Explore the most popular hiking 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.

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

hiking
7 days ago

Easy pleasant hike with lots of forest. Lots of trail runners as well as hikers on weekends. Dog friendly and places along the way for dogs to get some water. Great hike for families with young kids.

8 days 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!

Great for trail running—rocky in some spots. Nice easy hike!

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

hiking
17 days ago

Easy, scenic hike with a stunning payoff! I went on a Monday evening around 6:30pm and didn’t run into too many people on the trail. By the time I got to the falls, I got to enjoy them all to myself. The drive to the trailhead is beautiful and just as much a part of the whole experience. Highly, highly recommend!

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.

hiking
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.

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

A fun and easy hike with kids. A short incline near the falls, but otherwise easy going. A popular hike so it can be a bit crowded during the summer, but well worth it. Once you reach the falls make sure to go just a bit further around the corner to see another waterfall.

BEAUTIFUL

hiking
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.

hiking
8 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
8 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
8 months ago

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

Great trail, beautiful views!

9 months ago

Very steep, but well worth it.

hiking
9 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!

9 months ago

Trail was very easy with a couple moderate inclines. Kid and dog friendly. I went alone around dawn at 7am and only saw one other gentleman on the trail at this time. Got a bit crowded on my way back. Trail extends further to a lake. Great views of surrounding mountains through the trees and waterfall.

hiking
9 months ago

The trail description is very accurate. Our 4 year old hiked the entire trail by herself. The trail was fairly crowded (it's a holiday weekend), but it was still enjoyable. Great views and the waterfall was nice, with a narrow foot bridge to cross the creek below the falls.

Amazing views. great hike.

trail running
9 months ago

Rocky trail to run on, but cool. At dawn alone bear spray makes for a good running buddy.

hiking
10 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. ;)

10 months ago

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
10 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.

Falls flowing well.

hiking
10 months ago

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

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