Explore the most popular waterfall 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
1 month ago

The road leading to the trailhead was closed off, added an extra mile both ways. Great hike! The falls were beautiful.

hiking
1 month ago

An easy short hike. Went on Christmas and was not disappointed by the the giant frozen waterfall.

hiking
1 month ago

Love this hike. Good for kids. All year round availability. Crisp mountain air. Wildlife/birds abound. Would love to ice climb the falls one year. Awesome photo ops.

hiking
4 months 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

horseback riding
4 months 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!

great for small kids

hiking
5 months 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.

walking
5 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.

5 months ago

Beautiful. Do it.

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
5 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!

Five star hike with waterfalls around every corner and serene lake at the end. It is incredibly gorgeous. There are still some wildflowers at the top. The smoke was bad, but not terrible.

It is a steady climb, so not too difficult. If you want to cut it short, go 4 miles to see a waterfall that you can sit under. As you cross the bridge over a smooth rock base, look up the hill! walk up the hill on the left, you can go right up to it and hang out underneath. This was my favorite part!

Short. Asphalt surface. Nice waterfall!

shady, no mile markers, lots of pesky flies! lots of beautiful waterfall options. bring plenty of water, you'll need it.

Ran with my two girls (11/9). We each carried a full hydro pack and brought a lifestraw along. We had plenty of fuel as well. The hike was amazing. We didn't hike to the top of the peak. We hiked to a lower one as I didn't feel safe enough with the last mile with my kids due to terrain.
The girls ran out of water at the peak and used the lifestraw on the way down. The waterfalls were amazing and so were the wildflowers! I would do this hike again in a heartbeat! It took us 5 hours to run/hike/enjoy this. I stopped and took a zillion photos and we spent about 20 minutes at the lake.

6 months ago

Was a great hike! Waterfall is really beautiful! Wow!

The many waterfalls and streams are beautiful! We detoured off the trail to see each of the falls, including Grotto, and ended up walking about 13-14 miles. Silken Skein Falls is at least 1/4 mile off the trail and despite climbing up a narrow trail through the trees never got a good view. I will skip it next time. We were able to manage all of the stream crossings without getting wet feet. Closer to the lake, there is a large stream crossing but you can take a trail to the left up the hill along the creek to connect back with the main trail, thereby avoiding two big crossings. The trail has a flour-like dust, so a beer and shower at the end of this dusty trail is advised. We hit the trailhead at 7:30 am on a Tuesday and saw six people ahead of us and about forty in the way back. We didn’t haul water for our dog due to the abundant creeks, but I drank 2.5 L.

6 months ago

I didn’t actually love that it was paved, but it would be great for families with kids and strollers. The waterfall at the end was very pretty and offers the chance to scramble up to get closer to the foot of it if you choose.

Such a pretty hike, and a nice and easy one to get started with. You can also elect to continue on some side hikes to see other falls or hyalite creek if you want a longer hike.

6 months ago

Pretty breathtaking scene at the end of this trail. While this trail is short and busy, this is definitely worth your time if you are visiting for a short time or if accessibility is a high priority. Great hike to take newcomers and visitors to town on.

Beautiful!

hiking
6 months ago

If the hike to the lake isn't quite challenging enough give this a go. Great views, but you gotta earn them. I did it today and the trail right before the ridge was still covered in snow. Have to improvise a little bit for another week or two...no big deal.

hiking
6 months ago

Awesome little hike. Can definitely get busy though. I actually prefer this hike in the winter though! The ice structures are amazing, water is still flowing, and way less crowds! The trail is very easy to follow even with snow all over the ground.

Beautiful hike with my husband and dog. Like some others have said, trail is likely closer to 12 miles, but a nice gradual incline for the most part. The last mile or so had some great wildflowers! We started around 6am on a Tuesday and didn't see anyone until we were about halfway down. Being from an area without grizzlies, we were a bit nervous on the way up, but didn't see any signs of bears. Took us 2h20 to get to the lake and 2h to get back. Cliffs at the lake are impressive! Be prepared for all the bugs - there were more mosquitos than I had ever seen in one place before! Fun hike and glad we went!

hiking
6 months ago

Always a nice, kid friendly hike. Go early to avoid bugs, heat, and crowds.

6 months ago

Awesome views, was easy enough for us to take the kids (6 and 4).

This trail has everything: Numerous waterfalls, beautiful lake surrounded by vertical mountains, amazing views down the valley. Not much more you could want.
At the start we had to take the Grotto Falls trail. The additional switchbacks add some distance. My gps read 6.5 miles at the lake , 13 back at the parking lot, making it a long walk.

A little more difficult than the waterfall trail but still the kids loved it. Great views.

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