Gallatin Crest Trail
ElevationAscent: 5,046' 1,538 m
Descent: -3,626' -1,105 m
High: 10,212' 3,113 m
Low: 8,792' 2,680 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)
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“Epic views of the Gallatin and Paradise valleys from the spine of the "Devil's Backbone."”— samh Haraldson
It is hard work hiking from the valley floor to the ridge top but once there a hiker will find themselves staying up high and drinking in the far-stretching views across Yellowstone, the Absaroka-Beartooths, the Madison Range, the Bridgers, the Crazies, the Tobacco Roots, the Belts, and more.
The intrepid sustainability enthusiast can link up a ride on the Big Sky bus and the use of a bicycle to make for a low carbon footprint trip.
The access trails from the valleys are generally in good shape - some seeing lots of horse traffic. But once on the Ridge a keen eye is required to stay on track. The trail tread comes and goes but with a modicum of attention paid to cairns, cut logs, and trail tread the route is mostly obvious as it meanders along the ridge of the Gallatin Mountains.
Land Manager: USFS - Gallatin National Forest Office