Bozeman

Join the largest community of outdoor enthusiasts.

Get Started

Upgrade to Pro

Unlimited access to National Geographic TOPO! & Trails Illustrated Maps

Learn More »

Best Trails

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.

  • Best Hiking

  • Best Mountain Biking

  • Best Trail Running

Recent Reviews

Picture?width=50&height=50

Chestnut Mountain to Frog Rock
by

38 Completed 1 Reviews

You lose the highway noise quickly. The wild glowers and views are incredible. You 'll see the Bridgers and Abarokas on this hike. The elevation gain is greater than it says here. Steep. But doable. Go to the next switchback and then the next. It 's worth it .

Picture?width=50&height=50

Drinking Horse
by

7 Completed 1 Reviews

Amazing views fun little morning or evening hike!

Person_placeholder

Blackmore Trail to Blackmore Lake
by

13 Completed 1 Reviews

Easy to the lake, the summit would add much more of a challenge. I hiked this in July and the bugs were terrible! Bring bug spray. The signage is a bit confusing and the trail is not well-defined from the start. There is tall grass/ plants in the middle of the trail for about .5 miles.

Picture?width=50&height=50

Sacagawea Peak
by

1 Completed 1 Reviews

Great trail, very steep in some places, but worth it for the amazing views up top! We even saw a view mountain goats. A lot of traffic on the trail, but we went on a holiday weekend..so to be expected. Careful the road to the trailhead is very rocky and worn, you'll want a car that can handle it!

Picture?width=50&height=50

Drinking Horse
by

2 Completed 2 Reviews

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

Icon_7a2df4d2ff4a353c3d70a1ad97199452

Palisade Falls
by

7 Completed 7 Reviews

Short, paved, easy trail with a gorgeous fall at the end. Trust me, if I can do this trail without breaking a sweat, ANYONE can do this trail. Obviously a popular trail. Great photo opportunities at the falls. If you are already up by Palisade falls, you should go to Grotto falls as well.

Icon_7a2df4d2ff4a353c3d70a1ad97199452

Sypes Canyon
by

7 Completed 7 Reviews

Gorgeous trail, tons of wildflowers. Most of the trail is shaded, which is nice. A lot of people on here have said how empty it was, but when I went on Wednesday morning there were over a dozen other people on the trail. For someone super out of shape like me, this trail will almost destroy you. That being said, I made it up and back. A lot of elevation gain (my ears kept popping). Wear appropriate shoes... you will be going through water and over a lot of rocks.

Icon_7a2df4d2ff4a353c3d70a1ad97199452

Kirk Hill (Loop 2)
by

7 Completed 7 Reviews

I think part of my issue with this trail may be that I went when I had a really bad cold... nonetheless. It was not a bad trail, although a bit steep for me (being out of shape). There was a neat wooded path at the beginning, then the trail winds up a heavily wooded area. There are three loops you can take, depending on how far you feel like going. There were quite a few wildflowers out when I went. The trail felt somewhat 'urban' to me. Worth checking out, but personally not my favorite.

Icon_7a2df4d2ff4a353c3d70a1ad97199452

Grotto Falls
by

7 Completed 7 Reviews

My favorite trail in Bozeman so far. The scenery is breathtaking! Definitely an easy hike, with a wide path and slow elevation gain. When I went, there were some downed trees blocking the path, as well as patches of melting snow and ice, so it's not super wheelchair friendly at the moment. There is a pit toilet at the trailhead, which is always nice. There are picnic tables and benches near the top. The falls are gorgeous. The drive to the trailhead is on a narrow, dirt road, so some caution is needed.

Icon_7a2df4d2ff4a353c3d70a1ad97199452

Drinking Horse
by

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).

Support