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Lava Lake (Cascade Creek)

Gallatin Gateway, MT

The Lava Lake (Cascade Creek) trail is a 6 mile, moderately rated, out and back trail that climbs 1600 ft to a beautiful lake setting that is surrounded by the Spanish Peaks. Located 30 min south of Bozeman, MT, the trail is primarily used for hiking and is easily accessible from May until Oct.

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Norm Schoenthal Island Outer Loop
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5 Completed 0 Reviews

Norm's is my daily mind-clearing walk with my dog. It's very dog friendly, so expect to see unleashed dogs on the trail.

The mosquitos can get bad in summer, so bring bug spray. Also, be careful with your pups when the water is high or there are ice shelves in winter as it can be dangerous.

There are plenty of birds to observe, from pelicans to eagles to heron to owls and everything in between. I've also seen deer and fox on occasion.

The island floods at certain times of the year, so it can be muddy. If the water is high when you get just past the bridge, you will be crossing water at some point.

Also, if you bring your pup, please, please pick up after him/her. Too many people "forget" or "don't see" their dog go and we need to all do our part to keep Norm's clean.

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Phipps Park Trail
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

What a beautiful area for a hike! That first hill is a killer but the gorgeous views make up for it.

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Table Mountain from Lava Lake trail head
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16 Completed 1 Reviews

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South Fork Ross Creek Trail
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

Nice Day Hike...Up and back can be done in about 5 hours. It's about 6.5 miles RT from the parking lot. About 2 miles from the South Fork Trail head. There is a pretty steep section about 2/3 of the trail in but the first part of the trail is easy. 2 water crossings: one over a huge tree about 10 ft over the water--added a nice touch of adventure. Moderate rating for the hike overall as it's not an easy stroll --although it's a pretty mellow hike for the first half, the steep portion about 2/3 of the way in was not short! This trail follows Ross Creek the entire way. The trail begins about 2 miles along the Nature Trail through the Scenic Area. Begin this hike by fording Ross Creek. Trail 321 is overgrown and somewhat difficult to find, but once located, the trail is easy to follow to a waterfall and potential campsite. The side slope is eroded in a few places and should be hiked with caution.

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Hellroaring Plateau
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Beautiful blooming sage

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Hidden Lake Overlook Trail
by Allison Lamont

11 Completed 1 Reviews

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Great Divide Ski Area
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

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Hogback Mountain
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

Not bad, long dry hike stay hydrated, the view isn't bad either!

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Mount Helena National Recreation Trail
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

My Good Morning!! I Run Powerline!

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Crow Creek Falls
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

Amazing Hike! Long route into the trail head but well worth the ending!

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