Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Bozeman with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

2 days ago

Go when the sky is clear to get the best view on top

Lovely view at turn around/ peak

I love hiking Baldy! Summitted on May 16th. A lot of snow before the final ascent, but easy to get around or follow other people's tracks.

Not crowded, nice place for a quiet hike left fork muddy and slick this time of year, right fork was fine and had better views.

Nice fairly short hike. Perfect when you want to get out and don’t have a lot of time. It is short but it does climb right out of the gate. Nice view from the top.

18 days ago

Perfect little short hike for all levels. Steep sometimes and flat sometimes.

Kept hiking after the M and made it up to this Summit. Beautiful views, quite a bit of snow at the top during this time.

1 month ago

One of the best payoffs for such a short hike. It is really steep but worth every step!

Remember, despite what the last review says there are no grizzlies in the Bridgers! Lots of black bears (sometimes brown in color) but no grizzlies.

Perfect hike for a nice spring day like today. A little icy but nothing you can’t handle if you pay attention to where you walk

1 month ago

Steady, moderate-to-severe incline all the way to the top! Great views once you reach the ridgeline. Crampons or piercing snowshoes are required to summit Baldy this time of year (March). Good luck!

Went a few miles back yesterday, trail is pretty packed down and slick from skiers, so make sure to wear ice grips.

3 months ago

Hiked this a long time ago, in August 2000. I had to stop to rest a little after the switchbacks, but the view of the Bridger Range and Bozeman in the distance was so so beautiful and worth every drop of sweat. Saw Rocky Mountain Goats at the summit, just below me. Grizzly ran in front of my car as I was leaving the parking area.

2017 BRR Finisher

Amazing Views

4 months ago

Beautiful in the winter time. The gate will be closed at the first parking lot past the dam when you make the left turn up for palisades. So it adds about an extra mile each way to the hike. Worth it.

Great easy hike! The trail is wide and well maintained, great for skiing and hiking in the winter.

A fun hike in the snow!

5 months ago

On 24 Nov road conditions to access trailhead were treacherous with snow & ice. Even with four wheel drive we turned around after 2 miles. I did the hike in August and it's fantastic - highly recommend. But this time of year access is difficult.

First off, I’m going to start by saying that the way to Sacajawea Peak also leads you to Fairy Lake. So you can see and do both, or you could even combine the two trails into one super long one.

Second, this trail is super fun! But let me just put this out there, I’m super fit, going hiking often, and boy!! It was some work to get up to the top. I have a bad right knee, and was really feeling it once I was almost to the top, as the trail is super steep.

Thirdly, I would definitely recommend this to anyone if you love hiking! The views are amazing!

Gorgeous short hike. Snow up to my knees but still doable. ✌

This post provides instructions to the summit of Lower Mt Ellis, 8 miles round trip, 2246 ft elevation gain. About 4.5 hours, excluding lunch break. Trailhead is at the end of Mt Ellis LANE, not Mt Ellis Rd. At the end of the public road, there is a private road continuing straight, and the trailhead through a swinging wood gate is located to the right of this road. State land use permit ($10) required. Bring plenty of water for you and your dog! Continue on the trail up the gradual incline through a meadow for about a mile. Veer to the left at the fork to stay on forest service road FS 712 (see map). In about 100 yds, pass through a barb wire gate and continue up the road to about the 2 mile mark. On a grassy slope at a fork, veer right to stay on FS 712 to continue uphill. Keep your eyes open for views of the Crazies and Absarokas. At about the 3 mile mark or beyond, a small (4" dia. Trunk) fir tree lays across the road. Look for a rock cairn and head up the hill to the right. The trail here is narrow and steep. It took us nearly an hour to cover the final mile to the summit. But the 360 degree views of the Bridger, Absaroka, Spanish Peak, and Tobacco Root mountain ranges are truly breathtaking. If you want to peak Mt Ellis, leave early and avoid the up and down to Lower Mt Ellis.

7 months ago

A nice little hike to a pretty waterfall

7 months ago

Very short and easy hike, nice waterfall at the end.

7 months ago

10 years since my last trip to Bozeman, MT. This trail is just as I remember. Excellent climb with the chance to see some goats (summer). I would highly recommend.

7 months ago

Little aggressive with the snow but amazing view from the top

Fun hike, wooden stairs, bridges etc. Pretty good calf workout!

Super easy!

Beautiful day to see a gorgeous fall!

7 months ago

Beautiful scenery and easily accessible. Dog loved it too!

8 months ago

Amazing trail, unfortunately it's very popular and lots of traffic but we have been able to see mountain goats each time, up close and personal as well. worth the difficulty!

Super easy trail. We went after our first snowfall of the year just yesterday & it was so peaceful and quiet. Went early to avoid traffic. on our way down at noon we passed a lot of people.

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