Drinking Horse

#4 of 277 trails in Gallatin National Forest

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Drinking Horse is a 2.1 mile loop trail located near Bozeman, Montana that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

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Andrea Calkins (122)

6 Completed1 Reviews

Jerimiah Reece (76)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Drinking Horse is a great short hike close to town. Easy to get to but can be busy. Runners and dog lovers alike populate this hike. There are two trails to the top (Steep and "easy"). Both are a fairly good ascent. Fantastic views of the Gallatin Valley once you reach the top. If you want a short hike without leaving town I'd recommend this one to anyone.

You might also consider the "M Trail" right across the road for something a bit longer and with views from a higher elevation.

Bryant Harley (87)

2 Completed2 Reviews

2nd Hike out of the bag for 2 people who are just getting started on the 'trail' to better fitness. We got started a bit late (running out of daylight) so we made up the loop around the south side of the hill about 2/3rds of the way. It wasn't real busy, although you need to pay attention because there are a few crazy people out there who actually RUN up and down these trails :)..j/k.... Can't wait to go back and hit it for the full loop. Loved the views! What's NOT to love?

Beth Eggers (102)

2 Completed1 Reviews

Easy little hike. Great views of Bozeman.

Matt Hopkins (273)

7 Completed1 Reviews

Amazing views fun little morning or evening hike!

Tracy Livengood (183)

2 Completed2 Reviews

Beautiful, but manicured and busy, this trail is very short and best for a quick after work hike.

Anna Simpson (293)

7 Completed7 Reviews

This is actually my favorite trail of the ones I have tried in Bozeman so far. It was a bit challenging for me (being seriously out of shape) but not so much so that I killed myself doing it. There was shade along much of the trail, with open areas and great scenery. There were park benches all along the way for anyone who needed a break. There were quite a few birds, wildflowers, and insects. There were probably a dozen other hikers using the trail, so it was popular but not crowded (on a Wednesday morning, around 9:45-11).

Daniel Pollard (140)

3 Completed2 Reviews

Super scenic in late-May. Be ready for lots of people though. So close to Bozeman. Nice views of the nearby mountains.

Travis Walter (231)

9 Completed5 Reviews

Drinking Horse is a nice trail. Across from the "M", expect to bump into hikers on this one. I went on a rainy day and the parking lot was nearly full. The trail has great views, and is a fun loop. At 2 miles, hikers at all skill levels can really push themselves.

Jacob Henan (568)

23 Completed13 Reviews

This is a really great "out and back" loop trail super close to Bozeman. Great for a quick workout before school or work. I prefer the mornings as most of the trail is on the southwest side of the hill. The sun really heats this one up quickly!