Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near Gallatin Gateway with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Only had 2-3 hours of time left for a hike. This was perfect. J has time to relax at the falls. Although more traffic than I prefer it was enjoyable.

Great hike. Mostly shaded with some open areas. Beautiful wild flowers and creek crossings with single log and handrail. Lots of dogs (most off leash) and mountain bikers. Alternates climbing/descending so it's not all up, then all down. Very enjoyable hike!

1.5 hours to a beautiful lake with minimal breaks. Pretty "buggy" at the lake and in spots on the trail. Mostly gradual elevation climb from beginning to end. Good workout!

Did this hike Friday (7/13/18) later in the afternoon as a large two family group (8 yoa to 51 yoa). It was warmer and we wished we had brought more water on the trail as most of the trail is rolling and climbing through the forest with not much wind moving.

The lake was beautiful and provided some cool relief. My brother in law who does triathlons (competed in Kona) brought his wetsuit and swam the lake. Another check box filled in his bucket list.

Serene trail ending in a beautiful lake. The lake is wonderful to swim in during the summer.

We did see a grizzly bear within 10 feet when we turned a corner. It quickly ran away. We also heard from hikers heading down that they had seen a mountain lion around the same location as the bear (~.6 miles in).

Be aware, carry bear spray, don’t hike alone, and be careful if you bring your dog!

hiking
7 days ago

Beautiful hike but full of mud and horse droppings.

steady hike up with a couple water crossings. 2 bridges, 1 Rock hop, 1 log walk. gorgeous lake Worth taking a swim in with the jumping fish.

hiking
9 days ago

Short easy hike with great view of the waterfall at the end.

Packed with people but beautiful views! We went on a weekend so maybe a weekday would be better. Wide trails, easy hiking.

such a beautiful hike with amazing scenery. it gets busy around the afternoon but is still an amazing hike. the rocks are quite slippery at the bottom of the waterfall, so if you go down, be careful.

Great hike. Up, up, up all the way for a brilliant lake view!

one of my favorites. Wildflowers, water, dog friendly and fun!

Solid hike, lake at the end is beautiful.

Beautiful views at the end of the hike. Throughout the hike, you are mostly hiking through the forest at a consistent incline with a few breaks. There are a few breaks in the forest with some pretty views as well though, but not many. There are rocks throughout the trail, which I thought were useful in maintaining footing, rather than hiking on slippery gravel, etc.

hiking
14 days ago

Fine easy hike but a lot of horse poop which took away time from looking at nature and down at the trail instead

14 days ago

Easy short hike. Terrain is filled with horse poop which is annoying.

hiking
14 days ago

As an avid hiker, I must say, this was a poor experience. Was looking for an easy afternoon hike, and this ended up being more of a 3.5 mile game of hop scotch dodging horse dung every step.

Great trail to end your day! Views are beautiful and the waterfall is spectacular. Watch out for slippery rocks at the bottom of the falls.

Pretty heavily trafficked but really pretty lake at the end. We have done this in the summer and also did it April 22nd and the majority of the trail was snow packed. Always good to pack bear spray.

Great workout and a beautiful hike. Love all the creek crossings and the sound of the rushing water as you hike. Lots of families and dogs on the trail - everyone was very friendly.

nature trips
17 days ago

This is a super easy, super short trail to a decent sized waterfall. The trail is well maintained and easy to navigate. There were at least three viewpoints from which to see the falls. One from the top and two from the bottom. You can walk down a set of stairs to the base of the falls.

There are clean restrooms, dog leashes for loan and dog waste sacks at the trail head. This is a perfect hike for families or folks just starting out with exploring the outdoors. Go! Enjoy!

Well maintained trail. Beautiful scenery all the way to the falls.

It was a nice day on the trail today. It was pretty muddy is spots though.

What a beautiful ending to a tough hike. It felt good to accomplish it, but the elevation is no joke. Keep in mind I'm a 50 year old woman from Ohio and not used to the elevation here. The lake is totally worth it though.

A otherwise beautiful trail ruined by horses.

We passed about 8 horses as we climbed to the ridge then continued down to the creek with our heads down avoiding the droppings and plowed up trail. . After crossing over the bridge the trail was almost impassable in places torn up by the horses and we finally turned back. (See pictures)

Beautiful hike! Pretty steep but plenty of flats for breaks. Mostly wooded and beautiful views of the lake at the top! One of my favorites in the area! The trail was completely clear of snow and the trailhead is right off the highway! Would highly recommend for most any hikers!

The trail was a really easy gradual gain. Lots of rocks so a little more attention needed to watch your footing. Large amount of foot traffic on the main trail but a side trip up the ridge trail from the lake gave way to basically no traffic and amazing views.

Great hike. All up hill for 3 miles. We really enjoyed the exercise and nature. It really is beautiful and all the people that we encountered along the way were friendly...

Great workout. Pretty rocky though...be careful! Tons of dogs (and poop) on the trail

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