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Sypes Canyon Trail

Intermediate
 4.3 (15) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A popular afternoon hike near Bozeman.


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6.4

Miles

10.3

KM

Out and Back

6,811' 2,076 m

High

5,244' 1,599 m

Low

1,599' 488 m

Up

1,599' 487 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

Sypes Canyon can be either a 4 mile out-and-back hike (there's a great overlook of the entire Gallatin Valley 2.0 miles in) or a 6.4 mile out-and-back if you go all the way to the Bridger Foothills Trail (which is a great option for extending your hike). This makes for a great spring or early summer hike as Sypes Creek is usually flowing until mid-summer. Because it's a popular route, it stays pretty packed out through the winter as well.

Description

The Sypes Canyon Trail is a good one for getting your heart rate up. It starts out for a short period of time flat and straight but quickly begins switchbacking as it heads towards joining the Bridger Foothills Trail. This trail can be an out and back, or can be joined for a loop with Truman Gulch, The College M Trail, or Middle Cottonwood.

From the trailhead make your way up the path gaining elevation gently. Once you're warmed-up, prepare for the real workout and the switchbacks begin. Things mellow out slightly as you gain one of the shoulders coming off the Bridger Ridge, but things don't get much easier. Continue climbing either until you reach an obvious promontory overlooking Bozeman or continue to the top where the trail joins the Bridger Foothills Trail.

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  4.3 from 15 votes

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20 minutes into the Sypes Canyon trail
Aug 4, 2019 near Bozeman, MT
Summit of Sypes Canyon trail.
Aug 4, 2019 near Bozeman, MT
View of Bozeman
Jul 22, 2017 near Bozeman, MT
Misty trail
Apr 23, 2015 near Bozeman, MT
Trail marker at the Crossroads
May 15, 2019 near Bozeman, MT

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May 15, 2020
Patrick Moran
Only got in 2.4, Friday afternoon, because video Happy Hour — 1h 10m
Aug 4, 2019
Betsy S
3.1mi
Jul 6, 2019
Matt Goolsby
Nice hike just outside Bozeman. 4.1mi — 9h 09m
Dec 9, 2018
Warren S
Oct 21, 2018
Warren S
Sep 6, 2018
Katie K
Walk/run
Jul 28, 2018
Alex Hostetler
Great trail run. Beautiful views of Bozeman from the ridge. A little rocky but very well maintained trailhead and trail. 6.6mi
Jul 4, 2018
Rachel Stinson
A fun place to watch the fireworks from. Totally passable at night. An easy hike with great views. Be smart- there are mountain lions in the area. — 1h 30m