Cinnamon Mountain Trail

HARD 5 reviews
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Cinnamon Mountain Trail is a 8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gallatin Gateway, Montana that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. 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.

8.0 miles
2627 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

horseback riding



wild flowers




Beautiful hike to an old fire tower on top of Cinammon mountain. Starts out with gentle uphill but the last third is very steep switchbacks up above the tree line. Impossible to get to the top before July due to snow. Best views around for the time it takes to get up there. To find the trailhead, take the forest road opposite the Cinnamon Lodge in Gallatin Canyon which is south of Big Sky and the Corral Restaurant and Bar. You drive just a short distance (maybe 1/2 mile) to the trailhead. The trail follows Cinnamon Creek for 2.5 miles to a junction where it then goes up a ridge to the lookout. The trail if good in most places, but horses that have used the trail too early have trashed it up in the wet spots making it difficult to find a dry way through in a couple of places. You can have lunch just over the saddle at a spot with great views of the Taylor-Hilgard Basin. Worth the little side trip. The trail continues through open meadows and aspen/pine timber to the top. The top is 9231 feet and there are spectacular views in all directions. A sign at the top indicates various distant peaks.

8 months ago

Nice, hard pack trail - nothing technical. But it does climb at a steady rate the whole way up. Great fall colors!

9 months ago

Great hike! Not too much foot traffic and the view at the top is spectacular. You do gain quite a bit of elevation but it's not too overwhelming.

10 months ago

10 months ago

July 2015

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Great views at top of cinnamon mountain with an old lookout tower to climb around on. Great exploring on the ridge line with views of open meadows and large mountains in the distance.