Hyalite Reservoir Loop Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bozeman, Montana that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and mountain biking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 3.3 miles Elevation Gain: 347 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

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mountain biking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

recorded Crescent Lake to West Shore Loop

hiking
flooded
muddy
4 hours ago

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snow
5 days ago

Did this loop today. Extended it a little bit and was rewarded with a cool view of the Gallatins.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

hiking
snow
5 months ago

We loved this trail as you get to see both Crescent Lake and Hyalite Reservoir. I would agree with others, that there is a ton of foot traffic, but not a ton of signage. We were with people who have taken this trail a number of times before, so they knew were to go in order for us to actually loop around.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice trail. We stayed on the side by the reservoir headed out to Crescent Lake. The trail to head back towards Crescent Lake isn't marked, but you turn right before the little body of water. If you continue past the little body of water (no clue what the name of it is), you come to a meadow with wild flowers and the trail ends. The trail past Crescent Lake is a little rougher, but doable. Nice hike! We went early afternoon and had no problems with bugs or mud.

hiking
bugs
10 months ago

Mon May 20 2019

Take a trail map with you because of all the foot traffic in this area it can make it hard to follow the main trail once you leave the shore. Snow is still present along trail but only in small areas and it is packed down well enough for trail shoes.

Thu Jun 28 2018

Agree with Don Pat’s previous review. We couldn’t find the “loop”—and also ran into other hikers with the same problem. We took the well-manicured West Shore gravel trail up the right side of the reservoir but never saw a clearly marked trail to loop back to the right. So we followed the gravel trail to its end at a Forest Service cabin, beautiful views of Hyalite Creek from a road bridge near the cabin, and amazing views of the mountains. Worth it, but a 5-mile out-and-back—not a 3-mile loop.

hiking
Thu Jun 14 2018

Beautiful loop but somehow we missed where we were supposed to “loop” around. Signage was poor. Another hiker we met felt the same and had also missed the loop. But in missing it we went further up the trail and were treated to a surprise of green flowered alpine meadows and mountain vistas unsurpassed by any I’ve seen. Reminded me of hikes I once did in the Swiss alps.

mountain biking
Mon May 28 2018

This is a pretty fun/short route to ride. Can get busy with people so it is great to bike during the morning.

Wed Jul 19 2017

It's a great little hike with a small lake at the top of the loop and easy access to the reservoir. My only complaint is the "improved" trail of gravel, which is hard on dogs' paws. We'll likely take the unimproved west side trail back, rather than making the loop in the future.

hiking
Sat Jul 15 2017

easy quick loop, there are signs saying bears are active around there tho, so don't forget the bear spray!! Also a little mosquito-y in parts.

Thu Aug 04 2016

Just did an out and back hike along the waterfront. Great views!!!

Mon Jun 27 2016

Easy hike but lovely.

snowshoeing
2 months ago

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2 months ago

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4 months ago

cross country skiing
6 months ago

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7 months ago

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8 months ago

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8 months ago

recorded Hyalite Reservoir Loop Trail

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