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.

From the Blackmore parking lot it’s 12.4 miles. Really pretty with the wildflowers blooming. Only two small patches of snow to cross.

1 day ago

The hike is beautiful with the first part of it being in the trees and then it opening up to beautiful views! There was still snow pack and some run off.
Downside was the road going up. It’s a terrible 6 miles. If you have a mountain bike or 2 wheeled vehicle it would be a little better but it’s not for beginners.

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3 days ago

Pretty awesome run/hike. There is a lot of vert. we ended up with 7500' of climbing but we stopped at Ross Pass and went back on the Bridger Foothills Trail. only bad part was limited spots to restock on water and pretty technical. But all around awesome run!

4 days ago

Amazing view of ten mountain ranges from the top of Mount Ellis. About 10 miles out and back, 3050 ft elevation gain. See my two recordings for a map to ascend Mount Ellis without going to the top of Lower Mount Ellis first. This will save you a few hundred feet of unnecessary up and down. Essentially, follow the instructions I posted last year beginning at the trailhead until you arrive at the final ascent to Lower Mount Ellis. At about 7400 feet, veer left off the path toward the lowest point of the saddle connecting the two peaks. Bushwhack across a flower-filled sidehill for about a quarter mile until you connect to a game trail. Follow this game trail to the saddle, watching for cairns at the saddle as these will help you find the way back. Once you connect with the trail connecting the two peaks, it’s straightforward to Mount Ellis. Bring 2-3 liters of water per person. Our 50 lb dog drank 1.5 liters on a mild July day. About 7 hrs total. I had to record the ascent and descent as two trips because my battery died.

5 days ago

New World Gulch has plenty of great features including creeks, meadows, plenty of wildflowers, and ends up at Mystic Lake. There is also a rentable forest service cabin at the lake. There are a few steep places, one small section in particular that can be difficult to keep your footing. There are also a few creek crossings. You’ll eventually end up on a closed forest service road that’ll take you down to the lake.

The hike is not too difficult, but there is also nothing to really make it stand out among the other area lake hikes. When I did it back in June, the lake was unusually low (especially for the snowpack that we had this season). There is also a closed road coming up sourdough canyon that’ll take you to the lake which takes away from the natural surroundings a little in my opinion, though it’d probably be a great cross country sky trek in the winter.

If you are really looking for a hike, head back down from the lake by cutting over to Bear Canyon! You’ll come out at the Bear Canyon Trailhead which is just 1/4 mile from The New World Gulch Trailhead. You’ll get to see a few more secluded ponds and lakes along the way, but you’ll end up hiking nearly 20 miles round-trip. Also, be careful hiking at dusk or at night; there is plenty of mountain lion scat to be found on the trail.

Overall, this does make a good day hike or could also make for good backpacking; and the lake is pretty great when it’s full. It’s minutes from Bozeman and easy to access. Personally, if you want a Great Lake hike, I’d check out the Hyalite Lake or Emerald/Heather Lake hikes up Hyalite canyon.

6 days ago

Great hike, but be prepared to get a leg workout with the steep hike to the peak! Once you make it, the views are breathtaking! Also be prepared for all the rocks that might move when stepping in them, ankle high boats are recommend. also make sure you have a car with good clearance for the rough road up!

Favorite hike in Montana so far. All the waterfalls were amazing. The trail conditions were great. Our feet got wet but we made it all the way to the lake with 3 dogs (one small). Still some snow. Took us 5 hours up. 2 hours back. Overall an easier hike- the distance was hard. 12 miles.

7 days ago

Awesome hike. Views at the top are worth it. The road on the way in is really rough so be prepared. We did this hike on July 8th and there was still snow and ice on trail.

Always a good hike when in the bozeman area. Pretty short hike for the summit views that you are rewarded with ! There seems to be more and more people each time we go so it can be a fairly trafficked hike. A good chance of seeing mountain goats if you keep your eyes peeled!

10 days ago

This is one of my favorite hikes. I hiked this trail during the weekday and I was the only one there at 9 am. The trail starts out in a meadow then starts a steady incline up the mountains, It is a gradual climb so it makes it for a nice hike in the woods. I have not come across any wild life during my two hikes there, but i have come across foot prints of elk and possibly bears, so be careful and aware. The History Rock is halfway up the trail, so if continue pass the rock, you will experience more of the hike until you get to the switchbacks and a more steep climb up the mountain.

11 days ago

This is a great hike. Be aware that, to get to the top, you go up a very steep hill to the saddle using switchbacks. Some of these switchbacks are not well marked so it's a good idea to look up every now and then to get your bearings. The climb is very steady until you get to the final 100 feet - at which point, it gets MUCH steeper and you have to climb over a lot of shale. Getting up just takes some time and the views (and goats) at the top are incredible. If you are afraid of heights, this probably isn't for you. Also, while the road is open and passable as of 7/4/18, there are potholes that might be able to swallow a VW bug - so, bring your 4WD or, if you don't have one, borrow one from somebody you don't like very much.

11 days ago

I’ve hiked this trail so many times I can’t even count. It’s a favorite fast fitness hike with great views. Challenging with my kids on my back given the initial switchbacks and steep incline, but always pleasurable.

Remarkable hike going up but really tough in a lot of snow (which there was in early June). If you’re willing to climb on all 4s through snow, the views at the top are worth it!

12 days ago

Beautiful trail! First mile thru rolling fields, then a bit of a climb to the top. At the base of the loop, if you go right there are multiple switch backs as you climb. The left side is more of a straight climb. I found the climb to be more moderate than easy!

Easy hike on a paved trail ending at a beautiful waterfall! Great hike for families!

Georgeous! Gets really busy but I think there’s plenty to see just past the falls. And most of the traffic dyes off there!

Climbed to the top today, 6-30-18. I would do it again but maybe next year. 4 hours up, 2 hours down. Lots of people but all were very friendly and encouraging. Cold and windy on top but I moved about 10-15 feet down the off wind side and was pretty comfortable.

15 days ago

The lower fields with the wildflowers is bloom was beautiful. The trails itself was OK but the map has many problems:
- The west branch track looks like it’s in error as it doesn’t represent any path I could see. Also, while we went back after this, it’s not clear where it goes. Maybe next time I’ll walk out further and record a better track.
- The East track also seems to end when the rambler gave up as it stops in the middle of nowhere. Other tracks seem to have a destination and I’ll try one of them.

So: do the hike, stick to the East trail at the fork and keep going. Linda Thompson’s directions below are probably a better approach.

Didn't get to see the view at the top, but it was still a fun hike! Will definitely do it again!

Loved this hike! Be prepared to get a little muddy and wet as the runoff has turned part of the trail into mini streams. Snow starts to appear after mile three and had to turn back at mile four because a the water was moving too fast to safely cross with my dog. If you love waterfalls this a hike for you!

If you're looking for beautiful views and a killer workout, this is the trail for you.

it definitely is a killer hike. It took me 2 hours and 10 min. I was the only person up Baldy that night, I hiked passed it for a half mile turned around and hid the little tree to get away from the super wind. I waited for sunset for 30min- within that 30min, I cried, I shouted, I feel betrayed from someone I trusted for 3 years. I am a "Leave no trace person" I left a pair of earrings, you are welcome to have it. my ex boyfriend give it to me when we started dating, I had a lot of compliments about it. I had to let it go. When i came down it was already dark, sunset was 9:15 and I came down with headlamps on after 2.5miles, I made it to my car at 10:34pm. Baldy is such an amazing hike/run for training the Rut run. And I'm doing it again once or twice a week.

This has to be the most beautiful hike I have ever done! We saw at least 8-10 waterfalls—all with their own unique beauty. Fair warning, there is a lot of mud and the trail is completely snow covered for the last mile or so still. Luckily, we had footprints and this app to use when the footprints ran out. The last pass over the Hyalite creek (between the top waterfall and the second to the top) is completely over flowing and not the safest to cross at the moment. You might be able to cross it if you’re feeling adventurous and don’t have a dog with you like we did. Even though we weren’t able to make it fully to the lake, the views from right below it of the valley are absolutely breath taking! Well worth the wet shoes, socks, and pants. Fair warning, we did fall through snow up to our hip at points. So be prepared!

Recommend: gloves for the top; change of socks and shoes for when you’re done; hiking poles (we didn’t use them and it would have helped!)

25 days ago

This trail was slightly steep and paved all the way up to the falls. Construction was being done at the top causing trail blockage for short periods of time. The falls were beautiful with a lovely view of the valley between the trees.

Beautiful trail!! Flowers are abundant on the top and so fragrant!! My only complaint was the amount of full poop bags that were just left on the trail, doesn't that defeat the purpose of having one? Pack it in, you MUST pack it out, come on people!!

The first four miles of the trail are a little muddy, and then trail turns entirely to snow and gets tricky to follow about a mile or so from the lake. Beautiful for hiking if you are willing to get a little damp & snowy, but needs to melt out more before it's good for running all the way up to the lake.

Beautiful , easy hike up slight grade. Had a 5 and 7 year old with me and they had no problem at all. Green fields and tall trees. Super easy to get to from Bozeman .

Did this with my 13 yr old son on Father’s Day. Rained the entire hike and so windy at the top that we could barely stand! All in all, very beautiful, lots of flowers, but unfortunately it was so cloudy that we had very little visibility and really no views. It was an accomplishment just to make it. That last half mile is a doozie!

A majority of the path is paved with a gradual incline. Nice short hike with a breathtaking waterfall at the end. Beautiful!!

Went very early on a weekday and it was a quiet hike with solitude. Views on the way to the falls are just as beautiful as the falls itself. Short and easy hike.

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