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Hyalite Peak

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Enjoy waterfalls and mountain-top views galore on this summit route.


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15.0

Miles

24.1

KM

Out and Back

10,136' 3,090 m

High

6,894' 2,101 m

Low

3,245' 989 m

Up

3,245' 989 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Because much of Hyalite Basin and especially the final section of Hyalite Creek Trail #427 to the summit of Hyalite Peak are all north facing and/or shaded, this route tends to hold snow through mid-July.

Overview

Close to Bozeman, this peak hike is an easy escape to alpine lakes and meadows. The majority of the route climbs gently along the bottom of Hyalite Basin, generally paralleling and occasionally crossing Hyalite Creek. Hyalite Lake and the edge of the forest mark the beginning of the final push to the summit. Cross the meadow and ascend a series of switchbacks across scree-covered slopes to a saddle, then follow the ridgeline to Hyalite Peak.

Need to Know

This is a shared-use trail—expect to encounter mountain bikers and horses.

Description

From the popular Hyalite Creek Trailhead, follow the Hyalite Creek Trail #427 past dozens of gorgeous waterfalls, through thick coniferous forest, across boulder-strewn scree zones, and then up, up, up a series of switchbacks to gain the luscious Hyalite Lake cirque.

From the basin below Hyalite Peak begins another steep climb along switchbacks and possibly past late season snowfields to the pinnacle of the 10,000+ foot Hyalite Peak. From the peak, your views of a half-dozen mountain ranges unfold as far as the eye can see.

Flora & Fauna

Climbing along a creek and past lakes mean there are abundant summer wildflowers. And the final section of trail to the summit is a great place to spot alpine flowers.

Contacts

Shared By:

Sam H with improvements by Russell Hobart

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  4.9 from 11 votes

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Photos

Descending Hyalite Peak
Apr 22, 2015 near Bozeman, MT
Hyalite basin
Apr 22, 2015 near Bozeman, MT
Waterfall near the Hyalite Peak Trail
Apr 22, 2015 near Bozeman, MT
Looking down the Hyalite Creek valley
Apr 22, 2015 near Bozeman, MT
Just one of the many great views from the Hyalite Creek Trail!
May 29, 2015 near Bozeman, MT
Grade A view.
May 29, 2015 near Bozeman, MT

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Aug 23, 2021
The Turk
Dec 16, 2018
Rob Jones
Beautiful winter hike to Grotto falls, Arch Falls, and Silver Skein falls. 4mi
Aug 25, 2018
S S
Only went as far as silken skein, beautiful trail
Jul 29, 2018
Dave C
2.4mi
Jul 11, 2018
Lincoln Erickson
to the lake 11.5mi
Jul 9, 2018
Don Ward
Lindsay, MATT, Kathy, Andy and me. Turned back after .5 miles up upon hearing major thunder. Very black sky. 1mi
Sep 9, 2017
Bridger Miller
took all day to hike its a 14 mile round trip 14mi
Aug 5, 2017
Chelsea Cada
Easy uphill, to the first falls, Grotto. Easy to moderate to Arch falls. Some ripe huckleberries. Columbine, pussytoes, currant. 6.7mi