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South Fork Trail to Pioneer Falls

EASY 39 reviews

South Fork Trail to Pioneer Falls is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ennis, Montana that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.5 miles Elevation Gain: 810 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

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3 months ago

Ran out of battery to record the whole trail but so far so good!

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4 months ago

Beautiful hike. The last mile has most the elevation gain. Quite a few horses so need to watch your step!

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4 months ago

A nice easy trail with shade, many small streams for dogs to cool off, and a neat waterfall at the end.

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muddy
4 months ago

One of the most beautiful hikes in Montana. It has everything - you cross at least 6 small streams, meadows full of wild flowers, deep forests, water falls, seclusion and quiet...etc! The first 2 miles are easy but if you are hiking to the falls the last mile + is rocky and uphill.

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Tue Jul 10 2018

What a lovely trail! I would do this one again and especially a little earlier as the meadows of wild flowers were wonderful, but how much more a few weeks ago! It was an easy trail and only a few switchbacks at the top - but since the falls are falls, of course you must climb a bit. I must add that driving in was absolutely breathtaking! Like a Lamar Valley wow! The Flying D May be private but they have taken every effort to keep it picturesque. I only wish I had brought my acrylics or watercolors. I loved this day.

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Tue Jul 03 2018

Hiked with our two toddlers and it was long (for hauling them) but the views kept us going. If you’re not looking to reach the falls it’s worth it to hike with kiddos as long as they’ll last. Went on a cool day so there weren’t many flies but suspect that would change given the amount of horse traffic in warmer weather. Would definitely do this again. Saw a black bear on Ted Turner’s land on the drive back to Bozeman, which was an added bonus!

Sun May 27 2018

Great hike for all ages and abilities. Go past the falls to the meadow for an added bonus!

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Sat Jun 10 2017

Beautiful creekside trail with mountain view. Several open meadows with flowers galore. Easy trail until a more moderate half-mile uphill to falls. Saw a grizzly on the drive out, within a mile of the trailhead.

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Sun May 28 2017

Jeff & Jody August 27, 2017. 1st hike of year. 4.25 hours round trip- 12.8 miles. Sunny. Saw bison, elk & mule deer on way in thru Ted Turner's ranch. Saw 2 mule deer run from Bison on way out.

Sun May 07 2017

My fiancé and I tried to hike this trail May 6th but the road to the trailhead is closed until May 16th. We ended up walking up the road for about 3 miles. To get to the waterfall and back it would have been something like 11 miles. Though we were literally walking on a road we saw a moose, buffalo, deer and it was beautiful. We are looking forward to trying the actual hike one day. But would have loved to know the road was closed before hand. Make sure you check before you get your heart set in seeing a waterfall!

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Mon Oct 24 2016

This trail is rated as an 'easy' trail. The first half is easy, but the second half should be listed as 'moderate'. Nonetheless, the payoff was worth it as the waterfall was very nice.

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Tue Jan 20 2015

Dusty, buggy approach. All the fun was getting to the trailhead.

Wed Jan 15 2014

Lots of flowers. Pretty cool waterfall. Came out this trail on a backpacking trip through the Spanish Peaks.

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3 months ago

recorded Recording - Aug 25, 3:00 PM

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