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Grotto Falls Trail is a 2.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Emigrant, Montana that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.4 mi Elevation gain 278 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Wheelchair friendly

Kid friendly

Stroller friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wildlife

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Recordings (153)
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Seth Humeston
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Hiking

Trail is beautiful. Plenty of shade and just a nice easy hike. The trail itself is maintained very well. Expect to see plenty of folks, unless you get there early. The road in is under construction, but still passable, just be courteous.

Mackenzie Marie
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HikingBugs

This is a very easy, dog friendly trail with multiple waterfalls along the way to take a gander at. There is plenty of shade along the way as well.

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Gia Popa
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Hiking

Beautiful and easy trail. It was rainy today so we had the entire trail to ourself. We met one group when returning. Dog friendly and the waterfall is quite impressive. Great views also along the way of the river, forest, and wildflowers.

Lydia Edgar
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HikingRocky

Hyalite road leading to the trailhead is under construction, so be careful when driving up there. Only a couple of spots had mud, and it was a beautiful hike!

Nani Larson
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HikingSnow

It was rough roads after the reservoir but, a beautiful hike. That led to this beautiful frozen waterfall.

Debb G.
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Andrea Crawford
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HikingSnow

Fun easy winter hike. The there wasn’t much ice for the waterfall itself but still a fun hike

Terri Jeppson
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Hiking

Nice short hike- very pretty with a little magical ice fall at the end. We wore traction. Snowshoes were not necessary.

Amber Rundle
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HikingSnow

Very beautiful. Quite a bit of snow. Snow if very packed in some places. Snow shoes helpful but not needed.

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Robert Stephens
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Hiking

went on 10/13. road past the reservoir was a little rough in spots but the trail itself was in good shape. not too muddy or too crowded. wonderful views along the way. easy, short hike with kids.

Shane Westerbur
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Hiking

crowded, but an easy hike that you will be rewarded with a beautiful waterfall. Be prepared for any weather. We had a thunderstorm come in on us at the falls. Lots of hail and rain and we couldn't see the storm till it was right on top of us.

Whitney Maxwell
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Hiking

Nice easy out and back trail with the reward of a beautiful waterfall done on 8/23/19.

Ricci Johnson
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Hiking

This is a fun hike. We did this plus 2 more waterfalls up the trail. Even doing this hike mid week the trail was still busier than I was expecting.

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Austin Adams
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Nicole Williams
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Hiking

Gorgeous trail! Not too crowded and the waterfall was really pretty.

Megan East
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Emily Wright
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Hiking

Absolutely wonderful trail with a beautiful waterfall at the end. Great for a nature walk, plant identification, and taking photos. I've done serious hikes and this is not that - just a relaxing beautiful trail. Dog friendly.

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Sonja Hellman
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Hiking

definitely longer than 10.9, but worth it!

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Sagan S.
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Hiking

Perfect for kids, super easy. Waterfall at the end is gorgeous!

John Reese
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Hiking

Easy hike with low elevation increase - good one for grandparents and kids - easy access to falls. Pretty popular - sometimes a little crowded

Sharon North
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Hiking

Easy hiking, shade almost all the way. Followed the beautiful creek to the most wonderful waterfalls.

Elaine L.
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Carsten Kirby
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Mountain biking

Fun and quick little trail to a some great falls. Great for kids hike or early mountain bikers

Kimberly L
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Hiking

Nice easy trail for some waterfall, mountain side, rock and creek viewing.

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Chris J.
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Hiking

Mid June - Great area introductory hike! Trail is in good condition and has some beautiful scenery. Do take bear spray as there is a possibility of encounter, all be it - probably minor given the amount of human traffic. Pay close attention to the rocky cliff faces on your left on the trip out. You never know what mountain loving animals you might see. We had our eye on a Big Horn Sheep. Also, great for birdwatching! A fun trail for the whole family!

Charlie McFarlane
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Hiking

Went around late May/ early June so it was still fairly muddy and snowy but very simple/easy hike for anyone. Very pretty!

Michaela Charlberg
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Jenna Anderson
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Hiking

Great and easy hike!

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