Storm Castle Peak

MODERATE 114 reviews
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Storm Castle Peak is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gallatin Gateway, Montana that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1850 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

5 days ago

Great spring hike!! The first hike I do every spring..

1 month ago

Not a super hard hike and the view is amazing! Would recommend maybe having yaktrax or something for the winter as it was a bit slippery. One thing to note is the road is closed to get to the trailhead in the winter so you have to walk an additional mile or so to get there.

3 months ago

Such a beautiful hike with amazing views throughout. Would highly recommend to anyone in the area.

6 months ago

A gorgeous hike. Definitely challenging (especially if you're not used to higher altitudes...which as a NY native I am not!) Parts of the trail are really narrow so be careful. The views overall were beautiful and the view from the top was totally epic! I definitely recommend. ☺️

hiking
7 months ago

Incredible hike. Took my son who started running and was poking fun that I couldn't keep up and was walking. "Settle down young bull, won't be long and I'll catch up!"
Fair amount of traffic on the hike but easy to step off and get around each other. Switchback trails make the hike doable for all ages and abilities...but it isn't easy by any measure.
Leave enough time to enjoy the views from the top. We were lucky enough to watch a helicopter come up the valley and land near the hike entrance below us. Enjoy!!

trail running
8 months ago

My favorite trail for trail running ever: Steep climb to top, Smooth downhill glide to bottom.

hiking
8 months ago

very awesome trail for an afternoon hike with a great view

hiking
8 months ago

Great view

walking
8 months ago

It was a great trail. Tread was fairly excellent most of the way. Couple cutoff trails need to be blocked a little better in some switchbacks to protect the resource but overall it was good. Went with friends and it was well worth the trip!!

hiking
8 months ago

It has narrow paths and for people not acclimated to higher elevations it may be a bit more difficult. Great hike!

hiking
9 months ago

Definitely worth it for the view!

9 months ago

Harder than I thought but the view at the end is so worth it!

hiking
9 months ago

Hike was a bit harder than I expected especially near the top, but it was SO worth it!! Go before the heat hits and bring plenty of water.

hiking
9 months ago

Narrow trails with fine sand earn this trail it's moderate rating. Well worth the effort, beautiful views at the top as well as along the way.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike! Getting started early is a good idea to avoid the hot sun on the way up. The pictures do not do the view at the top justice - it'll definitely take your breath away. My pup and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

9 months ago

One of my absolute favorites! In the spring, part of the road may be closed, making it more of an 8mile round trip, but still beautiful!

hiking
9 months ago

Really fun and challenging. About an hour to the top. Go early, lots of sun and no water make for a toasty hike!

9 months ago

At the top, make sure to see both the hole in the rock and the shear cliff which overlooks Montana Whitewater's facility. The coolest photo is of you looking out the open hole in the cliff face, but requires a camera with a longer zoom than a cell phone (and a partner who's not acrophobic, of course).

hiking
9 months ago

I came from the Cascades, one of my favourite areas to hike, to come spend some time around the Rockies and Yellowstone. I stumbled onto this trail trying to find a place to Boondock. An amazingly breathtaking hike. its a short one but plan for the day if you can. So many incredible views and little spots to explore ( caves and arches) that you wont want to come down.

hiking
10 months ago

Really fun trail! One of my first real hikes I've done since I got out here and the view from the top is amazing. Definitely doing it again.

10 months ago

View from the top is absolutely beautiful

10 months ago

This was a beautiful hike. Lots of wild flowers and a gorgeous view at the top. Really fun run back down.

hiking
10 months ago

Unforgiving ascent rewarded by spectacular views. Bring plenty of water!!!

10 months ago

If Storm Castle were a president it would be babe-raham Lincoln

11 months ago

walked 2 miles to the trailhead before the hike, but it was a gorgeous day! the trail is narrow, so I'd hesitate to bring smaller children with me

hiking
11 months ago

Took a little longer than planned but we made it! Awesome hike. It was probably our fault we got a little off course haha

hiking
Saturday, November 19, 2016

Incredible views the whole way.

Monday, October 10, 2016

This trail was a little more strenuous than I expected it to be. Not from the area but frequent it often and never really considered myself out of shape or a flat lander but I was really out of breath on this hike and had to take frequent breaks. At the top I found out it was all worth it though. Such an amazing view. Feels like you're on top of the world!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Honestly this was easier than I thought it would be. It is nothing but switchbacks but we were able to keep a steady pace and hit the top in just under an hour. Loose footing on the rocky switchbacks towards the top but nothing unmanageable.

hiking
Saturday, August 13, 2016

This trail had beautiful views the entire way to the top. There was a nice mix of forest and open areas along the trail that allowed for some shade. Definitely a well maintained trail I would do again!

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