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Cinnamon Mountain Trail is a 8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Big Sky, Montana that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until September. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 8.0 mi Elevation gain 2,621 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Camping Hiking Horseback riding Mountain biking Nature trips Running Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs Muddy Snow
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It is a beautiful hike through a pine forest and meadows to an old fire tower on top of Cinnamon Mountain. The trail is well-maintained but can be very muddy during late spring. It starts on Cinnamon Buck Trail No. 6 with a gradual uphill until reaching a junction. From there, take a right onto Cinnamon Lookout Trail No. 73 to climb the steep switchbacks up above the treeline. As you switchback through the meadows, you will see impressive views of the Taylor-Hilgard peaks and Sphinx Mountain in the distance. Then, you do a final climb towards the ridge to the old fire lookout tower. At the top of the ridge (9,231 feet), you are surrounded by some of the best mountain views in the area that include Lone Mountain, Sphinx Mountain, the Taylor Hilgard range, Sage Peak, Monument Peak, the Spanish Peaks, Gallatin Canyon, Ramshorn Peak, and Yellowstone National Park. Useful information: To find the trailhead, turn right at Forest Service Road 248 opposite the Cinnamon Lodge in Gallatin Canyon, which is 13 miles south of Big Sky. You drive just a short distance (1/2 mile) to the trailhead. The trail is dry in most places but during the muddy season. However, people with horses have used the trail too early and made it difficult to find a dry way through the wet spots.

You'll drive down a little dirt road about a mile pass an old restored cabin. Parking lot is a large dirt loop.

Head up early to avoid getting caught in the afternoon thunder storms.  We got hail, rain and wind about 1/2 mile before the trailhead and the trail gets really slick once it starts raining. So, bring a raincoat and trekking poles--they will help keep you from sliding around in the mud.

If you're driving north the trail head will be on your left, if you hit the signal light to turn into Big Sky you've gone too far.

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Cheryl S.
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HikingGreat!MuddySnow

Gorgeous! I clocked 4.2 miles to the fire lookout. It was a steady climb the entire way, but never too challenging. It was a clear day and the view at the top was stunning! Was pretty muddy for the duration, so be prepared for that. It slowed me down on the way up and I ate it a couple times on the way down, but nothing bad. Didn’t see any wildlife aside from a few birds. I was the only one on the trail...not another soul in sight. Another reviewer recently mentioned a few fallen trees, but those have been taken care of.

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Caitie Van Sloun
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Hiking

Beautiful hike but we couldn’t see out further than ~5 miles due to smoke. Hoping to redo and see the hike for what it’s truly supposed to be! Heads up that horses and dirt bikes use this trail so be ready to jump off trail out of their way.

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Karen Hill
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Hiking

Have hiked this several times... never disappoints especially when the sun is shiny. Only issue this time was 5 large trees blocking the path within the first 1/3 of the hike. Made for an extra challenge. Several of us recorded the hike and found it to be 4.5 miles vs 4 to the fire station.

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Dora Flesher
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HikingGreat!

I hiked this last week. Sadly it was an overcast day so we didn’t have much of a view from the top. You gain a lot of vertical with a steady climb. So it’s never super difficult just long! You don’t get much of a view until this top but the walk is pretty through trees. We only saw two other hikers the entire time. 5 dirt bikes passed us as we descended. The drive to the trailhead from Big Sky was very pretty. If you want a cardio workout this is the trail for you.

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Jennifer Linn
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HikingGreat!

It is up up up the entire time. It was a decent hike. Due to the fires the air quality and visibility were not great so I can't comment on the views.

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Todd Kennedy
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Hiking

Awesome!

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Brian Cummings
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Horseback riding

One of the best horseback routes in the Gallatin valley. Second only to Bacon Rind Trail. The views from the top are amazing, the Aspen forest on the way up is also beautiful.

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Danny Kalb
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Kenneth Cobb
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Hiking

Strenuous hike but definitely magnificent and rewarding at the top. We went in mid August and should have taken a bit more water or refilled at a stream a mile and a half or so up, as there was little usable water past that point.

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Amy Kotsenas
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Hiking

Loved this hike from beginning to end! It’s a steady climb the whole way, nothing too steep and no rock scrambles at the top. And the 360 degree views at the top are AMAZING!

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cody chambers
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HikingGreat!

good clean trail, great views on top plenty of areas to explore. Passed a fare amount of people,but it was a good hike!

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T Berch
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HikingBugs

Trail was well marked and the wildflowers were magnificent in the meadows on the way up. However, what I cannot accurately describe for you is the swath of black flies that can be likened only to a literal plague of them. It almost overtook the beauty of the hike as they were persistent and numerous. Views were grand. Wanted to punch the flies in the face.

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Alexandra V
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Sara Newman
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Erika Martens
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Beth Hecimovich
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Hiking

Liked this better than beehive basin . Wildflowers were spectacular and trail was much less crowded . View from the top is worth the effort .

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Tom Wagner
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Hiking

We hiked this today after the overnight rain. It was a bit muddy on the way up - made for some slippery fun. The meadows were amazing and the view from the top was as advertised - 360 view of the surrounding mountains. We didn't see any wildlife and one ran into one hiker each way (up/down). Definitely one of our favorites in the area!

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Jake Ryan
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Jim DeMay
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I hiked the trail today 7-7. Lovely wild flowers in the meadows along the lower end of the trail. Horses take the lower path and they can chew up the trail especially in muddy areas. The area of the tree line has wonderful vistas. The trails are in excellent shape up top. The top was windy and cool today with a small bit of snow. You can see 360 from the top all around the area. Beautiful. A long steady climb. You need boots and to be in decent shape.

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Kenneth Lindsey
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Hiking

Awesome hike, a bit muddy in spots, but doable. Some of the most beautiful wildflowers we’ve seen and impressive views at the top. Definitely a top hike in our book.

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Holger Lüdorf
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Hiking

Wonderful hike. Stunning views! Saw a Black Bear on the way down. He got scared/startled and ran away, so stay close together and bring a bear spray just in case. Amazing end to a lovely hike.

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Talisman Magic
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HikingBlowdown

There is some mud from the recent rain, but the wildflowers are in bloom in the meadows. This is a great hike because of the fantastic 360* views from the summit and wildflowers. There are two new blowdowns and unfortunately I didn't bring a saw.

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Zach Nell
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HikingMuddy

Awesome hike and definitely worth doing again. The views are stunning at the lookout tower. The trail was somewhat muddy, especially in forested sections. It was all dry once you get to the switchbacks part the treeline.

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Anna Karwata
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Hiking

Awesome hike! Pretty dry now. Great views.

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Alexis Stark
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HikingFloodedIcyMuddyOff trailSnow

This hike was absolutely amazing but challenging in these early season conditions. Download the map before you go as there is still a lot of snow and downed trees so being able to navigate where you are and where you need to be is key. Have dry socks and shoes (or sandals) in the car for when you finish. Our feet were soaked and boots caked with mud but don’t let that stop you from doing this hike! As the saying goes, there isn’t bad weather, just bad gear. Bring layers for up top. Lots of snow after mile 3 with post-holing a reality but you will be in and out of snow, rocks and mud the entire hike so we opted to just wear boots but not use micro spikes or snowshoes. Gators gators gators if you got em. Will help keep the snow and some of the water out of your boots. Have bear spray and ideal to not go alone as there is a lot of wild life in the area. Have fun out there!! It’s absolutely breath taking.

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