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

6 days ago

Beautiful hike to falls. Mostly flat and easy. A bit tight and tricky at the end near the falls.

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9 days ago

This is an excellent hike! After the initial waterfall, you’ll see a fast-flowing creek cascading down the canyon as well as a few more falls (one of which is even more impressive than Pine Creek Falls). You’ll also get great views of the peaks and the canyon from above. 5 miles in, you’ll reach the massive Pine Creek Lake.

The trail is rocky the whole way and gets steep after the falls. It also gets pretty overgrown at a creek crossing this time of year which can make it difficult to find the correct place to cross.

It is a moderately difficult trail with some particularly steep/rocky spots, but this hike is well worth the workout! If you don’t mind breaking a sweat, you can make it from the trailhead to the lake in 2 hours and make it back out in 1.5.

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10 days ago

Definitely a challenge but great hike overall. Took us about 3.5 hours up and 2 down.

At the first split off, make sure you take the trail on the right, not the trail with the small bridge. Made the mistake of taking the bridge way and had to merge onto private property to find our way back to the trail witch then too us to the falls. Also, don’t be lame and sit by the river... make sure to get close to the waterfall.. mist feels great. Overall the hike is pretty easy

Great hike and great views. Fun spot to backpack

Pretty easy hike with pretty views. The elevation gain is all in the last stretch. Less trafficked than the Bozeman hikes so if you are looking to get away from the crowds, this hike is for you!

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14 days ago

I hiked this trail the first time a few weeks ago and feel in love with it so I came back again. When the wind is strong, be careful of falling trees. On our way back to the trailhead, a tree had fallen across the trail that hadn’t been there on our way in. This is a beautiful hike, the wildflowers are plentiful, and the falls do not disappoint.

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16 days ago

Great Hike with spectacular views. I would recommend to anyone wanting to feel what Montana really offers.

The hike from the trailhead to Pike Creek Lake showed approximately 11.5 miles round trip through my Garmin.

Cheers!

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17 days ago

The falls are beautiful, especially with all the run off right now. Easy trail until the last little bit. Heads up, the first mile or so is super muddy, mucky and wet. This was my first time doing this hike, but probably won’t go back until the trail is dry.

Pine Creek Lake is a world class hike. It doesn't get much better than this! Best of the best!

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22 days ago

Well worth it, but uphill switchbacks the whole way so prepare yourself. There is a river crossing - we brought water shoes for this part and it was a reasonable enough crossing. It gets much steeper after the river, and there are no signs except for the first sign at the beginning (that we saw) but trail is pretty established. We stopped at the first lake thinking that we had arrived -- checked the map when we got home and we were actually a half mile shy from the actual Pine Creek lake, which seems like an even steeper climb. Very, very tough, but gorgeous -- felt like I was in the Tetons, and only a short drive from our home in Livingston.

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24 days ago

Nice hike. Hike early or on a cloudy day. Be aware of the wind on the burned trees. Beautiful flowers and lush vegetation along the trail. Mostly flat until the last quarter mile.

Lots of bears! Ran into 2 on the way up, one on the road and one on the trail. Bring lots of bear spray!

1 month ago

I would recommend doing this trail hike in early morning or on an overcast day because much of it is through a burn area with no shaded areas until close to the falls. A steam alongside the trail for much of the beginning if you have dogs that need a dip or sip. There are lots of trees still standing from the burn and I’m always afraid one may come down on me when they begin to creek in the wind. Numerous recent signs of where trees had come down alongside and across the trail. Nonetheless it is a beautiful hike in its own way. Special seeing the young new trees beginning to make their way. And the falls this time of year were roaring! Spectacular!

One of my favorite hikes—mainly for the destination. Easy hike for the most part—steady incline towards the end, nothing major.

Very easy trail, little to no elevation gain until the last stretch. The trail down to the base of the falls gets fairly steep but doable. The rainy spring made the falls absolutely crazy this time around

Beautiful trail. The most difficult thing is the road getting there. I beat up my Subaru and would only recommend going if you have an suv or truck. The trail was incredible saw no signs of bears just some deer and 2 other hikers. Didn’t make it to the summit but will try again later.

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1 month ago

I've attempted this hike twice, once in mid-April and also in mid-May. April is not recommended without snowshoes or skis as the snow passages are brutal. Once crossing the falls, the verticals and angle are for advanced climbers only. Descending is rough! May is doable, but getting to the lake is also impossible without snowshoes! One can get above the lake on the West side for the view of the falls and lake, but loose snowpack (especially this winter) makes approaching it too treacherous. Awesome hike! It took me 2.5 hours up and the same down although I was moving pretty quick.

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2 months ago

This was one of my favorite hikes before the fire. It was lush with meadows and mountains with a lot of cover and not to steep for older kids (except at the end near the falls), but after the fire, it is much more exposed. Still a beautiful hike but I would do it in the spring, fall or an overcast day and probably without the younger kids.

BEAUTIFUL

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4 months ago

Burnt out forest trail with no shade until close to Passage Falls. The wind whistles over the pass and its distant sound is a bit otherworldly, was neat! My 7 year old son was able to hike this with me and tolerated it well, with just one rest on the way in for nourishment and to cool down (August 2016). Only one spot on the descent to the falls where I was concerned about my son being able to navigate the path, but he was fine with a hand to keep him balanced. The waterfall at the end was really very nice, a good day hike. Suggest taking a small picnic to pack in and out. There were quite a few people trekking in on this particular Friday. Maybe try midweek and early morning to maximize your experience.

Best hike I've done to date. Not an easy one but worth it once you get to the top and your the only one up there. Above average hiking boots recommended. When the sun goes down, it's gets pretty cold up there!

It is not an easy WALK to the top. It was 3 1/2 miles to the peak and it is elevated at the last half mile. FYI there were fresh bear tracks the entire way up and do not recommend anyone to go up there unless having a firearm. The trail is not clear at all but is nice and quiet, total nature and underrated trail.

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9 months ago

Nice snowy hike. Enjoy the solitude after the falls. The temperature swing over the last ridge during a snow storm can be quite drastic.

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9 months ago

This is an easy walk with beautiful views. The road in is a bit of a rough drive and one lane at some points. Nice photo ops all the way.

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9 months ago

Favorite hike in Montana. The lake is a true treasure at the end. Felt like Scotland.

10 months ago

Very steep, but well worth it.

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10 months ago

Definitely one of the best hikes I've done, with some incredible views throughout - with the very best being the lake! I would love to do this again as a backpacking trip, it would be awesome to have stayed at the lake longer than we did!

10 months ago

Amazing views. great hike.

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11 months ago

It was a BEAUTIFUL hike!! But I will admit, my husband and I only went two-thirds of the way before turning back. I'm 6 months pregnant and this was his first mountain hike (the elevation in our hometown is only about 1100ft) and he was carrying all of our water and food for the day. It was pretty grueling with all the switchbacks and whatnot, but I think we could've made it if we really wanted to, even with me being 6 months pregnant and somewhat out of shape; we just would've felt pretty crappy by the end. So if you're not pregnant I'd say your chances are pretty solid! Just be ready for a serious calf workout. ;)

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