torn trees and bear prints every where. The trail was beautiful and almost all the snow was melted until you reach higher elevation. Then there is about a mile stretch of snow that you have to hike through. Starts to clear out as you descend. Otherwise it was a beautiful hike with some good views of Bozeman and the Bridgers.

pretty easy hike, great views

Favorite daily hike near, close to town. Gets a little crowded on weekends, but it’s good for kids. It’s also fairly short so it’s nice to go on weekdays if you have time.

Kept hiking after the M and made it up to this Summit. Beautiful views, quite a bit of snow at the top during this time.

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25 days ago

Hiked this trail last weekend. Trailhead parking lot was closed so we had to park about 1/2 mile away and walk up the road. For the most part the trail was dry. When we reached the tree area (about a third of the was up). some ice and snow. There was a ton of snow the last 50 yards but that didn’t stop us. Great day!!

Takes 1-2 hours depending on how much time you spend at the top. It's a nice less popular alternative to the M with a great view of Bozeman

Great spring hike!! The first hike I do every spring..

Great shorter hike that's conveniently close to town. Has some good views. A little steep

Beautiful!

Easier than the M hike. Hiked this trail with my 5 year old. Took 2 hours with plenty of stops and breaks along the way.

Love this trail; we walk in multiple times a week and even with the ice/snow currently on it, it’s still very doable!

Beautiful hike, we went beginning of April so there was still a lot of snow and trails were icy in spots. I can’t imagine how beautiful it is in the summer!

Great short little hike, upper trail was a touch muddy. Took 1.25 hours, and that was with plenty of stops and geocaching along the way.

Pretty great hike! My 9 year old daughter hiked this trail with me. I was surprised considering the grade and 7.1 mile out and back! This is a beautiful hike with a pretty little lake at the top! Bring bear spray. Wear layers and have a water pack if you’re going in the warm weather and of course, snacks. You’ll want to hang out at the top for a while and enjoy the view! Wild flowers galore. Very pretty hike!

Pretty hike up to Lava Lake. The route is a nice, casual incline throughout the entirety.

1 month ago

Steady, moderate-to-severe incline all the way to the top! Great views once you reach the ridgeline. Crampons or piercing snowshoes are required to summit Baldy this time of year (March). Good luck!

Went a few miles back yesterday, trail is pretty packed down and slick from skiers, so make sure to wear ice grips.

Icy in spots, but beautiful scenery along the way. People need to pick up after their dogs!
A nice hike.

Great hiking area but this is not a Jeep or off roaring trail. I live a mile away from the trail

Very beautiful trail. A little difficult only because of the ice. Additional trails that go lower near the waterfall and above as well.

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