Looking for a great trail near Gardiner, Montana? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, views trails, wild flowers trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 3 easy trails in Gardiner ranging from 0.9 to 1.2 miles and from 5,626 to 7,273 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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12 days ago

Easy hike with an awesome swim!

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13 days ago

We started the trail near the hot springs, so had to do the incline. best bet might be to start near Juniper st. and go counterclockwise on the trail. great views, peaceful.

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22 days ago

Bring bear spray and be bear aware, we saw a mother bear and cub!! (30 July - late afternoon). A lovely walk through meadows and forest. Not too strenuous.

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24 days ago

Not closed. Difficult to park but it is a special experience to be immersed in a mixture of very hot current (coming from boiling river) and fresh water from gardiner river. Is it worth it. In addition, a momentum came to drink.

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bugs
27 days ago

Nice hike lots of up hill and a pretty steep grade coming down. bugs were a plenty. I didnt see any wildlife but there was fresh evidence of their presence. My tracker was working correctly but tyis seemed longer than 5.5 miles.

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bugs
28 days ago

great trail! beautiful walking through the fields of flowers. saw plenty of elk and deer, and a couple walking the other way said they saw a coyote and a badger. not much shade in parts and loads of bugs by the lake, but the views and flowers make it worth it.

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bugs
over grown
29 days ago

A must see if you are visiting Yellowstone! Can drive through a portion of the park, but as usual need to get out and hit the boardwalks to really see everything.

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off trail
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

Coming down the trail we knew which way to not go. The trail still goes through tall brush and is not distinguishable, but follows a much smoother gradient. I highly recommend following roughly my path rather than the AllTrails map, particularly for the beginning where there is an offshoot trail that works well but misleads you once it ends.

Trail is not defined at all in many areas.

The map takes you through tall brush and woods with no trail. Kept on following the most visible pathways which continually lead to dead ends. Beautiful views but some very steep off trail portions.

very nice hike easy enough but beware: it's 10 km and not 5.5

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1 month ago

Beautiful trail, but not easy! I’d say moderate. We went the way that was mostly uphill with a steep descent at the end.

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1 month ago

Amazing hot springs in a gorgeous setting. Easy, short hike. Got there around 9:00am and had the place almost all to ourselves .

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bugs
over grown
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Many lovely things to say about this hike but in no way does “easy” provide an accurate factual description, and I hike a lot. I would rate it moderate. Not strenuous moderate like Mount Washburn, just plain moderate, and I hike alot. There are multiple extended climbing inclines, not just the initial switchbacks, and there are also many extended relatively flat sections. Absolutely resplendent wildflowers, just beautiful and almost surreal in their glory. We were welcomed to the trail by a herd of elk and their babies...that was awesome. Saw ground squirrels and beautiful black tail deer; saw two coyotes near the end of the trail....Mostly saw LOTS and lots of bugs...I didn’t use facial netting near the short boggy section of the hike, the woods, or the lakes and wished I had; me, my husband, and twin boys stuck w Deep Woods Off instead; and all of us got bit by black flies on our faces, arms and legs. My main problem with this hike, and the reason I subtracted two stars, is that there is a DANGEROUS LACK OF SIGNAGE at the almost exact halfway point where you start back from the last lake to start closing up the loop and heading back to Mammoth. At the last lake, the worn trail path passes along a narrow stream. No sign exists to tell you that you are supposed to turn off the trail and cross a short single plank bridge over to continue the trail, and we never saw it. Instead, we kept walking on what appeared to be the exact same path we had been on. The path began to cross a large ravine, sideways, with basically a tilted rocky path over the deep ravine. We figured it out fairly quickly, thanks in no small part to the very odd placement of a cell tower on this hike that let me see where we were, and that we had inadvertently gone off the trail, but not before it scared me to death; the titled incline trail was very dangerous and looked like the continuation of the trail we were on......ADVICE: when you start to leave the last lake keep LOOKING TO YOUR RIGHT FOR A SINGLE WOODEN FOOTBOARD crossing the stream...then the trail is easy to spot and the whole way back there is no question that you are on the right trail. If you think oh no I’d not miss the bridge....there were 12 other hikers off trail and scared with us at the same time we were, and we directed another four we saw about to go off trail.. Obviously we figured it out courtesy the odd luxury of having cell service throughout this hike, but all that’s needed is a simple sign.. would still recommend as quintessential Yellowstone hike

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bugs
1 month ago

beautiful simple hike with helks and the meeting at 50m of a brown bear with her cub. to do clockwise to see wildlife more quickly.

I arrived in April, lots of snow. But worth the hike.

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1 month ago

The trail & soaking spot is now open!

I really didn't know what the expect from this trail but was pleasantly surprised. It's fairly easy with some slight elevation changes but for the most part flat. It runs along the Gardner River so there are views along the way to the cliffs which is about halfway in. The Cliffs themselves make for a good photo opportunity. As you get near the end there are some rapids that are pretty and fairly long into an open valley that I though was gorgeous. I would recommend this to anyone wanting a short and beautiful hike.

We almost skipped this because we weren’t planning to head so far North in the park - I’m so glad we didn’t. The pictures on AllTrails don’t do it justice! It is another of the boardwalk “trails” in Yellowstone and it’s right off the road, so it was very trafficked. However, the hot springs and thermal features were so, so cool to see in person so definitely with dealing with the crowds. Another plus is that we saw three bears on our way to this part of the park, as opposed to the zero that we saw anywhere else during any part of our trip.

Beautiful trail with abundant wildflowers all along the way. Not sure I would rate this as easy, as the ascent is very steep, even with the switchbacks. Saw lots of birds, even a very large bull snake. The overlook and the abundance of wildflowers made the hike worthwhile.

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over grown
1 month ago

Nice short hike

Hiked this last week with my 9yo. A little steep on the way back up, but we got through it fine. This is a great quiet trail that’s a little off the usual tourist areas but highly recommended. The bridge is a really cool find in the middle of the woods. About a 5 minute walk past the suspension bridge is a badger den about 5 feet off the trail on the right-hand side.

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