Middle Cottonwood Creek is a 7.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bozeman, Montana that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 7.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,663 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Take Seventh to Springhill (after crossing 90). Then turn right on Toohey. Turn right onto Walker Road. This road dead ends at trailhead (and changes name along the way).

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rocky
19 days ago

Love this trail. Very pretty! Mid May is still a lot early to cross the river to the other side of the trail, but still a nice hike.

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26 days ago

So excited do this hike again this year. The wildflowers are AMAZING and it’s all I can think about!

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rocky
snow
27 days ago

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icy
muddy
snow
1 month ago

The hike was fairly muddy and snowy. Good hike though snowshoes are needed the final part.

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snow
1 month ago

The parking lot was still inaccessible to anything but higher clearance four wheel drive vehicles on 4/21. The trail was muddy and there was snow, but beautiful as always.

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7 months ago

Lost trail due to snow but really pretty

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muddy
7 months ago

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muddy
8 months ago

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8 months ago

No matter how far you want to go, nice hiking. It’s a great home to the saddle and peak!

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9 months ago

disappointed in all the poop bags along the way. my dog likes to investigate them. please carry the poop with you.

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9 months ago

Easy fun trail. Went 3 miles in 3 miles out. Took about 2 hrs.

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9 months ago

Two clarifications 1) The actual trail doesn’t follow the AllTrails/ forest service map’s straight lines through the upper meadow about 3 miles in. I was surprised to get an AllTrails notification that warned me I was way off the trail when I wasn’t. See recording on Aug 9, 2019. 2) The road isn’t nearly as bad as it was earlier described. Full size pickups will have no problems passing. We saw a Camry in the parking lot. The “Jeep Trail” is rough in spots but most vehicles should have no issues if careful. Other than that, great hike on a cool morning. We didn’t see waterfalls, just several easily accessible cascades (2-4 ft). I will probably avoid this hike in May and June due to the several potentially challenging creek crossings (just not my thing). We hiked through the upper large meadow and around the corner to the large rock cairn above the trail where we turned around. I wonder what its story is. Beautiful valley views. Bring some water for pups because there’s a long incline after 3 miles with no water access. We hit the trailhead around 8:00 am and saw few people and dogs.

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10 months ago

Did not summit but went through the flowers and to the waterfall then turned around after a bunch of breaks and 10 snack. From 12-3:30 so it was a bit warm in the sunny parts. Start earlier to make the summit.

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10 months ago

Beautiful and mellow hike up to views and wildflowers... Lots of families visiting the early water falls, but keep going up to the mountain meadows,..very rewarding.

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11 months ago

Great trail, summiting was a touch of a scramble, but overall it was a blast.

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11 months ago

Trail is in great shape. The wildflowers were spectacular on the 1st of July. Saw goats at the top. If go all the way to Saddle Peak this is a borderline hard vs moderate hike but worth it if you are up for it. Recommend an early start...8ish if doing in summer to avoid heat. Have fun.

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blowdown
bugs
muddy
snow
Wed Jun 05 2019

06/02/19 It is a great trail, lost it though about a half mile from the summit due to snow cover and ended up mountain goating my way to the top and back to the trail. Quite a few more people at the bottom then toward the top but overall it is a great trail. Due to the winter runoff you have to cross one steam about 6 times so water resistant shoes help if you can't jump a 5' + gap and decide to walk across the rocks. There are a few places around the steam(s) and 1 fallen tree that people have gone off trail to get around easier, slightly depressing but necessary for some people. NOTICE: The trail head is a mile or 2 up from where google maps stops.

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rocky
snow
Mon May 13 2019

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muddy
over grown
snow
Fri Apr 26 2019

Hiked maybe 2 miles in then hiked up to a cliff and turned around (the snow was getting worse). The trail was about 1/3 on snow, but still doable. Opens up after about a mile, with some good viewpoints of the surrounding mountains and cliffs. Hope to do the whole thing when it’s more clear.

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Sat Sep 08 2018

Low traffic. Heavily shaded. Trail in good condition.

Sat Aug 11 2018

Very nice trail! I summitted Saddle Peak from this, which I would highly recommend. The trail never really ends and continues to Saddle Peak, so those who don't want to summit will have to find their own spot to turn around.

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