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Recommended Routes in Gallatin National Forest - 33

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Favorite Lava Lake Trail
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
Favorite Approaching Saddle Peak from the South.
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
Favorite Standing on the edge of Jewel Lake
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
Favorite Yellowstone River near the Bear Creek bridge.
Difficult

Black Canyon of the Yellowstone

12.9 mi 20.7 km 1,545' Up 471 m Up 2,036' Down 620.5 m Down

Mammoth…, WY
Favorite Descending Hyalite Peak
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
Favorite Spring Leaves
Difficult

Wilson Peak

12.5 mi 20.1 km 4,164' Up 1269.08 m Up 4,163' Down 1268.88 m Down

Big Sky, MT
Favorite The Gallatin Mountain Range from the Gallatin Divide
Difficult

Gallatin Crest Trail

23.7 mi 38.1 km 5,046' Up 1537.98 m Up 3,626' Down 1105.35 m Down

Big Sky, MT
Favorite Ousel Falls
Intermediate

Ousel Falls

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

Big Sky, MT
Favorite Granite Peak from the South ridge of Conical Peak.
Difficult

Trespass-Sweetgrass-Cottonwood Loop

23.1 mi 37.1 km 6,840' Up 2084.96 m Up 6,844' Down 2086.01 m Down

Livingston, MT

Gallatin National Forest Hiking

  • 2,722 Miles 4,380 Kilometers of Trail
  • 34 Recommended Routes
  • 57 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 226 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 195 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Gallatin National Forest - 444

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3.3 mi 5.3 km #1Beehive Basin Trail #40
Intermediate/Difficult
Big Sky, MT
Intermediate/Difficult
Big Sky, MT 14 
10.7 mi 17.3 km #2Sky Rim Trail
Difficult
Big Sky, MT
Difficult
Big Sky, MT
15.8 mi 25.4 km #3Yellowstone River Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Tower Junction, WY
Intermediate/Difficult
Tower Junction, WY
4.1 mi 6.6 km #4Cottonwood Lake
Intermediate
Livingston, MT
Intermediate
Livingston, MT
6.6 mi 10.6 km #5Corbly Gulch Trail #544
Intermediate/Difficult
Bozeman, MT
Intermediate/Difficult
Bozeman, MT
9.1 mi 14.7 km #6Buffalo Horn Trail
Difficult
Big Sky, MT
Difficult
Big Sky, MT
10.0 mi 16.1 km #7Trespass Creek Trail
Intermediate
Livingston, MT
Intermediate
Livingston, MT
5.4 mi 8.7 km #8East Fork Hyalite Creek Trail #434
Intermediate
Bozeman, MT
Intermediate
Bozeman, MT
24.6 mi 39.7 km #9Bangtail Divide Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Bozeman, MT
Intermediate/Difficult
Bozeman, MT
40.3 mi 64.9 km #10Yellowstone / Grand Teton Rail Trail - S Fork Rd to Warm River…
Easy
West Yellowstone, MT
Easy
West Yellowstone, MT

Photos of Gallatin National Forest - 286

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Approaching Saddle Peak from the South.
Oct 18, 2015 near Bozeman, MT
Wounded Man Lake.
Apr 25, 2015 near Cooke City, MT
The Down River Ski Loop goes right along the Madison River for a good ways.
May 2, 2016 near West Ye…, MT
Sourcing water on the Knox Lake Trail.
Apr 24, 2015 near Gardiner, MT
Looking west just south of Rattlesnake Butte at sunset.
Apr 24, 2016 near Gardiner, MT
Hanging out on a rick looking at Lava Lake.
Jun 16, 2021 near Big Sky, MT
Lava Lake
Jun 16, 2021 near Big Sky, MT
Crossing the creek at the mouth of Avalanche Lake
Aug 16, 2019 near Big Sky, MT