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.

hiking
18 days ago

great views at first falls and as you hit switchbacks above 7000 feet. At the top, first small lakes are beautiful. Pine Creek Lake is behind last saddle. it is larger and shoreline is large boulders and rock. nice spot for lunch before descent.

hiking
20 days ago

once you get past pine Creek falls it's switchbacks and uphill hiking the rest of the way. It was definitely a workout and I had to take multiple breaks along the way.

on Pine Creek Lake

hiking
28 days ago

It was a full day hike up and back. We enjoyed all the different incredible vistas on the way up and on the way back down. Hiking poles were key. Several waterfall views. Smoke in the valley hindered the long distance view, but the lake was spectacular, and worth the trip up.

hiking
1 month ago

The description of the mileage is total in/out distance. The hike in is only about 2.6 miles to the falls and then the same distance back out. There are also no signs directing you to the correct trail so here are a couple tips. Starting at the TH, you will cross a bridge, two bridges later (3 total bridges), stay right on the trail and the falls are about .5-.7 miles up ahead. The hike down to the falls is a bunch of very poorly maintained switchbacks with cliffs if you lose footing so leave your pack up at the top before descending.

backpacking
1 month ago

My favorite place in the world- spent two nights and for the first (and probably only) time, had the lake to ourselves for a whole night. The bugs were minimal which is saying a LOT this year, but I’d still recommend bug spray.

We did this hike yesterday. It’s very remote, but a gorgeous hike! We didn’t make it to the peak but hopefully next time. We DID see a grizzly bear when we were almost back to the car about 50-75 yards from us so be sure you have your bear spray.

backpacking
1 month ago

Great hike for dogs sine there is water the whole way. It is definitely steep but worth the climb as the lake is beautiful. Crowded on the weekends and a lot of dogs on the trail, some not so friendly. High recommend though!

An amazing hike up to a mountain lake with beautiful views of Paradise Valley as you hike. Took just under 5 hours with my Garmin recording a total hike of 9.38 miles.

on Passage Falls

hiking
2 months ago

This is a pretty easy hike until right at the end. There are a few switchbacks that are quite steep at the end to get to the falls. Once you’re there, it’s so beautiful and you are going to love it. It wasn’t too busy either. You walk along a stream most of the way too :) Be sure to wear sunscreen because there’s not much shade along he way.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a very easy hike UNTIL you get to the Falls. That part is very steep to descend into the Falls part. There will be 2 bridges. The first is easy to know. It’s close to the beginning of the hike up. Stay on the path. The second bridge is deeper in the trail. The trail spilts. DO NOT take the left. Stay to the right. The trail to the left takes you alone the Pine River but passes the Falls.

hiking
2 months ago

Hard Hike up but amazing when you get up there like you are in a different world. The hike back down is the worse though. Best hike ever!

It’s a hard hike up to the top but it is very much worth the effort.

hiking
2 months ago

The best hardest hike I’ve ever done but so worth it! We went up and back the same day. It’s a well traveled trail so I wasn’t as concerned about the bear presence. Take your walking poles!

hiking
2 months ago

Passage Falls is a great mostly level hike with lots of wild flowers. The trail is through the burn area but it’s interesting to see how the forest is regenerating itself. The falls are beautiful and it’s worth it to walk around to the top of them also. Just respect the private property that’s nearby.

2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months 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!

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months 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!

hiking
2 months 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!

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months 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!

3 months 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

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