North Fork Gallatin River Trail

easy 37 reviews

North Fork Gallatin River Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gallatin Gateway, Montana that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 2.9 miles Elevation Gain: 544 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

skiing

snowshoeing

bird watching

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
5 months ago

For starters there are no markers or signs from parking so you get to wander around for a while. And the short distance listed does not get you to many views.

hiking
6 months ago

A very ok trail. No good views other than a nice alpine meadow with some trees and a pretty brook. It’s a good filler trail if you’re tired and in the area. Took us about an hr. Really hard to find where to start, you park on a ranch and take the gravel road behind the cabins until it forks right, shortly before a bridge over the stream. Nice calm walk in the woods with lots of horse poop. Not very secluded either.

horseback riding
6 months ago

Exit Olson’s and headed to Lot 7. Construction on power lines necessitated detour to the east. Then under alone Mountain Trail and along edge of Lone Mountain Ranch property to pick up north fork trail and LMRs Bullwinkle and Nature trails.

hiking
7 months ago

Tons of mosquitos. Decide to turn around.

hiking
muddy
7 months ago

This is mostly a horse trail. Not very well marked. There were many off-shoots that weren’t marked. Pretty in spots, but there are better trails in the area.

hiking
8 months ago

Trailhead is located in beautiful Lone Mountain Ranch. Do not be fooled by the pictures, there is no spectacular peak views or lakes at the end of this trail. It is simply a nice hike in the woods along a river. Going all the way to the end of the trail isn’t necessary. The best spot to stop and turn around is at the peak of the elevation gain between two boulders that boarder an old wooden fence. There is a pretty decent view looking back from this point. Very quiet and peaceful, look out for horse apples!

snowshoeing
Fri Jan 11 2019

I had a little trouble finding the trail but once found it was beautiful. It was a glorious sunny winters day. The trail was groomed for cross country skiing along the whole length making for easy snowshoeing.

hiking
Mon Jul 09 2018

Fine easy hike but a lot of horse poop which took away time from looking at nature and down at the trail instead

Sun Jul 08 2018

Easy short hike. Terrain is filled with horse poop which is annoying.

hiking
Sun Jul 08 2018

As an avid hiker, I must say, this was a poor experience. Was looking for an easy afternoon hike, and this ended up being more of a 3.5 mile game of hop scotch dodging horse dung every step.

hiking
Thu Aug 03 2017

Great hike on a sunny summer afternoon. It is a bit difficult to find as you need to go through Lone Mountain Ranch to get to the trailhead but if you ask for directions from anyone there they are very helpful and once you find it, the trail is easily marked throughout. Because it is off the ranch, expect horse droppings along the path- its not bad, but horses are riding the path too. This is an easy trail for beginners who may not be use to the altitude yet.

hiking
Sun Jul 30 2017

hiking
Sun Jul 09 2017

Difficult to find the start of the trail as it's in a resort. If you park at the bottom near the visitor center, head through the gate and up the hill to the left.

Wed Jan 15 2014

lots of flowers and some wildlife.

hiking
15 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

recorded lone mountain

hiking
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hiking
7 months ago

cross country skiing
Tue Dec 04 2018

mountain biking
Fri Sep 14 2018

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