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Passage Falls

MODERATE 68 reviews

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.

Distance: 5.1 miles Elevation Gain: 623 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
17 days ago

really disappointing to see dog poop everywhere. PLEASE clean up after your animals. otherwise trail is in good shape, need spikes. watch out on windy days, lots of trees falling. snowshoes not needed yet. 11/24/19

hiking
3 months ago

This was a wonderful moderate hike. The last bit is a challenge with the switchbacks but the view is worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

Great easy hike to a beautiful waterfall. Bringing trekking poles makes it a little easier to go down the switchbacks to the falls. The beginning of the hike is through a burned area, but that doesn’t detract from the views.

hiking
4 months ago

Trail is in good shape. Lots of Pikas! Saw a cinnamon phase black bear about a mile or so past the falls on trail 58.

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

Great beginner hike. Switchbacks down to the falls can get a little hairy with the loose gravel. Lots of berry shrubs with the regrow from the fire. Saw a bear 50 yards off right of trail 2 miles in.

hiking
4 months ago

Yea definitely do not cross that last bridge stay to the right and you’ll be fine

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful hike. No shade, due to wildfires in the past years. What you have now, is gorgeous wildflowers, all different kinds & colors & lots of butterflies! Follow the river almost all the way, the last 1/2 mile is uphill & then kind of sketchy switchbacks, but you’re rewarded by the beauty of the waterfalls at the end!

hiking
5 months ago

Great place to bring the dogs, falls at the end worth the hike.

hiking
blowdown
no shade
5 months ago

this is an ok hike back into the canyon. most of the hike is flat with the very last part more moderate. you will be rewarded with a good view of the falls and you can get up close. there is a trail going down which is very steep and not well-maintained. you can also take the trail to the top of the falls and here there is a shaded place to sit and rest. the whole area is open due to a forest fire in years past. there are raspberry plants and Huckleberry plants along the trail so when they are ripe, there will likely be bears in the area.

hiking
5 months ago

This is a great easy trail. Great acclimation trail. The falls were great.

hiking
6 months ago

Love this trail. Easy hike. Steep at the end but not for long.

hiking
muddy
no shade
6 months ago

6 months ago

Nice hike. The last 1/2 mile or so is steep. Glad that I had my hiking stick it made a huge difference. The falls was breathtaking. So glad that we went. The trail was in good shape.

hiking
Wed Nov 21 2018

Nice, easy hike to beautiful winter waterfall! Most of the hike is through a recent burn so it is very exposed. the waterfall was beautiful in early November and the trail was well travelled, just keep right at the junction before the second bridge.

hiking
Thu Aug 16 2018

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.

hiking
Sat Jul 21 2018

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.

hiking
Thu Jul 19 2018

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.

hiking
Wed Jul 18 2018

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.

Wed Jul 11 2018

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

Sat Jul 07 2018

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

hiking
Wed Jul 04 2018

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.

hiking
Sat Jun 30 2018

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.

hiking
Sat Jun 23 2018

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.

Thu Jun 14 2018

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!

Thu Jun 14 2018

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

Wed Jun 06 2018

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

hiking
Sun Apr 29 2018

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.

hiking
Tue Feb 20 2018

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.

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