Drinking Horse

#6 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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2 Completed 2 Reviews

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

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7 Completed 7 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).

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3 Completed 2 Reviews

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

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9 Completed 5 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.

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22 Completed 12 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!

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5 Completed 3 Reviews

This is a lovely trail with lots of nice places to stop and catch the view and sit on a bench. At the top there are beautiful views and some picnic tables to spend some time up there. Would be a nice place for lunch. I give it only 3 stars because Sypes Canyon is so close by but at Sypes you have a much greater sense of being in the wilderness. At Drinking Horse I could hear traffic from below for most of the hike. However, it's still well worth the effort as it's a beautiful hike and the proximity to Bozeman, dog-friendliness, and relatively short duration up and back down, make it an excellent option to get out for a quick hike but sill get a good workout.

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4 Completed 3 Reviews

Great hike right outside of Bozeman across from the M. Lots if benches along the way to rest at, and the views are pretty incredible the whole way up. Even though it's pretty short, the elevation gain makes this still feel worthwhile for a quick hike. Less busy than the M and there's actually some decent shade going up and at the top.

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3 Completed 2 Reviews

Great little hike. Full of people and dogs. The bridge in the beginning is pretty cool.

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Across from the "M" hiking area, this new trail is short but climbs steeply to a prominent point with views of Bridger Canyon and all of Bozeman to the south. The trail was recently built by the Gallatin Valley Land Trust. The trail starts off from a large parking lot on the east side of the highway (also parking for the Montana Outdoor Science School--MOSS). The trail starts off level, drops to Bozeman Creek and then shortly, the trail goes over a fancy bridge and then heads up hill. If you go right, the trail is not as steep and is labeled "easier." Go left at the sign and it is labeled "harder" and is steeper. It is only 1.3 miles to the top and a counter-clockwise loop makes for a nice hike of 90 minutes or so depending on how often you stop to take photos. At the top is a crude fort built out of sticks for kids. Picnic table also at the top. There are several cut-across paths if you don't want to do the whole loop. Return to your car in the parking lot.

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