Hyalite Creek Trail to Hyalite Lake is a 5.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bozeman, Montana that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, birding, and snowshoeing and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Pros: Fragrant Fraser forests, lots of beautiful waterfalls, high mountain walls, fast flowing creeks, wildflowers, meadows, easy to moderate grades (but steeper further along)
Cons: Watch for horse droppings, limited parking, changing weather (rain)
Recommendstions: Trekking poles, bear spray, rain gear
This hike was absolutely gorgeous, many waterfalls just off the trail and some directly on it. The canyon is massive, you get great views of it once you hit the switchbacks just below The lake basin. Next time I will be sure to press up to the peak. The entire trail was very doable in an afternoon but I recommend arriving before lunch time.
This is a 11-12 mile round trip hike!!!!! Be prepared! That's being said, definitely one of he best hikes near Bozeman! 11 waterfalls along the trail leading up to the glaciated mountains surrounding Hyalite Lake! Just amazing! And the views of the canyon as well! Will definitely do this again and make it past the lake and up Hyalite Peak!
The beautiful waterfalls and canyon views leading to the top can make the final destination a little underwhelming. The lake itself is pretty, but small and shallow, so leave your fishing pole at home. Get more details and photos here: www.montanatrailbriefs.com/hikes/hyalite-lake
We hiked to the lake early on Sunday AM leaving the trailhead at 0830h. Few people on the trail and lots of shade. Nice views at Lake. On the return, after 1130h, more hikers, more sun. Very enjoyable hike.
we've snowshoed this in the winter. the hike alone and the frozen falls and caves were awesome, the number of people and level of filth distracted from it.
Passes lots of waterfalls, also provides some good meadow views and the lack is very pretty. Watch out for dirt bikers because some of them don't seem to watch for you.
A moderate trail with several nice falls. We hiked it earlier in the day and didn't see many hikers. It was a very enjoyable trail.
For an out and back, this one was gorgeous both ways. The terrain was pretty gentle for 2000 ft gain, which was greatly appreciated by the knees both up and down! The waterfalls were great, and there was lots of water for the dogs. The alpine flowers were abundant and the trail was well maintained.
Great hike! Nice steady incline. Beautiful scenery.