Passage Falls

MODERATE 12 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
672 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash




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1 day ago

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!

18 days ago

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.

28 days ago

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.

2 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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

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.

Thursday, September 12, 2013