South Cottonwood Creek Trail

EASY 25 reviews
#18 of 83 trails in

South Cottonwood Creek Trail is a 4.4 mile out and back trail located near Gallatin Gateway, Montana and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from May until October.

4.4 miles
633 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly


trail running

8 days ago

Beautiful hike. Trail continues beyond what's on the map, and would have continued had I not brought two kids. It was not too much for my 8 year old who really enjoyed it. My 2.5 year old loved it too, and it wasn't too steep for her but she did get tired and was carried most of the way back. There's a couple bridges that were too narrow to allow a young child to cross next to the parent, but we were able to successfully cross with her riding on my shoulders.

1 month ago

1 month ago

Easy and pretty hike. As of May 5th, there is still snow and mud on parts of the trail. We wanted to go further up past the second bridge but the trail was snow covered.

2 months ago

2 months ago

lovely hike ❤❤

4 months ago

6 months ago

Run on packed snow before dark. Well packed with lots of stream crossings. 5.25 out and back. Keeps going winding along creek interesting contours good for running.

Beautiful trail with several water crossings. You can go as long or short as you wish. Parking can be difficult as are most trailhead smear Bozeman.

7 months ago

Great leisure trail. Well maintained.

8 months ago

trail running
9 months ago

Nice single track trail, not to many people and was a cool run on a hot day!

mountain biking
10 months ago

11 months ago

We walked to the second bridge about a week ago. Everything was clear and all the snow had melted. Great for a walk, great for dogs, and fairly busy. There were people of all ages and a bunch of mountain bikers. The windflowers were blooming and the colors were beautiful.

Friday, June 24, 2016

It was nice and fairly easy. We enjoyed all the different views this trail offered.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Monday, May 16, 2016

Easy relaxing hike, not that crowded! Watch out for bikers

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Great trail! love that it runs along the creek

Thursday, May 12, 2016

love this trail!

Monday, June 15, 2015

this was a good hike i had 4 kids youngest being 6 and we went to the third bridge and back little less than 6 miles. Fun for all and not too tough.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

This was a really beautiful hike! Went in early June and it was so green and lush with tons of wildflowers! I went past the third bridge and came to a fourth right before a huge meadow with a great view of Blackmoor mountain in the background! this is a gorgeous hike and not that difficult! Highly recommended it!this was a really beautiful hike! Went in early june and it was so green and wash with tons of wildflowers! I