Lower Mount Ellis Trail

MODERATE 13 reviews

Lower Mount Ellis Trail is a 7.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Bozeman, Montana that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1666 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

views

2 months ago

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2 months ago

Beautiful to see in late spring/early summer with the wildflowers. Lots of flies at the top so beware!

Got really confused by the many forks in the road and no sign as to which direction to take. Found the correct trail on the way back we assume. Had to do some trail blazing up to the saddle because we lost the trail.

The correct trail would be to take a right at the first fork at the base of the mountain. Go through the gate that says "please close." Then take a left at the next fork rather than continuing along the fence. Then you get up to a point where the path is wide and not very clear and looks like it may possibly go over a little hump. The trail actually should be on the left right before the hump. We set up a rock cairn and stuck a stick in the ground in an attempt to mark it. The trail is golden after that. You can continue up the ridge to Mount Ellis from Little Ellis.

hiking
3 months ago

5 months ago

Very beginner friendly and quite an easy hike. Done in the spring, it is gorgeous to see the landscapes around covered in snow and new blooming flowers.

7 months ago

Thursday, June 23, 2016

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

This trail is much longer than 2.5 miles if you want to have any views. This must have originally been measured before you have to park at the bottom of the meadow. Just to cross the meadow is a 2 mile loop and another 3.6 loop to the peak (if you make it).

hiking
Friday, May 01, 2015

Great hike to the summits of Little Ellis and Mt. Ellis! We stayed on FS 712 and headed east at the fork at the base of Little Ellis. The 1.8 miles shown on the map is on an old logging road so it's wide and flat. There are a few places where the road is covered in downed logs to prevent motorized vehicles. The trail ends just east of a false summit to Little Ellis. If you trudge straight uphill from there, following trees with blue paint on them, you can get to the false summit. From there is a great view of Bozeman. Continue straight west and uphill to Little Ellis, from which point you can hike the ridge south to the summit of Mt. Ellis. From the summit you can see the Absarokas, Hyalite and Bridger ranges as well as the Gallatin Valley!

hiking
Friday, August 08, 2014

Nearly flat trail thru field

Sunday, August 03, 2014