South Cottonwood Creek Trail is a 4.9 mile heavily 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 best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.9 miElevation gain524 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Mackenzie Spence
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As expected, it’s slushy and icy on the trail. Yak Tracks will be your friend right now if you plan on hiking here anytime soon!

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Darren Boihem
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Light traffic

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Stuart Keller
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Good snowpack on trail today.

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Missy Rentz
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Great trail. You jumpstart it with the biggest hill of the hike. Good news...you end it with a big downhill. The trail was easy to navigate. I recommend spikes in the ice and snow. Everyone had their dogs. That was so fun to see. One guy told me he keeps his on leash until after the barbed wire. It starts after the 4th switchback on the first hill and runs for a bit. But otherwise, they were all running free.

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Meggie Tomczyk
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Ron Stafford
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Sarah Spromberg
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Great little hike near town. Used microspikes in a couple spots on the way back down but probably could have managed without just fine. Lots of dog poop on the trail in the beginning :(

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Louis Rassaby
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Gina R
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Małgorzata Kacprzak
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Spectacular but icy

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Dave Ramirez
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Christopher Ohman
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Jesse Allison
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John Treinen
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful hike through the forest next to Cottonwood creek. Super easy and only slight incline at the beginning.

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Christopher Ohman
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Laura Christian
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Winding trail along the creek with little bridges. A bit of an uphill at the beginning, but otherwise not too strenuous.

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VK Morgan
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Donald Smith
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Angelo Tolfa
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Justin Evans
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Lots of nice people. Happy to be out and about!

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Michelle O'Shea
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HikingGreat!

Love this trail.

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John McNicholas
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Lacey Jones
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Nice trail. Very easy to navigate. Great for kids!

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Isaac Rowland
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Isaac Rowland
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Rob Nash
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Tyler DeFor
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A very easy, relaxing hike that follows a stream. Very popular and I think I was the only person hiking that didn’t have a dog. Takes about 5.5 miles to get to the meadow but the meadow is beautiful. I would strongly suggest bringing extra socks if you hike past the meadow, I payed the price of not bringing any extras and had to hike 6 miles back to the trailhead in soaking wet shoes and socks.

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