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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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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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7 Completed 7 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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Bear Canyon Trail
by Francis Noel

1 Completed 1 Reviews

This trail is an easy trip and close to Bozeman. Plan for many hours to complete the trip at a moderate pace. I live at the trailhead and have hiked it for 44 years!

Fran Noel

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Palisade Falls
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37 Completed 15 Reviews

This is a lovely, but short stretch. The path is paved and suitable for all ages as well as being wheelchair accessible The fall colours were super.

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M Trail Bozeman Montana
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4 Completed 3 Reviews

Great views all the way up! Lots of people on this one, but everyone was super friendly. Wonderful for taking the dogs -- although be warned, seemingly no one else had their dogs on leashes.

As someone else said, this was a challenging hike for me (pretty out of shape) but totally do-able. I stopped a few times to take a break, and the views at the M were totally worth it!!

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Hyalite Creek Trail to Hyalite Lake
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

Spectacular sccenery! Did this one in late August during rainfall. After a few days of rain it was rather muddy, but that made it even more enjoyable. The changing terrain as you go through the trail, stream crossings, and different views of Hyalite makes it more exciting. Seems to be used quite a bit--everyone I crossed paths with were very friendly.

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Drinking Horse
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

2nd Hike out of the bag for 2 people who are just getting started on the 'trail' to better fitness. We got started a bit late (running out of daylight) so we made up the loop around the south side of the hill about 2/3rds of the way. It wasn't real busy, although you need to pay attention because there are a few crazy people out there who actually RUN up and down these trails :)..j/k.... Can't wait to go back and hit it for the full loop. Loved the views! What's NOT to love?

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M Trail Bozeman Montana
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

My wife and I are novice AND not in the best shape (latter 40's). We just began hiking at the beginning of August '14. We had two hikes under our belts prior to taking on "The M". During the hike up, we had seriously thought we had bitten off more than we could chew. But we gutted it out and made it the whole way up. Not gonna lie, we took some breaks - we made it and felt really good about what we achieved. If you are like us and contemplating this hike, just understand one thing. No one is going to judge you for taking breaks along the way, besides the different views/perspectives along the way are definitely beautiful. The calorie burn was also WELL worth it, which is our goal - to remove the first sentence of this review! Good luck, be safe and have fun! This is a great trail!

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Drinking Horse
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Easy little hike. Great views of Bozeman.

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