Passage Falls

MODERATE 34 reviews
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Passage Falls is a 5.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Livingston, Montana that features a waterfall 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 but must be kept on leash.

5.1 miles
515 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash




trail running





wild flowers


28 minutes ago

The description of the mileage is total in/out distance. The hike in is only about 2.6 miles to the falls and then the same distance back out. There are also no signs directing you to the correct trail so here are a couple tips. Starting at the TH, you will cross a bridge, two bridges later (3 total bridges), stay right on the trail and the falls are about .5-.7 miles up ahead. The hike down to the falls is a bunch of very poorly maintained switchbacks with cliffs if you lose footing so leave your pack up at the top before descending.

25 days ago

This is a pretty easy hike until right at the end. There are a few switchbacks that are quite steep at the end to get to the falls. Once you’re there, it’s so beautiful and you are going to love it. It wasn’t too busy either. You walk along a stream most of the way too :) Be sure to wear sunscreen because there’s not much shade along he way.

28 days ago

This is a very easy hike UNTIL you get to the Falls. That part is very steep to descend into the Falls part. There will be 2 bridges. The first is easy to know. It’s close to the beginning of the hike up. Stay on the path. The second bridge is deeper in the trail. The trail spilts. DO NOT take the left. Stay to the right. The trail to the left takes you alone the Pine River but passes the Falls.

29 days ago

Passage Falls is a great mostly level hike with lots of wild flowers. The trail is through the burn area but it’s interesting to see how the forest is regenerating itself. The falls are beautiful and it’s worth it to walk around to the top of them also. Just respect the private property that’s nearby.

1 month ago

Beautiful hike to falls. Mostly flat and easy. A bit tight and tricky at the end near the falls.

1 month ago

At the first split off, make sure you take the trail on the right, not the trail with the small bridge. Made the mistake of taking the bridge way and had to merge onto private property to find our way back to the trail witch then too us to the falls. Also, don’t be lame and sit by the river... make sure to get close to the waterfall.. mist feels great. Overall the hike is pretty easy

1 month ago

I hiked this trail the first time a few weeks ago and feel in love with it so I came back again. When the wind is strong, be careful of falling trees. On our way back to the trailhead, a tree had fallen across the trail that hadn’t been there on our way in. This is a beautiful hike, the wildflowers are plentiful, and the falls do not disappoint.

1 month ago

The falls are beautiful, especially with all the run off right now. Easy trail until the last little bit. Heads up, the first mile or so is super muddy, mucky and wet. This was my first time doing this hike, but probably won’t go back until the trail is dry.

1 month ago

Nice hike. Hike early or on a cloudy day. Be aware of the wind on the burned trees. Beautiful flowers and lush vegetation along the trail. Mostly flat until the last quarter mile.

2 months ago

I would recommend doing this trail hike in early morning or on an overcast day because much of it is through a burn area with no shaded areas until close to the falls. A steam alongside the trail for much of the beginning if you have dogs that need a dip or sip. There are lots of trees still standing from the burn and I’m always afraid one may come down on me when they begin to creek in the wind. Numerous recent signs of where trees had come down alongside and across the trail. Nonetheless it is a beautiful hike in its own way. Special seeing the young new trees beginning to make their way. And the falls this time of year were roaring! Spectacular!

2 months ago

One of my favorite hikes—mainly for the destination. Easy hike for the most part—steady incline towards the end, nothing major.

2 months ago

Very easy trail, little to no elevation gain until the last stretch. The trail down to the base of the falls gets fairly steep but doable. The rainy spring made the falls absolutely crazy this time around

3 months ago

This was one of my favorite hikes before the fire. It was lush with meadows and mountains with a lot of cover and not to steep for older kids (except at the end near the falls), but after the fire, it is much more exposed. Still a beautiful hike but I would do it in the spring, fall or an overcast day and probably without the younger kids.

5 months ago

Burnt out forest trail with no shade until close to Passage Falls. The wind whistles over the pass and its distant sound is a bit otherworldly, was neat! My 7 year old son was able to hike this with me and tolerated it well, with just one rest on the way in for nourishment and to cool down (August 2016). Only one spot on the descent to the falls where I was concerned about my son being able to navigate the path, but he was fine with a hand to keep him balanced. The waterfall at the end was really very nice, a good day hike. Suggest taking a small picnic to pack in and out. There were quite a few people trekking in on this particular Friday. Maybe try midweek and early morning to maximize your experience.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tight, muddy trail in portions where bushes are over growing the trail. Not overly trafficked on a Tuesday morning. Nice pay off at the end when you reach the falls! When you get about 1.6 miles in, you'll see a bridge. Ignore it and go straight, up the hill and you'll see a clearing with a cabin soon. Then, you'll be about .2 away from the falls.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Should be called Berry Trail! Thimbleberries, raspberries and choke cherries. Not a good hike to do on a hot day, no cover. Burned out area. You can hear the wind howling through the dead trees. Beautiful falls, we hiked the top trail. The trail that went to the bottom was slippery sand. Worthwhile trail.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A beautiful hike! We did run into strong winds and rain on the return. Trees started falling along the trail. We were thankful that Nancy from the forest service came up behind us and directed us to an open meadow. We made it out safely. An adventure for sure!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Great hike, but be sure and stay right when you come to second wooden bridge. We went left and never got to the falls. Had to make our way back bc it was getting late.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Great hike. The burned parts are stark but interesting in a different way and it did open up views to neighboring peaks. The switchbacks at the end are steep and some logs have fallen across the path and have to be clambered over.
Not sure why the description mentions dogs have to be on leash. How can that be on a trail this far from people? Our dog was very happy off leash but we watched her closely as we got to the falls since the trail leads you to the top of the falls.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Tried to do this hike on April 22. Road is unfortunately still closed. Had to park 2.5 miles from the trail head and started walking the dirt road to the trail head. Beautiful walk! No snow at all. Only went about 10 minute on the trail once we hit the trail head since we still had a 2.5 mile walk back to the car. Also, there was HUGE grizzly tracks that we followed on the dirt road the whole walk. The tracks continued on the trail head for as far as we went (which was not far). Definitely would try it again in the summer.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Hike was great! Worth seeing Passage Falls. Storm came in & had a long hike back but still great. We stayed at the Snowbank Campground about 3 miles west of the trail. Great camp hosts and clean campground.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

This is a great hike ... gurgling stream in a valley lined with a lot of fallen trees, rock fields, bird song, and wild flowers. However, the information about the trail is not accurate. According to our GPS, the distance from the parking lot/trail head to the waterfall was closer to 6.2 miles and the elevation change over the course of the trail was closer to 600 feet. It is possible that the elevation differential between the trail head and the falls is the 480 feet noted, but in between, there are several higher points. It took us a lot longer than we planned.

Two harmless snakes crossed our path as they left their grassy hiding places and went on their way but they moved fast and I almost stepped on both. That would have wrecked my day ... and theirs.

Friday, May 27, 2016

The walk was very pleasant today -- lots of wildflowers -- but no animal life except for some snakes and off leash dogs. The last part of the walk to the falls is pretty strenuous -- some of the climbs are steep and the switchbacks narrow. Our GPS indicated that the round trip from the parking area to the Falls was more like 6.2 miles with height differences from lowest point to highest of more than 500 feet. And much of the trip, once you left the highway, was on gravel roads with big potholes. but beautiful Vistas, terrific water features and a mostly easy trail more than compensated for the drawbacks.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Loved it! The end is a bit steep. There are switchbacks to get you down to the falls area and there is some potential to slide down off the trail. I wouldn't recommend it for older dogs or people who don't have the best footing. But otherwise it was beautiful! tons of wildlife, rock hounding opportunities and river access for most of the way.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Nice & easy hike. Pretty flat until the last tenth of a mile.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Trail enhanced with new bridges after the fires in 2011 or 2012. Mostly level with a steady climb after 2 miles that takes you Tina ridge above the falls. A lot of the area was burned but that jus opened up the views of this moderately wide valley. The falls are tucked away in a ravine at the end and are a nice surprise.

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