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Recommended Routes in Southwestern Montana - 49

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Favorite This will be your first glance at Elk Lake heading southeast on The Beaten Path!
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

The Beaten Path

26.6 mi 42.8 km 3,806' Up 1160.12 m Up 2,066' Down 629.67 m Down

Red Lodge, MT
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Favorite Lava Lake
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Lava Lake Trail

5.7 mi 9.1 km 1,581' Up 481.85 m Up 1,579' Down 481.15 m Down

Big Sky, MT
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Favorite Approaching Saddle Peak from the South.
Difficult Difficult

Bridger Ridge Traverse

18.7 mi 30.1 km 4,060' Up 1237.47 m Up 6,840' Down 2084.7 m Down

Bozeman, MT
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Favorite Standing on the edge of Jewel Lake
Difficult Difficult

Pine Creek Lake

10.4 mi 16.7 km 3,391' Up 1033.58 m Up 3,391' Down 1033.51 m Down

Livingston, MT
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Favorite Descending Hyalite Peak
Intermediate Intermediate

Hyalite Peak

15.0 mi 24.1 km 3,245' Up 989.1 m Up 3,245' Down 988.98 m Down

Bozeman, MT
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Favorite Bozeman as seen from Drinking Horse Mountain.
Intermediate Intermediate

Drinking Horse Mountain

2.3 mi 3.7 km 643' Up 196.07 m Up 643' Down 196.03 m Down

Bozeman, MT
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Favorite On the Sky Rim Trail, looking west toward Dailey Pass.
Difficult Difficult

Sky Rim - West

19.4 mi 31.3 km 4,313' Up 1314.66 m Up 4,313' Down 1314.57 m Down

Gardiner, MT
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Favorite 20 minutes into the Sypes Canyon trail
Intermediate Intermediate

Sypes Canyon Trail

6.4 mi 10.3 km 1,599' Up 487.52 m Up 1,599' Down 487.36 m Down

Bozeman, MT
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Favorite Ousel Falls
Intermediate Intermediate

Ousel Falls

1.6 mi 2.5 km 260' Up 79.21 m Up 260' Down 79.34 m Down

Big Sky, MT
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Southwestern Montana Hiking

  • 3,628 Miles 5,839 Kilometers of Trail
  • 49 Recommended Routes
  • 218 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 375 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 293 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Southwestern Montana - 837

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16.3 mi 26.2 km #1East Rosebud Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Red Lodge, MT
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Red Lodge, MT
3.3 mi 5.3 km #2Beehive Basin Trail #40
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Big Sky, MT
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Big Sky, MT 15 
4.2 mi 6.7 km #3Trapper Peak Trail
Very Difficult Very Difficult
Hamilton, MT
Very Difficult Very Difficult
Hamilton, MT
4.1 mi 6.6 km #4Cottonwood Lake
Intermediate Intermediate
Livingston, MT
Intermediate Intermediate
Livingston, MT
2.9 mi 4.6 km #5Lava Lake Trail #77
Intermediate Intermediate
Big Sky, MT
Intermediate Intermediate
Big Sky, MT
10.7 mi 17.3 km #6Sky Rim Trail
Difficult Difficult
Big Sky, MT
Difficult Difficult
Big Sky, MT
5.7 mi 9.1 km #7East Fork Hyalite Creek Trail #434
Intermediate Intermediate
Bozeman, MT
Intermediate Intermediate
Bozeman, MT
2.5 mi 4.0 km #8Bear Creek Overlook Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Hamilton, MT
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Hamilton, MT
6.6 mi 10.6 km #9Corbly Gulch Trail #544
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Bozeman, MT
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Bozeman, MT
1.4 mi 2.3 km #10Lake Mary Trail #1B
Difficult Difficult
Red Lodge, MT
Difficult Difficult
Red Lodge, MT

Photos of Southwestern Montana - 442

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Sourcing water on the Knox Lake Trail.
Apr 24, 2015 near Gardiner, MT
Wounded Man Lake.
Apr 25, 2015 near Cooke City, MT
Approaching Saddle Peak from the South.
Oct 18, 2015 near Bozeman, MT
Looking west just south of Rattlesnake Butte at sunset.
Apr 24, 2016 near Gardiner, MT
The Down River Ski Loop goes right along the Madison River for a good ways.
May 2, 2016 near West Ye…, MT
Shelf Lake
Nov 29, 2018 near Gardiner, MT
Views from the overlook
Nov 12, 2019 near Hamilton, MT
South bound view from top of Sacagawea Peak.
Aug 27, 2021 near Bozeman, MT
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