Hyalite Creek Trail to Hyalite Lake

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Hyalite Creek Trail to Hyalite Lake is a 10.7 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.

10.7 miles
2,129 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips


trail running





wild flowers




6 days ago

Favorite hike in Montana so far. All the waterfalls were amazing. The trail conditions were great. Our feet got wet but we made it all the way to the lake with 3 dogs (one small). Still some snow. Took us 5 hours up. 2 hours back. Overall an easier hike- the distance was hard. 12 miles.

11 days ago

Remarkable hike going up but really tough in a lot of snow (which there was in early June). If you’re willing to climb on all 4s through snow, the views at the top are worth it!

18 days ago

Loved this hike! Be prepared to get a little muddy and wet as the runoff has turned part of the trail into mini streams. Snow starts to appear after mile three and had to turn back at mile four because a the water was moving too fast to safely cross with my dog. If you love waterfalls this a hike for you!

23 days ago

This has to be the most beautiful hike I have ever done! We saw at least 8-10 waterfalls—all with their own unique beauty. Fair warning, there is a lot of mud and the trail is completely snow covered for the last mile or so still. Luckily, we had footprints and this app to use when the footprints ran out. The last pass over the Hyalite creek (between the top waterfall and the second to the top) is completely over flowing and not the safest to cross at the moment. You might be able to cross it if you’re feeling adventurous and don’t have a dog with you like we did. Even though we weren’t able to make it fully to the lake, the views from right below it of the valley are absolutely breath taking! Well worth the wet shoes, socks, and pants. Fair warning, we did fall through snow up to our hip at points. So be prepared!

Recommend: gloves for the top; change of socks and shoes for when you’re done; hiking poles (we didn’t use them and it would have helped!)

trail running
25 days ago

The first four miles of the trail are a little muddy, and then trail turns entirely to snow and gets tricky to follow about a mile or so from the lake. Beautiful for hiking if you are willing to get a little damp & snowy, but needs to melt out more before it's good for running all the way up to the lake.

9 months ago

This is a beautiful Hike. We went there near the end of August, and there were only a few muddy spots on the trail. We concentrated on the first 4 waterfalls on the trail, so we didn't make it all the way up to the lake. Next time we will likely skip the falls and head to the lake.

If you're pressed for time, I'd recommend skipping Silken Skein Falls. It is very pretty but it's smaller and it takes a bit to get there. Spend time at Champagne Falls. You can leave the trail and walk up the creek, and spend time at the base of the falls.

Note that the last ~1/2 mile of the trail going back is not the same as the one going in. We had passed the loop to Grotto Falls and started realizing the landmarks were different. But it gets you back to the parking lot just the same.

mountain biking
11 months ago

Worth exploring. Since I biked it I didn't take many of the turn offs to see waterfalls. Trail is very rocky at parts, probably much better trails to MTN Bike in hyalite canyon and around bozeman.

11 months ago

Well worth the hike to the lake. Trail head under renovation so be careful with signs. Splits at Grotto falls trail and heads uphill to the right.

11 months ago

Beautiful :)

11 months ago

Beautiful hike, trail is a workout by, well worth it!

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Go out there with friends and have fun, alot of attractive water falls, awesome views. Like it and i will do it again

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Amazing hike. Unfortunately, couldn't make it to the lake (about .3 mi short) due to heavy spring runoff and dangerous water conditions. Large snow fields also hampered our progress. All that being said, you won't find a more beautiful hike.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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

Monday, November 28, 2016

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

Sunday, August 21, 2016

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.

Monday, August 15, 2016

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!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

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

Saturday, July 30, 2016

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.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

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.

Monday, July 18, 2016

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.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

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.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

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.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Great hike! Nice steady incline. Beautiful scenery.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Easy hike on heavily used trail.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Loved this trail. So many waterfalls. It's not as easy as some make it seem but it's also not hard. The 2,000 foot incline over 5.5 miles could leave some winded, but I have been on harder hikes. It's almost so pretty you don't even mind. I definitely said this is the most beautiful hike I've ever been on. My recommendation for first timers is that the switchbacks at the end are really rough but make it through - you'll love the end.

Friday, June 05, 2015

This was a nice hike, many waterfalls to stop and enjoy along the way. We didn't make it all the way to the lake, but we made it to the last waterfall before turning around. Fairly easy and the waterfalls give you plenty of frequent stops and beautiful views a long the way.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Spectacular sccenery! Did this one in late August during rainfall. After a few days of rain it was rather muddy, but that made it even more enjoyable. The changing terrain as you go through the trail, stream crossings, and different views of Hyalite makes it more exciting. Seems to be used quite a bit--everyone I crossed paths with were very friendly.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

fairly easy hike, no real steep parts at all, and you really do pass a TON of waterfalls. did this hike first week of august and the wildflowers are still beautiful. if you have a dog, no need to bring water, as you cross several streams along the way. 11 miles seemed far to me, but this hike was not difficult. in my opinion the scenery along the way was more impressive than the lake at the top! although it did seem to be a nice place for a peaceful overnight stay.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Beautiful trail but best views from Hyalite Peak including views of the peaks of Yellowstone. 20+ mile RT.

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