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
21 days 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

hiking
2 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.

hiking
7 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.

hiking
7 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.

hiking
7 months ago

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

8 months ago

Very steep, but well worth it.

hiking
8 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!

Amazing views. great hike.

hiking
9 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. ;)

Tight, muddy trail in portions where bushes are over growing the trail. Not overly trafficked on a Tuesday morning. Nice pay off at the end when you reach the falls! When you get about 1.6 miles in, you'll see a bridge. Ignore it and go straight, up the hill and you'll see a clearing with a cabin soon. Then, you'll be about .2 away from the falls.

hiking
9 months ago

This review is a year late! This is a must do hike if you are ever in paradise valley. We did this up to the lake but snow and time kept us off the surrounding summits. I am from the east and we have high mountain lakes too but not at this scale. Truly an amazing place to behold after a nice workout to get there. Later in our trip we also hiked Emigrant Peak, no lake at the top but a feeling of being on top of the world worked for us :). Can't wait to get back to Montana some day.

hiking
9 months ago

Crazy 4 wheel drive to get up to the trail, fun! Beautiful trail, flowers... well worth the hike

Should be called Berry Trail! Thimbleberries, raspberries and choke cherries. Not a good hike to do on a hot day, no cover. Burned out area. You can hear the wind howling through the dead trees. Beautiful falls, we hiked the top trail. The trail that went to the bottom was slippery sand. Worthwhile trail.

Tried this trail in May, and still too much snow to reach the lake. The first 6-miles was great! Can't wait to get back and go all the way!!!

hiking
9 months ago

Pretty challenging hike. I'm surprised it's rated as "moderate." The lake as a goal for the ascent is appropriate as it's beautiful.

One of my favorite in the State for scenery and for a challenge.

I'm confused by your rating of "Easy" and your stated elevation gain of only 900 feet. I have lived in Livingston for 30 years and so this peak and trail are well known to me. Me and my family climbed it just yesterday. The trail is about 4 miles each way as you say. But the elevation gain is more than 3000 feet. The last .7 miles from the saddle to the peak gains 1000 feet which is fairly steep by trail standards and is not "easy". Are we talking about the same hike? Gorgeous views from the peak and the wild flowers alone are worth the effort.

hiking
9 months ago

Worth every step.

trail running
10 months ago

Really nice trail but super remote. I was pretty nervous the whole time being a solo female with two pups. I forgot my bear spray (for the first time ever) and of course saw a bear right at the end near the parking lot. Take bear spray and a friend. Beautiful trail though!!

hiking
10 months ago

This hike was very challenging but extremely rewarding. Went with a group of 4 with various levels of hiking experience but all pretty fit and it took us about 4.5 hours to reach the upper lake. (We were not used to the altitude so it took awhile). The hike up is very steep, lots of switch backs but doable with some short breaks to take in the scenery. The lake at the top is truly breathtaking. Bring a fly rod up for some fishing in the little streams off of the main lake. A difficult hike with the elevation climb to say the least but absolutely worth it.

This is one of my favorite hikes to date. Very steep hike, what a work out! But wow, the lake is amazing at the top. Don't stop at the first small lake, go on up above it. We almost turned around. The views up there are absolutely amazing!!

hiking
10 months ago

This is an absolutely beautiful trail, but not for the faint of heart. I would rate it as hard, as it is 5.5 miles straight up, then 5.5 miles straight down. Even inch of it is worth it, though, especially once you've reached the top for a relaxing lunch by the serene lake. The first 3 miles or so have decent tree coverage. There is also one precarious creek crossing, made easier by crawling across a tree on all fours, having hiking poles to steady you on the trees, or by having waterproof shoes to forage across. This was a great hike, just be ready to be sore!

beautiful hike with amazing views at the top!

hiking
10 months ago

Absolutely stunning hike almost the entire way through. On 6/26 there was minimal snow, but the final lake itself was still about 75% covered in ice - open enough for fishing, though. The hike isn't difficult in the sense that their are any challenging features, but you are climbing about 4000 ft in 5 miles so it is a workout.

hiking
10 months ago

A beautiful hike! We did run into strong winds and rain on the return. Trees started falling along the trail. We were thankful that Nancy from the forest service came up behind us and directed us to an open meadow. We made it out safely. An adventure for sure!

beautiful flowers this time of year! wish we could've had more time to summit the peak but the views were still amazing at our lower elevation hike :)

backpacking
11 months ago

Beautiful hike but difficult for beginners. Loved camping up there too because I was too tired to walk back down 

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