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Good trial. There had been a good snowfall over the past couple of days, so it made the hike a little tricky, but not bad. I need to try this again in the summer months.

on M Trail

hiking
11 days ago

Awesome hike with great views. There are 2 paths to get to the M- one straight up with a heart pounding 1/2 mile or 1.9 miles up easier switchbacks.

15 days ago

The drive up is brutal. One can make it with an suv but better with a truck that has more clearance - we've done both and it still is a slow go due to very Rocky road. Once there, the lake is gorgeous. Quick little trail all the way around and a switchback in and out or use the stairs. It would be fun to snowmobile up here.

hiking
16 days ago

Great hike with some good views. A little muddy because of the rain but all in all, lovely

hiking
27 days ago

We did the marked road trail on the way up. snow cover wide trail was well trampled by other travelers but we were the only ones on the way up and back. When you arrive there's a T and you go right to the waterfall. Visited the falls, which were beautiful half-frozen, then took the other trail to the left to hit Hyalite Trail. Took a left onto a heavily traveled trail which began like a frozen stream this day. This single track trail was fantastic and took us to a signpost indicating a connector to the Grotto Falls Trailhead. This connector trail had not been traveled since the snow had fallen a few days earlier and was absolutely a fantastic five star trek. On this day, crunching snow, sunshine and amazing views. At some points you can see Grotto Falls trail below you. It comes out to the left of the trailhead and is unmarked. Fantastic simple high value hike!

Waterfalls everywhere. Snow everywhere. we were the only ones that made it to the lake and made fresh tracks. About ankle deep sometimes knee deep. The road was pretty brutal. I wouldn't tow anything (we did) but fine on a 2wd just tons of potholes

mountain biking
1 month ago

Bike riding

Love this trail, it's pretty difficult with a lot of technical sections but incredible views. My favorite way to do it is as a shuttle, leaving a car at the base of the trail and driving one up Olson creek road. It's 7.8 miles one way so closer to 16 total.

on Sypes Canyon

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty easy.. Beautiful

Totally enjoyed this hike!

horseback riding
1 month ago

Plenty of room for horse trailer parking at the overflow parking area. Beautiful and well marked trail. Made it up to the 3.5 mile point, past the first top. Definitely worth an extra mile to get a better vantage point! The fall colors were breathtaking and plenty of room to pass other adventurers. Highly recommend this trail!

horseback riding
1 month ago

Rode my horse to Hyalite Lake and it was beautiful. Easy trailer parking, friendly folks on the trail, and very curious dogs! Trail was muddy in places where the stream flowed but the falls along the way and breathtaking views makes this trail stunning. A must see!

hiking
1 month ago

Road to trailhead brutal. Take cars at your risk. Hike is steep and wooded, then opens up to switchbacks. Fully exposed on hot and sunny days.

great for small kids

The trail was beautiful with views of mountain ranges, wild flowers and open plains. We ended up hiking around 12 miles roundtrip. The only downside is the close proximity to the freeway, but this could also be viewed as a plus if you’re looking for a easy to access trail.

fishing
1 month ago

Bring fly pole for Graylings, also if want can try bottom fishing and get some cutthroats. Very fun hike and fishing!

Hiked up to Chestnut Mountain which is about 4.8 miles out from the trailhead...so 9.6 miles roundtrip. This was suffice for me as I was hiking for views. Great view of Frog Rock from the Chestnut Mountain trail.

hiking
1 month ago

This was our big hike near the end of the season and it didn’t disappoint. We had been to Hyalite Lake before, so we didn’t need to stop at the beautiful waterfalls or take a ton of pics. The weather was perfect - sunny and 34 to 70 degrees. A light rain the night before knocked some of the trail dust down. Near the saddle before the peak, the wind became quite strong. Views of the Spanish Peaks, Lone Mountain, Paradise Valley, Absaroka Mountains and Bridger Mountains were breathtaking. We were surprised the peak was grassy and fairly flat. We would’ve had our lunch there if not for the wind. Trail runners appear to really like this trail but we mid-fifties hikers took about 8 1/2 hours for the entire trip, including a break by the lake. A woman heading up the trail mentioned seeing a young black bear, so don’t forget bear spray. Bring at least two liters of water per person.

Multi-purpose trail and lots of people out using it. If you are looking for an easy stroll and a double track for a group of people, this is a nice option.

An excellent hike/trail run if you’re looking for something quick!

hiking
1 month ago

Bring a fly rod for graylings.

walking
2 months ago

Nice short hike. Picnic tables etc. at trailhead parking lot. Very pretty. Good hike for families and people who have difficulties on unimproved trails.

2 months ago

Beautiful. Do it.

hiking
2 months ago

Low traffic. Heavily shaded. Trail in good condition.

Great trail! I have four littles (ages 2-7) and it was PERFECT for them! We walked right along the creek and even found a few spots you could get done to the water. The kids had a blast walking across ‘the plank’ to get to the ‘rock island’ (water was about an inch or so deep!

Will definitely be back!

hiking
2 months ago

Mostly a series of gentle ascents and descents on an ATV trail along a ridgeline. Great views in several directions of the Bridgers, a peak at the Absorkees. Joins up with the Fairy Creek (500) Trail and apparently you can hike all the way to Fairy Lake. we went out and back to the Battle Ridge Campground about 5 miles total.

Absolutely gorgeous hike! Take the time to visit the many waterfalls that you pass on the way. It is completely worth it! Much harder trail than Grotto due to the length and the rocks. We didn’t make it to the lake due to us losing daylight and the rain. But definitely intend to start earlier next time and finish this trail. Ended our journey at Chasm Falls which has the little bridge. Pack lots of water, you’ll need it. Saw a few wildflowers on the way.

Loved it! This was one of our favorite trails, although it wasn’t well-marked in my opinion. Start from the Grotto Falls trailhead and you get to see 3 waterfalls. It was an easy hike with a gradual incline. The sign for Champagne Falls on the trail is missing, so we’re glad we found it!

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice hike, not long at all. Much longer drive up there than the hike itself. Not strenuous or taxing. More like an afternoon stroll through the park. Well, not exactly but close. I kept going another 3-4 miles beyond Grotto Falls on the Hylite Creek trail. 90% of dogs weren’t on a leash but that didn’t bother me. I kinda think if they are well behaved it’s almost torture to keep them on a leash. I didn’t like the 3 motocross bikes coming up the trail but if it’s legal then they have a right to enjoy the trail too. If not legal then GTFO!

Beautiful views and forgiving trail.

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