Explore the most popular river 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.

Really amazing trail! I hiked it solo on 9/16/18. I was afraid of bears but did have spray. Just like everyone has posted, it is a moderately rocky trail so watch your step, almost no flat portions but no exposed slabs or anything like like, worth the hike!!!! Note, the rocks were a bit slippery because it had rained the night before. Make sure to wear hiking shoes. The trail took me under 2 hours to summit and a bit over an hour to descend. I am from CT and am used to hiking steep trails in the White Mountains but I am not used to the elevation. Bring water, a snack, and take your time.

The lake is freezing but I recommend jumping in anyway.

hiking
5 days ago

Stunning views for the duration of this trail.

Busy trail. Best to head up early and on the weekday. Bring your fly rod, water and bear spray. Worth the rocky hike.

Loved this hike. I’m a beginner hiker so this was a bit difficult but it was beautiful and worth it. There are not very many flat spots so it continuously goes uphill but the lake at the top is breath taking!

Great hike, my son even made it and he’s only 5. Beautiful spot.

hiking
18 days ago

This a beautiful canyon trail with a moderate climb on switchbacks until reaching to the Lee Metcalf Wilderness. I particularly enjoyed the views of Storm Castle from the west side of Gallatin Canyon. At first, I was confused why this trail said the "end" point was at 2.5 miles but it's because that's where the wilderness boundary technically starts. For the 5 miles out and back, you descend down into Hell Roaring canyon and eventually to the drainage. The lakes are much farther ahead on the trail. I'm not sure how many miles but I imagine it is too long for a day hike. This trail is probably popular for horseback riders as there is a shit ton of horse manure on the trail.

hiking
19 days ago

Did this hike on the 4th of July, very rewarding! Narrow so if taking young kids I would plan to pack them

hiking
19 days ago

This is a very good hike. We had just gotten off the plane when we hiked it so it seemed harder than it really is. I loved how there were lookout points along the way that you could stop at and just take in the view. The changes in terrain were also very cool. Of course the finale at the top was amazing. The view and the rock formations up there are definitely worth sticking it out.

hiking
20 days ago

Such a stunning view at the top! It’s absolutely worth the trip up!

A little rocky but is is worth the view

Its truly 5 miles even.... great views, great hike.....

This was a nice slow hike through the woods. I got to the parking lot at around 830 am on a Friday thinking it would be crowded, but I was one of a couple of vehicles there. The trail is rocky but very doable. I had no problems with the trail or the hike. I seemed to be the only person on the trail at that time of day. it wasn't until I was getting close to the lake that younger hikers started passing me. It is a beautiful lake with wonderful views. On the return hike to the parking lot, the crowds were just heading up.

Rocky trail with some interesting creek crossing structures that work well until the it goes down a bit. Lots of friendly people and dogs out and about. Great destination for a quick break before you head back down.
And if you enjoy wild strawberries those should be ripe in the next few weeks!

trail running
1 month ago

Really disappointed by this trail only because of our anticipation of a lake as shown in the pictures. There was no sign of an “end point” to the trail so my husband and I hiked about 5 miles before turning around.

Although the trail is filled with horse droppings, the creek is beautiful and worth doing if you’re looking for a shorter hike with slower, easier incline. Could be great for trail running if that’s your thing too.

A well populated trail. Despite the number of people who fill up the trail, the lake itself is huge, and there is opportunity to spread out a bit once you reach the lake. Nice spots to picnic or take a dip in the lake.

Nice steady climb up following switchbacks. Somewhat rocky making for loose footing at times. Views and several lookout areas on way up. At top, a neat natural rocky arch. Had lunch with quite aggressive chipmunks. No fear. Hikers in front of us encountered a deer. At bottom visit stream across from parking area to cool off.

hiking
1 month ago

Great workout hike with steady uphill throughout. Saw this trail mentioned as a great kids hike in a local magazine but after hiking it, I would hesitate to bring children here. It is challenging enough you might end up carrying them but more because of the steep drop offs and narrow trails throughout. Keep a close eye on kids if you do bring them. Amazing views at the top.

Magic trail, definitely moderate and perfect start to hiking in Bozeman.

Nice moderate hike to chilly lake. Two 60+ hikers and we made it up and back in just over 2 hours hike time. Would recommend. Just over 5 miles out and back.

Very nice hike through the forest up to the lake. The path is pretty rocky so be prepared with some hiking shoes. Would recommend getting to the trail head before 8am. Not too many views on the way up, but the lake and the peaks at the top are worth it!

Absolutely gorgeous! Will do it again soon.

hiking
1 month ago

Not a bad trail. Not to challenging. We had a six year old with us and she made it fine.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views the whole way up and down, trail is very well kept. Definitely a climb but the view is worth it

Nice views from the top and a good workout, though overall I was a little less impressed with the trail as a whole. While th views up top are nice, I do feel that I've been on better trails in the area.

We did this after another relatively strenuous hike, so it took a bit longer than expected. The scenery on the way up (and down) isn’t anything remarkable, but the view at the top is totally worth it. This ended up being my favorite hike that we did in Big Sky!

hiking
1 month ago

What a great hike. You have a view form every angle on the way up to the top!! It’s well worth the climb. Even if it is 90 degrees!

Hiked up with my son and wife today. Found it to be a challenge for our group, and could tell that others were having a tough time on the final 1/4 of the trail at the top. Rocky and steep at parts, and fairly populated. The lake at the top makes it all worth it. This was our favorite trail for our week in Big Sky.

Steady climbing to a wonderful overlook. Explore all the other vantages.

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