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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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Grotto Falls
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9 Completed 4 Reviews

Nice easy hike, great to get out of the heat.

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Sourdough Creek Nature Trail
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5 Completed 6 Reviews

I love this trail. It's more of a walking trail than a hiking trail. We love to bike on this trail or walk with our dog. It's shady and beautiful, with a creek alongside the trail. The trail is surrounded by an open garden and in the back of a lot of houses, so you don't get a lot of privacy, and it's often crowded. It's in town, so the convenience factor is nice. I like to take visitors here, as it's good for all ages and really peaceful. Sourdough has a lot of history in Bozeman, so that is cool too.

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Grotto Falls
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5 Completed 6 Reviews

Nice easy hike, great waterfall and beautiful. Great for dogs. Takes about 30 mins total from Bozeman to get there.

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Palisade Falls
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5 Completed 6 Reviews

One of my favorite trails to take visitors. Great for kids, easy, pretty, fresh mountain air and dog friends. Not for those that want a challenge but a nice view of a beautiful waterfall, and fun for all ages.

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M Trail Bozeman Montana
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5 Completed 6 Reviews

Hiked the hard way up and easy way down on a hot day (90 degrees). It was tough going up, but beautiful view and easy way down, with lots of shade from the trees. Great views with benches. My dog liked it too.

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Drinking Horse
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5 Completed 3 Reviews

Nice trail close to town. Didn't enjoy dodging all the dogs off leash but it is Bozeman.

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Hardscrabble Peak
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24 Completed 9 Reviews

little more difficult to summit than sac… i think we made it to just below the summit/ and it turned into fairly steep skree so i was sliding around a lot. figured i went high enough! gorgeous views just like sacagawea and WAY less people :)

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Sypes Canyon
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

If you mentally block out all the "No Parking" & "Private Property - No Trespassing" signs, and get past the dog poop smells for the first quarter mile, the rest of the hike is great. The views at the top were great. I found the initial ascent to be tougher than I anticipated, but once you get past the rock cliffs, it levels out. The views are pretty enough to forget the unwelcoming signs & smells. There were raspberries growing next to the trails, which was a pleasant surprise. As far as the dog poop goes...it seems that the problem is when people have their dogs off leash & the dog either runs ahead of, or lags behind their owner, the owner doesn't even realize their dog left a surprise for the next person to pass by. I don't think they are intentionally not picking up...just blissfully unaware that they've created a nuisance. Once it happens enough times....well, there are dog poops on the trail & the rest of us get to smell them/avoid stepping in them on a nice summer day, trying to enjoy the trails.

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Sypes Canyon
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Starts of pretty easy, and then climbs pretty well for a few miles. Nice view a couple miles in, and connects to the ridge trail 8 miles in. Saw a black bear about 30 feet from the trail at about half a mile in.

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New World Gulch Trail
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24 Completed 9 Reviews

manageable hike, can be steep at times, but often levels out. went all the way to the lake (approx 5-6 miles, depending on which trail you take to get to the lake) and went back the same way. plenty of water along trail for dogs. saw rising trout, but didn't bring fly rod-- curious otters would have prevented successful fishing today anyway, one followed us around the entire lake :) at steady pace with a long lunch break took approx 6.5 hours

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