Middle Cottonwood Creek

MODERATE 57 reviews
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Middle Cottonwood Creek is a 9.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bozeman, Montana that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

9.2 miles
3,228 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


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).

1 month ago

This is a wonderful hike. Beautiful alpine meadows. Crystal springs and finally grand mountain views. But if the M trail is rated moderate, how can a ten miler with close to 3500 feet gain fall into the same category?
Please be sure to review only if you've completed the trail or specify otherwise.

1 month ago

Went early June. Really beautiful, wet, chilly, and fun. Pretty decent conditions for running. Would recommend a sweater for the top if you travel in the morning

1 month ago

beautiful hiking. lots of water for the dogs

3 months ago


3 months ago

Great hiking area but this is not a Jeep or off roaring trail. I live a mile away from the trail

5 months ago

Went hiking (no snowshoes) and was so happy to find a great hard-packed trail. Absolutely beautiful views and fairly easy trail for the first mile or two. We turned back from there, not wanting my dog to have to cross a small stream in freezing weather. Keep in mind it’s “Jeep only access” recommended for the last mile to the trailhead. A full-size truck would have been too wide and you needed ground clearance too.

6 months ago

love this hike! one of my favorites ❤❤❤

7 months ago

Went during the Thanksgiving break in Nov 2017. It was snowy and icy for most of the trail. Slippery without ice grippers for soles. The trail itself is not very challenging. A couple of good views and interesting creek crossings. It was a good place to get out to.

10 months ago

I've hiked this trail many times. The creek crossings are a bit dangerous if you go in early spring and the horse flies come out in late August but the butterflies, wildflowers and views are beautiful.

11 months ago

I've done this hike up to Saddle Peak a few times, a great day hike.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Great trail, made my way up to Saddle peak from it.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Loved it! Wild flowers everywhere, lots of shade from trees. Quite a few creek crossings, so a hiking pole helps.

Direction to trailhead are wrong on this site though. To get there, take seventh to Springhill (after crossing 90). Then turn right on Toohey. Turn right onto Walker Road. This road dead ends at trailhead.( changes name along the way).

Friday, July 08, 2016

Didn't see that last review. The street to get to this trail is privately owned.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Saddle Mountain Jeep Rd Trail does not exist! Map and directions need to be updated. The road is private or has been removed but either way no way of getting to it. Post some real directions so no one else wastes their time trying to find a trail that's not accessible

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Love this hike, beautiful in the fall as the colors change. Near the creek and dog friendly. A bit crowded but a great trail overall.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Short hike that has multiple options to extend. Very crowded.

Friday, July 17, 2015

I have to agree with Zeke's review....the dog crap smell for the first quarter of a mile was not pleasant. The other issue is that for the first part of the hike, the trail is on the right side of the creek. There comes a point where it looks like you can cross the creek and go left, or continue straight. I continued straight on a shale rock path....and went for quite aways until I realized I wasn't on the trail any more. I turned back around and did cross the creek, and found the wide/open trail to continue on the left side of the creek. Just a heads up for anyone who hasn't been there before so you don't waste time/effort. There are several creek crossing points before this one, which added to the confusion.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Love this trail! It's a great hike in the evening if you need a quick workout!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Good hike along a creek with shuttle options.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

It's a great hike. There's just one big problem. For the first quarter mile and parts later on, the hot smell of dog crap fills the air on a warm sunny day. This is especially bad when you are breathing hard, and it catches you off guard. The rest of the hike is beautiful though.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Beautiful in early/late spring...tons of wildflowers and a rushing creek for the kids and dogs to play in. Easy hike and easy access. This is one of my favorites!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

It was easy and very pretty, even in April! The dogs loved it. It was sunny when we started but snowed on us on the way out, Gotta love Montana!

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