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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.

Was told it’s a short hour to the top... count on more. But the view was worth it. Everyone else had bearspray (or a gun) so we felt nervous for awhile, but plenty others on trail.

Did this with my 13 yr old son on Father’s Day. Rained the entire hike and so windy at the top that we could barely stand! All in all, very beautiful, lots of flowers, but unfortunately it was so cloudy that we had very little visibility and really no views. It was an accomplishment just to make it. That last half mile is a doozie!

Great hike. Kids did it well. Beautiful when we got to the lake

1 day ago

Beautiful views

A majority of the path is paved with a gradual incline. Nice short hike with a breathtaking waterfall at the end. Beautiful!!

Went very early on a weekday and it was a quiet hike with solitude. Views on the way to the falls are just as beautiful as the falls itself. Short and easy hike.

Really nice trail with the best waterfall at the end! Views from high up and right on the water.

This is a wonderful hike. Beautiful alpine meadows. Crystal springs and finally grand mountain views. But if the M trail is rated moderate, how can a ten miler with close to 3500 feet gain fall into the same category?
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4 days ago

I would recommend doing this trail hike in early morning or on an overcast day because much of it is through a burn area with no shaded areas until close to the falls. A steam alongside the trail for much of the beginning if you have dogs that need a dip or sip. There are lots of trees still standing from the burn and I’m always afraid one may come down on me when they begin to creek in the wind. Numerous recent signs of where trees had come down alongside and across the trail. Nonetheless it is a beautiful hike in its own way. Special seeing the young new trees beginning to make their way. And the falls this time of year were roaring! Spectacular!

Beautiful loop but somehow we missed where we were supposed to “loop” around. Signage was poor. Another hiker we met felt the same and had also missed the loop. But in missing it we went further up the trail and were treated to a surprise of green flowered alpine meadows and mountain vistas unsurpassed by any I’ve seen. Reminded me of hikes I once did in the Swiss alps.

4 days ago

I fell a couple miles short of the lake before I turned around (talked to others at the trailhead who did the same) there's still a considerable amount of snow/it was too deep for me. Wear boots, the way up is gorgeous and challenging for hikers wanting to get into better shape!

One of my favorite hikes—mainly for the destination. Easy hike for the most part—steady incline towards the end, nothing major.

Wonderful trail- all uphill for 3 miles. The rocks were somewhat challenging at times. The view of the lake was spectacular. Much easier on the return since it was all downhill. The river running by the trailer is beautiful and very serene. It took us three hours total

Absolutely stunning the whole way through. Very rocky trail, but worth every step once you get to the lake!

Gorgeous views! Great easy trail with a lot of places to picnic, even right next to the falls!

6 days ago

I blithely skipped past all the reviews saying "this is the hardest trail I have ever done" because I consider my self a pretty experienced hiker. I have hiked Half Dome. I have hiked Blackmoore. Garnnet lookout. NONE of them were as hard as this. It's practically straight up straight down. I thought I was going to pop a lung on the way up and the way down wasn't much better because I'm pretty sure I'm going to lose a toenail. Plus it's windy. And I mean REALLY windy. I had to take off my hat and strap my backpack down tighter. My dog almost got blown over. At one point I spit and I'm pretty sure it hit Bridger Canyon rd. I passed all FOUR false summits (That's right, where the pole is and the registration box is NOT the summit, it's like 3 away from that). When I got back to the box to write my name in, my fingers were so stiff and cold from all the wind that I took up 3 lines and it looked like a toddler wrote it. Try Sacajawea. Try Bangtail. Try something that's not a complete staircase of a trail with "great views" that you can't even see through the sweat pouring into your eyes.

Great trail with amazing views. Make sure you go all the way to the top. Has a picnic table and views on the back side of the mountain.

7 days ago

Great views at the lake, but getting up was sorta difficult due to the trail being snowed over, but if you follow the creek, you'll find it, very worth it (btw went on June 8 was still snowy)

Super easy hike! Awesome for kids and family. Waterfall is great to see anytime of the year!

7 days ago

I really enjoy sypes. Not too many people and lots of different stuff to see.

Heavily trafficked but quick and easy to do! Pretty views on top.

Love lava lake! Trail is very rocky. Lots to do at the lake like hiking around it, up to the ridge, or cliff jumping.

Triple tree is quick and easy with great views of the Bridgers and the valley. Love this little hike, it’ll always be a favorite. Watch out for mud in the spring.

Wow I really love this hike! Definitely one of my favorites in the area. A good climb and amazing views at the top!

Pretty decent trail! Lots of variety such as switchbacks and up and down flowy trail parts. Lots of pretty views and wildflowers. Watch out for mountain bikers. Best time to go would be earlier morning. I didn’t see anyone the first half of my hike. The old mining shack at the top was a pleasant surprise.

Great hike - The trails are well-maintained and easy to navigate. The scenery is stunning.

7 days ago

Great hike, 4 miles round trip to the lookout. High snowpack up top still. I had the trail to myself today.

8 days ago

Visited on 6/9/18. The trailhead is not yet accessible by vehicle as there is still snow/ice. However, you can drive to a parking area about 2.5 miles from the trailhead and then walk. The road is in pretty bad shape but is just barely doable in a sedan if you take it really slow. This is an awesome trail with great views, however it is easy to lose the path in the snow. Still, many others have hiked this trail recently and you can follow their footsteps up.

9 days ago

decent hike but not great. the views are obstructed all the way up. the trail is littered with fallen trees and atv tracks. the snow was also pretty deep when I went last week. the lake at the top is pretty

great easy hike. no reason to not do it

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