Grotto Falls Trail is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bozeman, 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.

DISTANCE
2.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
278 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

hiking
26 days ago

We did the marked road trail on the way up. snow cover wide trail was well trampled by other travelers but we were the only ones on the way up and back. When you arrive there's a T and you go right to the waterfall. Visited the falls, which were beautiful half-frozen, then took the other trail to the left to hit Hyalite Trail. Took a left onto a heavily traveled trail which began like a frozen stream this day. This single track trail was fantastic and took us to a signpost indicating a connector to the Grotto Falls Trailhead. This connector trail had not been traveled since the snow had fallen a few days earlier and was absolutely a fantastic five star trek. On this day, crunching snow, sunshine and amazing views. At some points you can see Grotto Falls trail below you. It comes out to the left of the trailhead and is unmarked. Fantastic simple high value hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice hike, not long at all. Much longer drive up there than the hike itself. Not strenuous or taxing. More like an afternoon stroll through the park. Well, not exactly but close. I kept going another 3-4 miles beyond Grotto Falls on the Hylite Creek trail. 90% of dogs weren’t on a leash but that didn’t bother me. I kinda think if they are well behaved it’s almost torture to keep them on a leash. I didn’t like the 3 motocross bikes coming up the trail but if it’s legal then they have a right to enjoy the trail too. If not legal then GTFO!

3 months ago

Such a pretty hike, and a nice and easy one to get started with. You can also elect to continue on some side hikes to see other falls or hyalite creek if you want a longer hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome little hike. Can definitely get busy though. I actually prefer this hike in the winter though! The ice structures are amazing, water is still flowing, and way less crowds! The trail is very easy to follow even with snow all over the ground.

hiking
3 months ago

Always a nice, kid friendly hike. Go early to avoid bugs, heat, and crowds.

hiking
4 months ago

This trail was slightly steep and paved all the way up to the falls. Construction was being done at the top causing trail blockage for short periods of time. The falls were beautiful with a lovely view of the valley between the trees.

4 months ago

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.

hiking
5 months ago

We went at the end of May. The hike was like an easy walk. there was little bits of snow left and some patches of mud. There where not that many people so it was nice!

hiking
5 months ago

Easy hike with a beautiful payout. If you are looking for a trail where all dogs are on leash know that not all owners use leashes. I would say 50% of the dogs we passed were off leash.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Beautiful day to see a gorgeous fall!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Super easy trail. We went after our first snowfall of the year just yesterday & it was so peaceful and quiet. Went early to avoid traffic. on our way down at noon we passed a lot of people.

hiking
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

hiking
Saturday, August 05, 2017

Awesome trail good to run up and down!

Monday, July 03, 2017

Clear wide trail.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Such a beautiful quick hike from Bozeman. We generally go in the evening and have lucked out on having the trail and the Falls to ourselves.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Easy, short trail. It's a popular hike, so it has a lot of traffic. Great if you're on a time crunch and want to get a quick hike in. Plus, you drive around Hyalite, which is always beautiful!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Great short hike. Beautiful views.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Good hike. Easy incline. Pretty. Great for kids.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Our kids love this hike :)

hiking
Sunday, October 23, 2016

I enjoyed this trail a bit more than Palisades Falls.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Great hike ! I took my 5 year old and my 2 year old and they did great.

hiking
Friday, August 26, 2016

Great hike for family. My younger ones rode their bikes up. Well maintained and gorgeous waterfalls.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Extremely easy, probably a good place to drop off those in your group that don't want to do all of Hyalite Creek and Lake.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Extremely scenic and easy. Great beginners trail. Would be a good running trail.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Pretty falls, the trail itself isn't too bad and offers some good views as well.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

It was easy as promised with a nice waterfall payoff at the end.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Easy hike and gorgeous falls!

hiking
Sunday, July 10, 2016

Quick and easy. Waterfall at the end is a nice little payoff. I like that the trail is away from city and car noises. It's a good option if the weather is bad because you can be up and back in no time.


It's a good trail if you have visitors who may want to see the mountains but aren't typically "outdoorsy". It's a wheelchair accessible path so it's an option for people who might not otherwise be able to go.

hiking
Friday, June 24, 2016

beautiful waterfall, easy hike

walking
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Super easy and quick to the fall. Wide trails and easy for dogs with plenty of stream access for drinking water. Coverage is plentiful even in the middle of the day.

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