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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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Sacagawea Peak
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15 Completed 3 Reviews

An absolutely amazing hike. We did this as part of our 10-yr anniversary trip and for a couple of flatlanders it was quite a workout. Nothing like gaining about a 1000' a mile. Once at the top it is well worth it. I can't wait to take my kids back to do this hike once they are older.

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M Trail Bozeman Montana
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

First hike in years and had a ball! Easy way up and hard way down. Hard way down is tough, my college boy fell on his butt lol but he didn't get hurt and we laughed a lot!

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Drinking Horse
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1 Completed 1 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.

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Hyalite Peak
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34 Completed 5 Reviews

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Hyalite to Swan Creek
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34 Completed 5 Reviews

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Palisade Falls
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

A wide black-top trail gradually winds up the wooded shady hillside passed huckleberry patches and under large pines to the open rocky clearing just below Palisade Falls. Our summer day-hike was relatively easy on our chubby middle aged bodies with occasional pauses needed for me (not my husband) to catch my breath. Wheelchairs, walkers and canes could easily be used on this well-kept nature walk path. Lunch at the falls was perfect but shade in the open space below the falls was hard to come by in mid-day of summer. Restrooms at the trail head were open and clean. No water for drinking that we could see. Our mini-adventure was late in the day. Though we weren't alone, we felt it quiet enough to relax fully.

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Grotto Falls
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7 Completed 2 Reviews

Well maintained, even in the winter! The snow was great and even though we didn't have snowshoes, it was a nice hike. Easy but the falls are amazing - especially in the winter time!

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Sypes Canyon
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8 Completed 3 Reviews

This is a great hike. I would have said its an easier trail... With a mild grade to the ridge. But I would say that this time of year the ap is correct to call it moderate, It's December with a lot of snow and ice. Spikes might help you go faster. I completed in about 90 minutes in yaks. Didn't need my poles bit a few others on the trail were using them.

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Palisade Falls
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15 Completed 14 Reviews

This is a great short hike to a beautiful water fall. The drive up the canyon is as nice as the hike. The trail is paved and great for kids.

We didn't have any hiking gear and didn't need it.

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M Trail Bozeman Montana
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Running the easy route is the best way to get some quick cardio into your day. Lots of happy dogs to say hi to!

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