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Chestnut Mountain Trail #458

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 4.6 (5)

A steep, switchbacking hike with epic views of the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness from the summit.


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7.7

Miles

12.3

KM

Point to Point

7,651' 2,332 m

High

5,273' 1,607 m

Low

2,411' 735 m

Up

1,267' 386 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

This hike can be started from either the Goose Creek trailhead (easier, less scenic) or the Chestnut Mountain (also called Frog Rock) trailhead (steeper, more scenic).

From the Chestnut trailhead, you'll almost immediately begin climbing switchbacks. Your heart rate rises with your level of excitement. Soon, views of the Frog Rock area (popular for rock climbing) open up and the sounds of the highway and train recede.

Once atop Chestnut Mountain the millions of acres of the Absaroka Beartooth and Yellowstone ecosystem lies beyond to the east. Either continue hiking further and make this a car or bike-shuttled loop combined with Bear Canyon or Goose Creek, or turn around and head back down the hill from where you came.

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  4.6 from 5 votes

#4

in Bozeman

#5559

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#4

in Bozeman

#139

in Montana

#5,559

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Sunrise over the Absaroka Beartooths
Apr 23, 2015 near Bozeman, MT
Absaroka mts
May 15, 2019 near Bozeman, MT
At the trailhead, bridge crossing Rocky Creek.
Apr 3, 2020 near Bozeman, MT
At the trailhead, bridge crossing Rocky Creek.
Apr 3, 2020 near Bozeman, MT
About a quarter mile in from the trailhead, in late March.
Apr 3, 2020 near Bozeman, MT
The Bridger Mountain Range
Apr 23, 2015 near Bozeman, MT

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