Explore the most popular lake 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.

hiking
17 days ago

First it's important to note there are 3 trail heads in the parking area. Bear Canyon is down the road a bit more, the parking area is directly in front of New World Gulch and another trail. I took New World Gulch by accident for a little while, I turned around after a ton of snow, mud, slush, and eventually a stream too big to cross....mostly because I had on trail runners instead of full hiking boots. The snow and water made it hard for me to find the trail and keep on the trail.

Bear Canyon was a great trail until I needed snow shoes. I was knee deep in snow and had to turn around (again!). Easy trail to follow. More open than the New World Gulch trail.

Early morning was empty. Quite busy by the time I came down around 1pm . Lots of climbers headed to a crag.

Nice trail. Not too long but long enough to get some exercise with the pup. Well maintained and I will be coming back to chill on the “ beach” since dogs aren’t allowed :(

trail running
4 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

So much fun!!! The view was well worth it!!

This is a beautiful Hike. We went there near the end of August, and there were only a few muddy spots on the trail. We concentrated on the first 4 waterfalls on the trail, so we didn't make it all the way up to the lake. Next time we will likely skip the falls and head to the lake.

If you're pressed for time, I'd recommend skipping Silken Skein Falls. It is very pretty but it's smaller and it takes a bit to get there. Spend time at Champagne Falls. You can leave the trail and walk up the creek, and spend time at the base of the falls.

Note that the last ~1/2 mile of the trail going back is not the same as the one going in. We had passed the loop to Grotto Falls and started realizing the landmarks were different. But it gets you back to the parking lot just the same.

hiking
8 months ago

Really nice little walk. You can actually drive the first 5 miles if you have a good car with 4 wheel drive (we did see little cars too though with no 4 wheel drive but I probably wouldn't recommend doing that). The walk around the lake is very nice and easy and the lake is beautiful!

If you drive all the way to the lake/campground, you're only left with the short walk around the lake.

The five mile hike starts at the lower trailhead. This isn't explained well here in the app, unfortunately.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful, well maintained trail. Emerald Lake was gorgeous. Would do it again...

very cool for beginners!

mountain biking
9 months ago

Worth exploring. Since I biked it I didn't take many of the turn offs to see waterfalls. Trail is very rocky at parts, probably much better trails to MTN Bike in hyalite canyon and around bozeman.

hiking
9 months ago

Well worth the hike to the lake. Trail head under renovation so be careful with signs. Splits at Grotto falls trail and heads uphill to the right.

hiking
10 months ago

STOP! NO LONGER GOOD FOR HIKERS! This path has been bulldozed to create a wider, straighter trail for 4Wheelers. The result is lots of loose rocks and dust on the trail, shade trees adjacent to the trail cut down, low spots deeply burrowed and the side hill cut to expose more rocks and dirt. We hiked the same route as on the main map shown for this hike. If you insist on hiking this trail, bring a bandana to cover your mouth and nose to protect you from all the dust. It crosses the creek once then is in the trees with only a few good viewpoints. Also known as Trail 500. Bring water for your dog. A better option is to drive another 10-15 minutes up to Fairy Lake, then hike to Sacajawea Peak. Fairy Lake is very pretty at the base of the peak and has a rope swing in the far side. About a 50-60 minute drive from Bozeman's Main St and Rouse. Motorized access might be limited during hunting season. The road passes through a lot of private land before reaching the parking area.

10 months ago

One of my first mountain climbed and favorite trails in Montana.

One of my favorite trails near Bozeman.

It's a great little hike with a small lake at the top of the loop and easy access to the reservoir. My only complaint is the "improved" trail of gravel, which is hard on dogs' paws. We'll likely take the unimproved west side trail back, rather than making the loop in the future.

Awesome trail, heck of a workout and well worth it!

Beautiful hike, trail is a workout by, well worth it!

easy quick loop, there are signs saying bears are active around there tho, so don't forget the bear spray!! Also a little mosquito-y in parts.

hiking
10 months ago

Great Hike and absolutely amazing lake! The road was extremely rough well worth it though! Check out my post all about it!
https://beccaandrea.com/2017/07/13/fairy-lake-bozeman-montana/

hiking
10 months ago

Steady hike. Tons of mosquitoes!

Lots of mosquitoes at the top so bring bug spray, but overall one of my most favorite hikes!

10 months ago

Long hike but totally worth it!

hiking
10 months ago

I did about half this trail today. There was absolutely no one else there for 80% of my walk. The trail is nice and hilly, not just up but up and down. Lots of sun which wasn't as welcome on this extremely hot day. Enjoyed my walk anyway.

Go out there with friends and have fun, alot of attractive water falls, awesome views. Like it and i will do it again

Great. Steep in places. But if you get to the opening of the lake go over the slope. Even better view and another lake w even more solitude. Fished there too. Lots of fish at the head waters.

Amazing hike. Unfortunately, couldn't make it to the lake (about .3 mi short) due to heavy spring runoff and dangerous water conditions. Large snow fields also hampered our progress. All that being said, you won't find a more beautiful hike.

Absolutely gorgeous! One of my favorite places. It's a little more difficult at the beginning of the trail, but overall it was pretty mellow.

hiking
11 months ago

With a new gravel trail along the shoreline it's an easier hike and for me less enjoyable... it's like hiking a fire road.

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