Hyalite Creek Trail to Hyalite Lake

MODERATE 37 reviews
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Hyalite Creek Trail to Hyalite Lake is a 12 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bozeman, Montana that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
12.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2263 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

hiking
24 days ago

Very good hike. I broke my shoes in on this one.

1 month ago

still a lot of snow up there, we made it about halfway up before we turned back because we kept falling up to our waists in it

3 months ago

4 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

10 months ago

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.

hiking
10 months ago

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!

10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

10 months ago

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.

snowshoeing
11 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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.