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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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Triple Tree Trail
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22 Completed 12 Reviews

This is a great out and back w/ loop at the end. The views of Gallatin valley are quite spectacular. Don't let the first part of the trail turn you off (lots of McMansions in Triple Tree community), once you are in the trees, you'll forget how close you are to town. The trail will be undergoing maintenance soonish (summer 2014 I think) to make part of the loop not quite so steep. Enjoy the workout!

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New World Gulch Trail
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22 Completed 12 Reviews

Did this trail in the summer. I would rate it a moderate hike. The distance is manageable, but there are some parts of this trail that can be rather rigorous. Keep an eye out for wildlife. Passed within 100 yds of a calf moose (he was on the other side of the creek and never saw us, thankfully). Mystic Lake and Mystic Lake Forest Service cabin are at the end of this out and back trail. Return via the same trail. Remember your fly rod, Mystic Lake and feeder creeks are teeming w/ Cutthroat and Rainbows (and of course Cut-Bow hybrids).

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Sacajawea Peak
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22 Completed 12 Reviews

The hike up to Sacajawea Peak is definitely an all day event! Located on the East face of the Bridger Range, this hike will take you to to the highest peak in the range, ~9,900 ft. From the trailhead, immediately adjacent to the Fairy Lake Campground, this hike starts in the trees then quickly starts a series of switchbacks up to a saddle between Sacajawea peak and Hardscrabble Peak. From here turn South (left) towards Sacajawea. This is an exposed West face so bring sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses (hopefully it's a sunny day)! More switchbacks loom up ahead. Watch your step on the gravel slope on the way up. From Sacajawea Peak, you can see all of the Bridger Range, the Crazy Mountains to the East and countless other summits to the South and West. On clear days, some people have said you can see to the Butte Highlands! Bring extra water and your camera. Your return trip should follow the same path to the car.

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Blodgett Canyon to the waterfall
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

This is one of my favorite hikes to do in the area! I hiked it with my dog in early April, so there was quite a bit of snow on parts of the trail, which made the going very slow. The canyon is gorgeous, and the trail is well maintained, although rocky in some parts. Not much elevation gain, so it should be pretty easy when you're not trekking through 3 feet of snow. My husband also did some fishing in the creek.

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Ousel Falls Park Trail
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

Easy hike that gives you great views of a spur of the Gallatin River, and great views of the falls. Shaded throughout, and manageable in the winter. Great after-work evening hike!

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Triple Tree Trail
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10 Completed 3 Reviews

A nice hike that can be done during the summer or winter. Great views once at the top. I have 2 Aussies and the stream that follows the trail for part of the time is a nice cool off spot for them.

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Bear Trap Canyon Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

There was a devastating fire in this area about 2 years ago and the first part of the hike is thru this. Search Bear Trap Canyon Fire if you wish. Don't be too concerned as the hike is still very scenic. The first 3rd is really easy but the last two thirds are moderate to strenuous. The trail undulates from river level to quite higher up and then back down again and repeats this almost endlessly and for this reason the trail is difficult. I think the true vertical gain and loss is more like 2000 feet instead of the 500 that is the change from start to finish. Many guides show this as a 7 mile one way hike but I think it's closer to 8 or 9. We went on April 2, 2014 with about an inch of new on dirt. The trail was a bit slippery in spots and with the sheer drop offs to the river was an "interesting" hike. By noon the snow abated and most of it melted so it was more or less a standard hike. The canyon walls are near vertical in many spots that my neck is sore one day later from looking up so much. LOL. The trail ends abruptly at the power station property and is fenced off with no trespassing signs so you will know when you are at the end. We did sneak around the corner to see what we could see but there wasn't any power station in view so we returned back to our side and became law abiding citizens again. We were really hungry for lunch anyway. We didn't see anyone all day until about 2 miles from the parking lot. Overall a nice hike.

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Hyalite Creek Trail to Hyalite Lake
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47 Completed 29 Reviews

Beautiful trail but best views from Hyalite Peak including views of the peaks of Yellowstone. 20+ mile RT.

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Blackmore Trail to Blackmore Lake
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47 Completed 29 Reviews

Easy hike to lake. Recommend trying the Summit

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Jackson Glacier Trail
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47 Completed 29 Reviews

Great hike a little spur from Gunsight lake and a great walk. Encountered a subadult bear so do be careful. Beautiful views very strenuous.

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